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Jonathan P Sheldon

Appeals Attorney at Fairfax, VA

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    60%
    Specialization in criminal and habeas corpus appeals. Sheldon is the author of the only treatise in Virginia on post-conviction remedies and habeas corpus: "Virginia Law and Practice: Post-conviction remedies in Virginia" forthcoming 2016.

    28 years

  2. Criminal defense
    36%
    Jury trials and appeals, but most of my criminal work focuses on post-conviction, especially habeas petitions in serious cases.

    28 years

  3. Civil rights
    2%
    Sheldon obtained favorable settlements for clients in two 2016 excessive force cases, one against a correctional officer in a prison, another against a police officer.

  4. Expungement
    2%
    Sheldon is the author of the only treatise in Virginia on post-conviction remedies and habeas corpus: "Virginia Law and Practice: Post-conviction remedies in Virginia" forthcoming 2016.

Sheldon is ranked in the top 5% of all lawyers in appeals and criminal defense by Super Lawyers.  He 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  2020, and is co-author of “Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia,” VaCLE 2019.  

A 30 minute initial consultation is $250.

2017 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sheldon’s successful federal habeas overturning 70-year juvenile sentence a “huge win”

2016 - Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on Sheldon working to exonerate an innocent man 

2015 - Roanoke Times discusses Sheldon's exposure of parole board "shenanigans."

2014 - Virginia Lawyer's Weekly notes Sheldon's criminal defense experience around the country

2013 - Sheldon speaks to CBS News about defending high profile murder cases

2012 - Sheldon works to exonerate an innocent man and expose government misconduct

 

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Licensed for 26 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/27/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/08/2022
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/17/2022
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Jonathan

Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, PLC
10621 Jones St.
#301A
Fairfax, VA, 22030-7518

