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About Me

Melinda L. VanLowe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Virginia. She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law. After graduating from law school, Melinda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis J. Smith, now Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Following her clerkship, Ms. VanLowe joined the firm of Greenspun and Mann, P.C., which is now Greenspun Shapiro, PC. Melinda focused her practice on criminal defense, domestic relations and general civil litigation.  She litigated a plethora of trials in both federal and state courts regarding charges ranging from reckless driving and driving while intoxicated to drug conspiracy and immigration fraud charges. For her work, Ms. VanLowe has been named a Virginia Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.


In addition to her practice, Ms. VanLowe served as an adjunct professor of legal writing with the George Mason School of Law for the Fall semester of 2004 and an adjunct professor of Counseling, Interviewing and Negotiation skills with the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law for the Spring semester of 2011. Ms. VanLowe is also a current member of theFairfax Bar Association, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys’ Association, Northern Virginia Women Attorneys’ Association, and a board member of the Commonwealth of Virginia MCLE Board.

After her many years of practice, Ms. VanLowe has now opened her own law practice, The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC, where she continues litigating criminal, civil and administrative matters in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. VanLowe has been admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 15%
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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Payment Types:

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Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Sarah Marie Welch

    Ms. Van Lowe is a very well-respected attorney. She truly cares about her clients and is very knowledgeable about the law.


    Sarah Welch Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joshua Michael Wilson

    Melinda is an excellent attorney who is very well-respected in the community. Very knowledgeable and hardworking. A true asset to the practice of law. I endorse this lawyer.


    Joshua Wilson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

10201 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 580
Fairfax, VA, 22030

10201 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 580
Fairfax, VA, 22030



DCActive 201105/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarWashington D.C. Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateGreenspun, Shapiro2004 - 2011
Law ClerkThe Circuit Court of Fairfax County2002 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Virginia State Bar CouncilCouncil Member2012 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)Board Member2004 - Present
Fairfax Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
Nothern Virginia Black Attorneys' AssociationPast Vice PresidentN/A
Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education BoardBoard MemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of VirginiaGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1997