Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC

Experienced Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia

Firm Overview

A modern approach to the traditional practice

Founding partners Sean P. Schmergel and Dennis M. Mersberger opened the practice over a decade ago to provide clients with a law firm that echoed the traditions of a classic boutique law practice, yet utilized modern methods to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective results. The firm's goal is to provide personalized attention to each client in resolving all manner of family law, traffic defense and criminal defense legal matters. Clients can expect not only zealous representation, but a commitment to resolving each case in the most efficient manner, whether in court or by negotiation.

At Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC, clients are afforded creative, open-minded and forward-thinking legal expertise based on years of experience in the local court systems. Each case is passionately pursued with the unique approach it deserves.

Dedicated to helping resolve problems effectively and efficiently

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC is not a "general practice" law firm, and chooses to focus in only two main areas of the law: Criminal Defense and Family Law. Mr. Schmergel serves as lead counsel in all family law cases at the firm, and Mr. Mersberger handles the firm's criminal and traffic cases. They believe that limiting their practice areas in this manner allows them to be more proficient in their respective practice areas and stay abreast of developments in the law which affect their clients. The firm therefore offers a full range of services in the limited areas of family law, traffic defense and criminal defense, including:

Family Law
Child custody
Child support
Domestic Violence
Pre- and post- marital agreements
Protective orders
Traffic Defense
Speeding tickets/Reckless driving
Driving on a suspended license
Restricted driver's licenses
Hit and run
Other traffic violations
Criminal Defense
Drug offenses
Petit/grand larceny/vandalism
Simple assault/malicious wounding
Domestic assault and battery
Weapons charges
Credit card fraud/Theft
Carjacking and auto tampering
Expungement petitions
Criminal appeals

Please call us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

To find out how the attorneys at Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC can help you resolve your legal matters, contact the firm today.

Main Office

Main Office
100 North Pitt Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314


(703) 549-5335


(703) 739-1357

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Criminal defense encompasses protecting the rights of an accused and the details of the criminal process. At Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC we can assist you with any of the following criminal defense matters:

Grand juries
Pretrial hearings
Jury selection
Post-trial remedies
In order to prove any crime, no matter how serious, the prosecutor must prove that the accused committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have been charged with a crime, obtaining an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial.

Fearless and passionate representation

We offer criminal defense clients the aggressive representation needed to ensure their rights are defended appropriately. Facing criminal charges is an emotionally draining and stressful experience. With much at stake, it is critical that your attorney defend your case with unflinching determination.

Trust your attorney to serve your interests

With potential penalties including fines, parole and jail time, the outcome of a criminal trial can drastically impact a client's life. Because of the serious nature of most criminal trials, it is imperative that the accused work with legal representation they can trust.

We are dedicated to establishing a personal connection with our criminal defense clients. We strongly believe that at no point should a client ever have to question the intentions, competence or personal investment of the attorney defending their criminal trial.

Experienced criminal defense representation

We have the experience handling a wide array of criminal defense cases and are prepared to defend the following types of cases:

Assault and battery
Criminal appeals
Money laundering
Parole and probation
Post-conviction remedies
Search and seizure
Traffic violations
Weapons charges
Wire fraud
We fight zealously on behalf of our clients for the best possible outcome in every case.

Contact the firm today

If you are facing criminal charges, get the qualified and aggressive defense you need to resolve your case. Contact Schmergel & Mersberger today.

Dennis Mersberger

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC

Dennis M. Mersberger is co-founder of Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC. He hails from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, but has made Alexandria, Virginia his home. Mr. Mersberger defends both adult and juvenile criminal and traffic matters before all state and federal courts in Virginia. He is a zealous advocate and will fiercely defend his clients' position, whether in trial before a judge or jury, or in plea negotiations with the prosecution.

Prior to founding Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC Mr. Mersberger worked with some of the best criminal defense lawyers in Northern Virginia, honing his practice prior to opening his own firm with Mr. Schmergel. While a student at George Mason University School of Law, Mr. Mersberger participated in a legal clinic with the courts of Fairfax County, Virginia and in particular interned with the judges of the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court on cases ranging from juvenile delinquency to domestic assault.

Mr. Mersberger is a member of the Criminal Law section of the Virginia State Bar and he serves as Committee Chair to the Alexandria Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.

Law School:

George Mason University School of Law, J.D.


University of Nottingham Trent, Nottingham, England
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, B.A., English Literature, 1996