Firm Overview

In May of 1997, I founded Melehy & Melehy LLC with my wife, Suvita Melehy. This firm later became Zipin & Melehy, LLC, and later Melehy & Associates, LLC. While the size of the firm has fluctuated over the years, the firm presently has one principal, one managing attorney, and two legal assistants. The firm has grown steadily over the years in revenue, size, number of clients and number of employees.

The Firm's primary focuses are Employment Law, Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, Real Estate Law, and Commercial Law

Example cases

Employment Law:
In Mohammed Amin Kakeh v. United Planning Organization, Inc., a federal court case, I represented the Plaintiff and in December, 2008, obtained a jury verdict of $891,396. The trial lasted nearly one month and was premised on the Defendant's violation of three whistle-blower statutes, including the Federal False Claims Act, the District of Columbia False Claims Act and the district of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act.

Commercial Law
Michael Conte v. Towson University, a case brought in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County Maryland for breach of an employment contract. The jury verdict was rendered a verdict in October, 2001 for $921,000.

Main Office

Main
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 610
Silver Spring  MD  20910

Phone
  • (301) 587-6364
Fax
  • (301) 587-6308

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We do offer free consultations of 20 minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I would offer a 25% discount off of the firm's normal and customary hourly fees if the client mentions Nolo. The normal and customary hourly fees are as follows:

Vincent Melehy: $450 per hour
Michael Amster: $225 per hour
Suvita Melehy: $345 per hour

Hourly Rates

See Above

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Ashley Webster

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My primary practice area within Employment Law is employment discrimination. There is no greater satisfaction than achieving a good result in a meritorious discrimination case.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

One of the first things I do when I meet a client is to educate them about the legal issues revolving around the matter for which they are seeking representation. I want them to understand the legal principles that apply and my analysis of those legal issues. Additionally, legal issues arise or come to the forefront during representation. I always educate the clients I am representing about these legal issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

While I will review contracts prepared by clients, I will not review any documents which clients draft for filing in court themselves. If I were to draft a document for a client to sign in a case where he or she was representing themselves, I would be ghost writing which is unethical.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I usually offer some general advice to them. However, in discrimination cases it is almost impossible for client's to be successful unless he or she is represented by an attorney. I usually tell clients this. I generally do not coach clients in representing themselves unless it involves a claim for unemployment benefits or a simple breach of contract claim.

Vincent Melehy

Following graduation from law school, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge William H. Adkins, II of Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland's highest State Court and an all-certiorari court. In September of 1988, I joined the Maryland Office of the Attorney General where I worked as a staff attorney in the Civil Litigation Division. In September of 1990, I became an Assistant Attorney General and represented the Maryland Department of Transportation. During this time, I had a total of eight jury trials and served as lead counsel in seven of those trials and represented the state in at least twenty-five appeals before the Maryland Appellate Courts.

From the time I was a teenager, I earned money by working. That experience has helped me understand what it is like to be an employee and how the breakdown of the employer/employee relationship can have significant repercussions and lead to actions which are unfair, in violation of law, or discriminatory. Because of this experience, I can empathize with employees who undergo harsh or unlawful treatment at work.

My strength is trial litigation and education of the client. I educate my clients about their cases, the risks, the potential rewards and their likelihood of success. Most of my clients have been injured emotionally and psychologically. I am especially sensitive to this, but never give a client false hopes about their case regardless of the magnitude of their injuries, because that harms them in the long run.

Personal interests:

My personal interests are my family. I am married with two young girls. I also like sports and exercise.

License
  • Bar Number: 05712
    Maryland , 1987
  • Bar Number: 05712
    Maryland , 1987
Education
  • Antioch School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1986
    Washington, DC

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