Jonathan P. Sheldon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, P.L.C.
 | 10621 Jones Street, Suite 301-A
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-229-7000
Fax: 703-251-0757
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jonathan P. Sheldon is a founding partner of Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, P.L.C., a criminal defense-focused law firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Sheldon concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense and appellate cases. He has been representing clients throughout the Fairfax area for more than 20 years.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mr. Sheldon went on to graduate at the top of his class from William & Mary Law School. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Southern District of Texas and the District of Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Sheldon is chair of the Virginia State Bar's yearly conference on capital murder defense. He also belongs to the organization's criminal law section, where he serves as a council member.

Mr. Sheldon has served as a consultant for media including CNN, CBS News and television programs such as "Law & Order" and "Larry King Live." He also frequently serves as a speaker at conferences and seminars.

Giving back to his local community is also something that Mr. Sheldon enjoys. Once a month, he provides pro bono legal services to individuals in need of protective orders. He has also represented inmates and other individuals in need of legal help over the course of his years in practice.

Mr. Sheldon is the author of the only treatise on habeas corpus and post-conviction remedies in Virginia: “Virginia Law and Practice: Post-Conviction Remedies in Virginia,” VaCLE  2016, and is co-author of “Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia,” VaCLE 2017

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Appellate (50%): Appeals

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Murder

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Appeals, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Murder, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Jonathan Sheldon

Admitted: 2004, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Virginia State Bar Capital Defense Workshop - Chair, 2015
  • Virginia State Bar Council Member - Criminal Law Section, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals For The D.C., 4th, 5th & 6th Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • Virginia Bar

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


  • Commonwealth v. Revuru, jury trial, client found Not Guilty in less than 30 minutes. , 2015
  • In Re Aponte - Pardon granted to petitioner for a felony conviction, January 2015. , 2015
  • Commonwealth v. Helmy.  The defendant was convicted in 2009. The defendant discovered that this conviction had Immigration consequences more than five years later, in 2015.  On September 18, 2015, the court ordered a change to the conviction resulting in a "NOT guilty" finding., 2015
  • Kozich v. Department of Corrections, Habeas petition granted that alleged ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing, which resulted in a 6-year sentence. After winning his habeas case, Kozich was sentenced to drug treatment., 2014
  • Commonwealth v. Burns, Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously reverses in capital case for a jury trial., 2010
  • Williams v. Dretke 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 34438 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
  • Muhammad v. Kelly 575 F. 3d 359 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Bell v. True 413 F. Supp. 2d 657 (W.D. Va. 2009)
  • Powell v. Kelly 562 F. 3d 656 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Dowdy v. Commonwealth 278 Va. 577 (2009)
  • Muhammad v. Kelly 558 U.S. 1019 (2009)
  • Burns v. Commonwealth 279 Va. 243 (2010)
  • Williams v. Thaler 602 F.3d 291 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Gray v. Kelly 131 S. Ct. 2956 (2011)
  • United States v. Khan, 451 Fed. Appx. 262 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Brame v. Pixley, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77351 (E.D. Va. 2012)
  • Gray v. Pearson, 526 Fed. Appx. 331 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Ngo v. Holloway, 551 Fed. Appx. 713 (4th Cir. 2014)
  • Dominguez v. Pruett, 287 Va. 434 (2014)
  • Morva v. Davis, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 127932 (W.D. Va. 2014)
  • Escamilla v. Superintendent, Rappahannock Reg'l Jail, 777 S.E.2d 864 (Va. 2015)
  • Dir. of the Dep't of Corr. v. Kozich, 2015 Va. LEXIS 171, Rec. No. 141788 (Dec. 10, 2015) (granting Kozich a writ of habeas corpus)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly notes Sheldon’s criminal defense experience around the country.
  • The Washington Post reports on Sheldon’s representation of the D.C. Sniper
  • Slate describes Sheldon’s work to exonerate the innocent
  • Washingtonian Magazine features Sheldon
  • Mr. Sheldon has either appeared in or been asked to consult on numerous books and television shows, including CNN, CBS News, Al Jazeera News, Law & Order, Larry King Live, Laura Lippman’s book I’d Know You Anywhere, and is featured in the 2013 book Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.

Educational Background:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.S. in Mathematics, 1987
Office Location for Jonathan P. Sheldon

10621 Jones Street
Suite 301-A
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-229-7000

Fax: 703-251-0757

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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