Melinda L. VanLowe

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fairfax, VA

The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC
 | 10201 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 580
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-865-5555
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • Schools & Education (10%)
Attorney Profile

At The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC, located in Fairfax, Virginia, Melinda VanLowe focuses her practice on criminal and civil litigation. Representing clients throughout Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, she defends those who have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies, including robbery, fraud, sex crimes, drug possession or trafficking, and DUI. Ms. VanLowe's civil litigation practice primarily encompasses education and abuse and neglect (child protective services) matters.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in government, Ms. VanLowe went on to attend American University Washington College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2002. After law school, she clerked for a judge on the Fairfax Circuit Court and then worked as an associate at Greenspun Shapiro, PC, a well-known law firm, before opening her firm in 2012. Ms. VanLowe is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

As an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Ms. VanLowe has led classes on a wide array of topics, including legal writing, counseling, interviewing and negotiation. Always striving to stay abreast of current developments in her fields of practice, she belongs to a variety of professional organizations, including the Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Fairfax Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association. Ms. VanLowe serves on the Virginia State Bar Council and was appointed to the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Legal Education Committee.  She has also received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 "Superb" rating through Avvo.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Source: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/22030-va-melinda-vanlowe-4024843.html
Source: http://www.martindale.com/Melinda-L-VanLowe/3355718-lawyer.htm

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%): DUI/DWI

Schools & Education (10%): Education, Schools

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Schools & Education: Education, Schools

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top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2015

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About Melinda VanLowe

Admitted 2003, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.vanlowelaw.com/about-melinda.html

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member - Nominating Committee, Virginia State Bar Council, 2014
  • Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2011
  • Virginia State Bar, 2003
  • Former Secretary and Vice President, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys' Association
  • Board Member, Northern Virginia Women Attorneys' Association 
  • Member, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys' Association 
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Council, 2012 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Board Member, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board Community Service Chair

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Northern Virginia Legal Services Atorney of the Day Program - Domestic Violence Protective Order Hearings

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor of Counseling, Interviewing and Negotiation skills with the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of legal writing with the George Mason School of Law

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Avvo Superb Rating of 10.0 - Top Attorney Criminal Defense and DUI 
  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Preeminent Peer/Client rating for ethical standards and legal ability

Educational Background:

  • University of Virignia, B.A., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Government, 1997
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Office Location for Melinda L. VanLowe

10201 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 580
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-865-5555

 

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Last Updated: 9/28/2015

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