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Ryan Michael Schmalzle

Family Attorney at Leesburg, VA

4.7   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 12 years
    Virginia - VA 15 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Contested and Uncontested Divorce, custody and visitation disputes, child and spousal support disputes, mediation, property settlement agreements, protective orders, custody modifications, support modifications, enforcement of support orders, enforcement of divorce orders, contempt of court proceedings, separate maintenance, step-parent adoptions.

    14 years

  2. Car accident
    At Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC – People Matter. Do not wait to act as the Commonwealth of Virginia has strict filing deadlines for personal injury claims. Call us today for a free consult

  3. Personal injury
    A serious injury is a life-changing event. Following an accident, you may be out of work, dealing with pain in your everyday life, and worried about your future. You don’t have to face this situation alone. We can help.

Ryan M. Schmalzle is a cum laude graduate of George Mason University School of Law.  After law school, Mr. Schmalzle worked at the law firm of Wiley Rein on K Street, NW in Washington, DC.  Mr. Schmalzle left Washington, DC and the big firm culture to practice in Leesburg, Virginia Ryan started Beckman Schmalzle PLC with his close friend and colleague Spencer Beckman because they both share the business philosophy that people matter most of all and they wanted to work for a business with that core value.  The majority of Mr. Schmalzle’s practice involves family law issues, and Mr. Schmalzle also represents clients in general civil litigation cases and criminal cases.  Mr. Schmalzle resides with his wife and daughter in Frederick, Maryland.