Reviews

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Posted by Ivan | September 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I know Jon and have worked with him. He is an excellent colleague, attorney, and person, fully dedicated to improving his profession and helping his clients. His concern for his clients, his knowledge and his experience make him an ideal advocate. I highly recommend Jon.
Posted by Jeanne | August 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One of the best
I’ve been a criminal defense attorney in Virginia for over 20 years and I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mr. Sheldon during that time. I unhesitatingly recommend him as one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with.
Posted by GW | August 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney
Over the time, I’ve found Me. Sheldon to be quite knowledgeable in the law, very good to work with and a provider of sound advice.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Caring Attorney
Jon Sheldon has represented my step-son through a difficult situation. He has done an outstanding job and provides excellent advice. Our battle is still underway and we are still in the fight with Jon Sheldon leading the charge. For us, Jon Sheldon has been fighting on his own expense to improve outcomes for those given life sentences as a Juvenile. He has had some victories and opened the door for many like my step son to have a second shot. Jon is still fighting for my step son and we are hoping to see an eventual victory.
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Posted by Lisa | August 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best
I know I can always count on Jon Sheldon. Lots of lawyers know the law, know their way around a courtroom, can write an excellent motion or brief. Jon's got all that expertise but also so much more. He knows how to get things done. Jon excels at finding a path through even overwhelmingly difficult circumstances. He is creative, cares deeply and knows all the angles. He acts with respect and compassion. Jon's experience and devotion to his clients combine to produce great results. I have consulted with Jon on matters involving criminal defense, post-conviction, pardon and compassionate release, and complex issues associated with mental illness. Jon is a treasured colleague. He is a wonderful and generous resource for the legal community as well as for his clients.
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Posted by George | August 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
First class criminal defense attorney
I am a now-retired attorney who had the distinct honor and privilege of working with Jon Sheldon on a number of cases prior to my retirement. Jon is among the most dedicated, zealous, understanding, and perceptive attorneys whom I have ever encountered in the field of criminal defense, habeas corpus and other post-conviction proceedings, and appeals of same. I recommend him, with absolutely no limitation or qualification, to anyone unfortunate enough to find himself or herself in need of an attorney in one of those areas.
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Posted by Jason | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Who is in your corner?
Jonathan Sheldon represented me in a criminal post conviction case that spanned several years. Stage after stage in the post conviction process he stood by my side and fought in my behalf. He is well respected in his field and has many professional relationships that assisted me in my struggle to overcome an 80 year sentence that I was given at 15. Even after my appeals had run their course Jon Sheldon still fought on my behalf. This shows the heart and emotional investment he puts into his client’s case. He lobbied to change laws that would help others in my situation gain parole eligibility. And after gaining parole eligibility Jon Sheldon represented me during my parole hearing and advocated to the parole board why I should be given parole. This man is something special. The very first time I met him I remember being struck by how knowledgeable and legally sharp he was. I had met with several lawyers and had to labor through explaining to them the direction in which I wanted to fight my case, Jon was finishing my sentences. This man fought until I was freed!
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Posted by Marjan | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Sheldon & Flood is great to work with. They explain everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. If you need an attorney these are your guys.highly recommend.
Posted by Alex turcios | March 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Two time felon to none
I had the honor of having John Sheldon represent me in a really unique and life changing case. He went above and beyond for me.l would highly recommend John Sheldon he is the best attorney out there ,He is very knowledgeable and caring. By far the best attorneys I have ever had. Hiring John Sheldon was the best choice I made for my future.I went from a two time felon to a non felon to start my brand new life.
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Posted by Jesse | February 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FROM A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE TO THREE YEARS
From the first interaction with Jon Sheldon and his firm, I knew that my case would finally get the attention and respect that It deserved. From the paralegals, associates , advocates and Mr Sheldon himself this is hands down the best firm in the Virginia if not the country! Jon stood by my side when I had a Mandatory Life sentence and vowed to not stop until the job was done and now I'm preparing to go home and live the life that Jon Sheldon went and regained for me. This was one of the best decisions of my life!!! You WILL be fully satisfied at your results!!! 100% Jesse Dunaway
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
advice
Mr. Sheldon is a knowledgable attorney, very patient for his client, he gave ample time to review our case and offer us the best consultation and advice accordingly.
Posted by Simmy | July 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You want Mr. Sheldon in your corner
I consulted with Mr. Sheldon about a legal issue and appreciated that not only did he seem much more knowledgeable than the other lawyers that I spoke with, but he was extremely straightforward about my chances for success – I really appreciate his honesty.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
God Sent
When first contacting Mr. Sheldon’s office I didn’t know what to expect. But I put my faith in God and knew he would answer our prayers. After having a conversation with Me. Sheldon, he asked me to send my husband’s transcript to him. And I did just that. After Mr. Sheldon reviewed my husband’s transcript, he called and said to me that he would take his case. At the time of call I was at work. But hearing that made that day the best for us. Mr. Sheldon went right to work after that. He is a lawyer that sticks to his guns. Goes hard for his clients. Researches and can see straight through garbage. He is one of kind. He stays persistent and on task. My family and I looks at Jon as one of the family. We are forever great full for all he’s done and what he continues to do. He makes power moves. So glad we have you on our team. Jon Sheldon you rock!!!!! We Love you Jon!!
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Posted by Jason | June 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jon Sheldon Brilliant Attorney
Given an 80 year sentence at 15 years old, I've been incarcerated for over two decades and I've never felt like I had a real advocate fighting for me until we hired Jon to represent me in my Habeas. As a defendant in the justice system, you feel the full suffocating weight of the state's prosecution. Many times I felt hopeless, how can you not when the prosecution measures success by how many years they can strip away from you? Jon has been by my side and put in long hours and great work struggling to give me back my life. He's showed up in Virginia's General Assembly to lobby for criminal justice reform. That shows his above and beyond dedication to reform. Every Virginia defendant needs an attorney who knows the law inside and out, who intimately understands Virginia politics and all the different elements impacting our state justice system. You hire Jon and you hire a brilliant attorney that is going to dedicate his time to helping you reclaim your life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Realistic
I had a consultation with Mr. Sheldon regarding a 24 year old wrongful conviction case. I was impressed by how knowledgeable Mr. Sheldon was and that he was able to realistically explain the potential shortfalls as well as what may be helpful. I was very satisfied and would recommend Mr. Sheldon to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by Delfino | October 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, Honest, Able and Effective
My name is Delfino Ramirez and Jonathan Sheldon represented me in a civil rights case. Mr. Sheldon did quality work on my case and put a lot of effort into my representation. I felt that Mr. Sheldon showed great care for me and my case during his representation. He had very prompt and effective communication with me and was always available to speak to me when needed. He gave his best effort, worked very hard and, though it wasn’t the exact result that we wanted, achieved a satisfactory settlement for my case. He’s a very trustworthy and honest individual and I would recommend him to anybody who needs a good attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing, knowledgeable and very professional attorney!
Jon Sheldon is the best choice you can possibly make! He is very professional and extremely knowledgeable in what he does! He is an EXPERT in post-conviction! I went to many attorneys before and have been told that there is nothing can be done with my case! Jon was able to solve my post-conviction problem, which was really affecting my immigration process! It is no longer an issue for me! I am beyond happy with the results i received from Jon Sheldon! It has totally changed my life!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazingly thorough, well prepared and most knowledgeable
I reached out to Mr. Sheldon after discussing the matter with several other attorneys. I in fact hired another attorney prior to Mr. Sheldon, who did nothing, despite insisting on my innocence did absolutely nothing and eventually I was given a verdict that was very detrimental to me. and I ending up appealing the verdict. When I reached out to Mr. Sheldon, I first explained everything, my situation, and the first thing I asked him was if he believed in what I told him, that I was innocent and I was falsely accused and to take up my case only if he believed me. He, I presume, studied all the facts and also me as a person and took up my case. We had in fact over time developed mutual respect for each other. I can vouch and say for sure, Mr. Sheldon left no stone un-turned, he put in every possible effort, obtained every possible material, facts, documents, he spent time studying and preparing for the trial. I too reposed complete faith in him. At the trial The prosecutor spent hours parading their evidences, Mr. Sheldon however was short and sweet to the point stressing only on facts based pertinent evidences very few but very critical questions to point out the facts, only possible due to the time he spent preparing. The outcome was, the Jury unanimously in almost 15 minutes reached a verdict and acquitted me as not guilty. I was totally elated and humbled. I would definitely say, if not for Mr. Sheldon's hard work, preparation and thoroughness, I would still be fighting to prove my innocence. If there is anybody fighting hard and needs an attorney who will stand up for them and fight to get them justice, they should not wait and waste a second longer, I say reach out to Mr. Sheldon, the man he is, he will do everything in his power to help you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2014
Very helpful and knowledgable
This attorney helped me and gave me the right guidance even though I was in another jurisdiction. He gave me the help and guidance that I needed months ago. Also, he is very experienced and willing to help.
Posted by Marie | October 2, 2014
Great Lawyer
Hello everyone. I'm a resident in Virginia .I have been a client of Jonathan P Sheldon. Jonathan P Sheldon is good person,good father and good adviser.Despite that ,criminal charge is hard thing to deal with in the United States.As a lawyer, he has put all his knowledge ,experience and wisdom to convince a judge.He has good experience in criminal cases.He has always been successfully on a case and prove his competency in the practice of law in Virginia. I think everyone have to call him for a criminal cases . Thank You.
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Response from Jonathan Sheldon June 17, 2015
Marie is from Central Africa, a native French speaker, and her English is improving quickly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, PLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney Advisor
  • U.S. Courts
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • 1996 - 1997

