Mr. Long is a graduate of the College William and Mary, where he was the captain of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation Mr. Long coached high school wrestling for five years, during which he was named coach of the year and Vice President of the Virginia Independent School Wrestling Association. He then enrolled in the Washington and Lee School of Law, which is one of the top twenty-five law schools in the United States. During law school, Mr. Long interned with the Commonwealths Attorneys Office in Loudoun County and clerked for a federal judge in Philadelphia. After graduating from law school, Mr. Long settled down in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked at the Public Defenders Office in the City of Richmond. Mr. Long rose to the level of Deputy Public Defender while handling cases ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to murder, rape and arson. Mr. Long developed a reputation as both a exceptional litigator and a shrewd negotiator. After leaving the Public Defenders Office, Mr. Long became a partner at the law firm of Thorsen, Honey, Baldwin and Meyer, where he continues to defend citizens against the Commonwealth of Virginia.