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Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross, PLC
102 North King Street
Leesburg, VA, 20176
Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross, PLC
15 North Court Street
Suite 201
Frederick, MD, 21701
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Posted by Matthew | May 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
YOU can count on everyone at SG Law; simple as that.
If you need to have your rights protected or simply be properly represented in or out of Court regarding any matter, that matters; Ryan Schmalzle and The SG Law Firm (Megan Houck is awesome) are the ones our whole family can count on. Always prompt, attentive, they listen, offer sound realistic advice and set proper expectations. From our Wills, Traffic Tickets and General advice. It is great to have the SG Team on our side. Thank you for all that you have done (and will do) for our family.
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Posted by Bill | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best, you need this guy on your side!
None of these positive reviews surprises me in the least. of course Ryan is extremely professional and is backed by a great professional staff, but more importantly, he is sharp and very fast on his feet. I thought I was a goner as I sat in court and heard the case in front of me as the prosecuting atty was arguing against a continuance for a defendant in the hospital for emergency surgery with a note from the surgeon. She was out for blood, guilty or innocent. At one point I heard her say to the officer, I take them all personally. When our turn came up, Ryan was brilliant. After prosecution laid out the case, Ryan calmly pointed out issues I did not even know existed. The prosecutor tried to counter vigorously, but Ryan simply used her own words to counter her arguments with impeccable logic. I thought I was fast on my feet but Ryan is an artist. Lets face it- the system is not out for justice. Prosecutors prosecute and Judges... maybe they would like to see justice, but its not their job to find it for you. You need some who is sharp, knows the system and is motivated to win on your side to offset the fact that the system provides two people against you (prosecutor and officer) and one who is hopefully willing to listen (the Judge). Ryan is that guy. Do yourself a favor and hire a guy that can phrase the argument in a way the judge can hear it and adjust under pressure if necessary. Hire Ryan and get justice.
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Posted by Cabot | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan possess every quality when someone wants to find not only an amazing lawyer, but amazing individual as well. Ryan and his staff were so welcoming, helpful, and genuinely care about you. You are not just another client, they treat you as if you are a member of their family, going above and beyond what is expected to protect you. He made the process easy by explaining each step, the best course of action, every possible outcome, and communicated promptly, responsibly, and respectfully. Thanks to Ryan my charges were dismissed, and I will be forever grateful; he was my first lawyer, and will forever be the only one I want. Thank you Ryan!!
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Posted by Jeffrey | May 12, 2014
Very professional and extremely helpful. I highly recomment Ryan!
Ryan Schmalzle is an excellent Attorney. He is very quick to respond to phone calls and emails. He Always answers any questions I have and is very helpful with explaining things. He is very professional in and out of the court room and is willing to go the extra mile to help. He did a great job with my criminal case and I highly recommend Ryan to anyone seeking an Attorney in the area.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2014
A Legal Friend
"The termination of a marriage is emotional. Ryan's experience, professionalism, and genuine care for my needs helped me navigate through the many pot holes I could have fallen into which would have made my post divorce life difficult. I appreciate Ryan's service, it felt like I was working with a friend."
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2013
Dedicated to his clients and their best interests!
I met with Mr. Schmalzle on behalf of a family member, regarding a lengthy civil matter that resulted in a period of incarceration despite a criminal charge. I called his office late one afternoon after realizing the impending necessity of legal representation. Mr. Schmalzle was attentive, understanding of the situation and incredibley helpful in resolving the matter. Mr. Schmalzle was very fair and offered full transparency into the legal options available. Once hired, he sprung to action and immediately begain setting things in motion. This showed his commitment to clients. Despite juggling multiple cases, he was always available and provided updates through whichever channel was immediately available (phone, email, etc). Not only was he able to resolve the matter, he took the necessary steps to ensure the situation would remain settled going forward, after his representation had ended. This level of attentiveness, sets him apart and demonstrates a level of commitment deeply rooted to the system of justice. On the day of court, it was evident that Mr. Schmalzle is a respected member of the legal community. His presence in the courtroom was neccessary in releasing my family member. Mr. Schmalzle is an attorney who is truly dedicated to his trade. I would reccommend anyone to reach out to Mr. Schmalzle when seeking representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2013
Diplomatic, Knowledgeable, and Professional
As with the other reviews, I cannot emphasize how well Ryan handled my case. Although, the case brought some challenges, Ryan always stayed true to giving all possible outcomes (even worst case). I appreciated the wealth of knowledge and familiarity with the local counties. His ability to be honest and up front as well as his determination on making the best case possible are invaluable. He kept me informed and was very responsive to any concerns I may have had. He demonstrated tact and diplomacy when resolving conflicts with opposing counsel, addressing concerns directly in a professional and courteous manner. He kept the fight up even when I felt like giving up at times. I recommend Ryan to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by Roger | June 19, 2013
Indispensable Advice, Effective Mediator
Ryan is very organized and at the top of his game. I approached him just a few short weeks before a pending court hearing regarding a custody/visitation dispute after struggling to represent myself, pro se. He provided timely counsel, intervened with the other side immediately after months of my being stonewalled by opposing counsel, and was able to elicit an amicable settlement while taking careful measures to minimize costs. In the end, Ryan proved to be a very effective mediator, and we were able to settle outside of court. Every penny for his advice and services was well worth it.
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Posted by Ray | June 18, 2013
Accessible, responsive and aggressively worked on my behalf
Ryan is knowledgeable, dependable, professional and worth every penny I paid for his services. He was always available, responding quickly by phone and email, so I was never left guessing when I needed something. He took steps to reduce costs as much as possible, unlike some lawyers that do everything they can to pad their billing, which I greatly appreciated, and his advice was always spot on and the end result was a successful conclusion to my case at the least possible expense. So I would highly recommend him, his hourly rate was not the cheapest, but as with most things in life you get what you pay for. I received great value for my money and I expect anyone who hires him will feel the same way.