Education

  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.S.
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Helmy
  • The court ordered a change to the conviction resulting in a "NOT guilty" finding
  • Commonwealth v. Revuru
  • Not guilty.
  • In Re Aponte
  • Pardon Granted
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Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Council Member, Criminal Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar's Capital Defense Workshop
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer-Top 5% of Criminal Defense and Appellate Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • "Best" - Top Lawyers in Virginia
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Capital Habeas Training
  • The importance of investigation in post-conviction
  • 2015
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Habeas relief for immigration consequences of criminal convictions
  • 2014
  • Capital Defense Seminar
  • Dealing with client mental illness in attorney client relationship
  • 2014
  • Capital Defense Seminar
  • Getting the evidence you need in a criminal case
  • 2013
  • Capital Defense Seminar
  • How to turn the state's crime lab into your advantage in a criminal case
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Endorse Jonathan
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Jon. He is well known and highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to consult and obtain Jon’s advice on numerous criminal matters and and he is, in my opinion, one of the preeminent criminal lawyers in Virginia, especially in the area of post-conviction. Having seen his post-conviction pleadings and argue before the Virginia Court of Appeals, his appellate and habeas knowledge and advocacy is unmatched. I regularly refer post-conviction matters to Jon knowing that he will provide honest, thoughtful, and real advice on whether a matter should be pursued."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney. John has appealed and been successful in some of the most difficult cases. If any client of mine comes to me with an appellate issue, Jon is the first person I call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon is a true contributor to the community and willing to take on any matter. He often handles the most challenging cases numerous other lawyers have turned down and obtains highly successful results!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sheldon is a brilliant attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the smartest lawyers I have ever met. His command of the law is first rate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan Sheldon is a great attorney! He is the best when it comes to post-conviction relief for Virginia convictions. He truly cares for his clients, and it shows in how meticulously he works on each case. We've worked on several cases together involving immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and I cannot endorse him enough for post-conviction relief matters."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon is a zealous advocate for his clients, and his knowledge of criminal defense and appeals is unparalleled. I highly recommend his services."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan is well known as the go-to-guy for post-conviction relief. He maintains a superb reputation for the focus, persistence, and creativity. If I were in trouble, he'd be on the top of my list."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jon Sheldon is known by those in the legal profession as an authority on post-trial matters. I have personally relied on him when dealing with such matters and I am always confident that my client and I are in good hands. In addition, I along with the legal community have observed Jon Sheldon represent some of the highest profile cases in Virginia on the appellant level with confidence and professionalism. I recommend Mr. Sheldon as counsel for any client seeking exceptional representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon Sheldon provides his clients with the highest level of legal representation at trial, on appeal or in post-conviction relief. While Mr. Sheldon excels in trial advocacy his expertise lies in post-conviction relief. Mr. Sheldon has literally saved the lives of his clients who were charged, convicted and sentenced to death through his creative and successful arguments in post-conviction relief. His legal acumen, knowledge of the law and pure tenacity are second to none in the field of Habeas Corpus relief. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Sheldon. When I have a client who is in need of post-conviction relief I rely on the advice and judgment of Jon Sheldon."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon Sheldon is the top authority in Northern Virginia when it comes to post-conviction remedies. As an immigration lawyer I routinely refer my clients to Mr. Sheldon and at least a few times a month I pick his brain on issues like habeas, coram nobis, or other options. He is without a doubt the top lawyer for this highly specialized area of law."
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Fairfax Appeals Lawyer Jonathan P Sheldon
Jonathan P Sheldon
Appeals Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 26 years