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Posted by Heidi | June 14, 2013
Great advice.
Ryan helped me with some great advice during my separation and divorce. His professionalism and responsiveness were excellent. I would definitely recommend Ryan to anyone who is looking for a great divorce attorney.
Posted by Nicole | June 14, 2013
Ryan helped me so much with my divorce. I had tried to do the process all on my own but realized pretty quickly that I just didn't have the knowledge. He is very personable and knowledgeable. He saved me from having to redo all of my paperwork and my divorce was finalized within a couple weeks after hiring him. I cannot thank him enough and am so happy he was recommended to me! If anything should every arise again for me I will definitely be contacting him.
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Posted by Natalie | June 12, 2013
Organized, punctual and professional
Mr. Schmalzle was an amazing attorney to have worked with on my traffic violation case. He was organized, punctual, and professional in the court room which helped ease my nerves. Our communication prior to the case was detailed and Mr. Schmalzle was responsive to all of my questions and concerns providing detailed answers. I felt very prepared for our case and confident in his ability to defend my case. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want to be used for money then hire
I hired Ryan on as my attorney after the previous attorney I had racked up ridiculous amount of fees without having itemized invoices to provide for the work he had done. Long story short, Ryan did the same thing. When confronted with this, he failed or provide any documentation of an itemized invoice and had no explanation of what he was doing for “case prep” 3 hour increments, two hours, 4 hours and the list goes on. I called to question him about my bill and had concerns about what I was looking at and the time he spent speaking with me about billing concerns, WERE THEN ON MY NEXT INVOICE. I relayed to Ryan I did not wish to further my case any more with him, he continued working on the case and when it came time he calls my father to tell him he is 99% sure he can win this case and to continue keeping him on as counsel. Against my wishes he continues the case that I know longer was willing to further and on top of that goes behind my back and calls my father. Well, turns out he lost the case and managed to rack up another $12,000 on top of the $5,000 retainer we had previously been told it would cost. Now, I am sorry when your client is told that this won’t cost anymore than $5,000 how is it that you manage to rack up a bill of $17,000? All in all we ended up telling him we will only pay half of that bc he went against my wishes and betrayed attorney client Privilege by speaking to my dad and instead of just dropping the case as he was told he continued to further work on it, despite my wishes. We came to an agreement, so I thought bc he knew I had no interest in furthering that court case and we paid half of that. Which in all reality we were told we’d only be spending $5,000 in total. Which he managed to spend DOUBLE that and let me tell you, the opposing party’s lawyer did not manage to go above their $5,000 retainer when my lawyer managed to go up $20,000. He added an extra $3000-$4000 of working with a hired firm in Richmond bc he did not know how to handle the court of appeals court. Yet another thing I did not approve of nor did I know he was hiring another firm to do his work that he promised he was 99% sure he could win. I was already hesistsnt to take this on anyway and the fact that my lawyer who says he knows what he is doing is hiring another firm for the court of appeals bc he doesn’t know how to do x y and z, is very concerning. Now to add it all of this, I already had a distaste for what was going on that I was completely oblivious to all of the charges he was managing to rack up. At the end of it all we lost in the court of appeals after I was pursuaded AGAINST my own better judgment, AGAINST what I felt I did not want to do. Due to my lack of knowledge in the law and having good faith and trust that your attorney will lead you down a path that isn’t set up for failure, I ended paying about $13,000. And now after we came to an agreement that since he lead me down a misguided path that I was not willing to take the other $6,000 would be on him. He was unable to provide detailed analysis and documentation of all these random hours on top of hours of “prep and research.” With all of that and our agreement, I was just served in a civil lawsuit for “Warrant in debt, of $6,000.” Its amazing the audacity that humans have nowadays. I suggest you steer clear of this lawyer unless you want to be paying unreasonable ridiculous amounts of money then when faced to provide itemized detailed analysis of the work he was charging me for, come up empty handed. I am currently seeking counsel for a counter malpractice suit. Do your research before you hire this lawyer. Steer clear unless you want to be paying for work that was never done.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross, PLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • George Mason University School Of Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Contract Attorney
  • Charapp & Weiss
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Principal
  • Schmalzle Law, PLC
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Wiley Rein, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Wiley Rein, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Susan G. Braden
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Washington DC Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Virginia Rising Star 2014
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Virginia Rising Star 2013
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • UNESCO Law Visiting Scholars Program
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Ethics, Evidence, & a Judge
  • Evidence
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Ryan
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a fantastic family law attorney. He is caring and compassionate to his clients and very knowledgeable about all aspects of domestic matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Ryan for years and would highly recommend him. He is exceptionally bright, well-spoken and is able to handle difficult legal issues that require good judgment. Most importantly, I know that he is dogged in pursuit of his clients’ best interests."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first encountered Mr. Schmalzle a year ago in a protective order case wherein he represented the parents. I found him to be well prepared, articulate and passionate about his case. Since then, I have come to respect him even more as a result of his honesty and directness. Great qualities in a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan for any person who needs help with a criminal or family law issue. Ryan has an impressive breadth of knowledge that goes beyond his years in practice, because he has a lot of intellectual curiosity and desire to know the law, and to practice the law correctly and get the best result for his clients. He has a good reputation in the courthouse among his peers and is a rising star in the bar."
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