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Melissa K Waugh

Civil rights Attorney at Fairfax, VA

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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 13 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 22 years
    Maryland - MD 23 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2001
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

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Practice area
  1. Civil rights
    I represent children with disabilities and their parents in the areas of Special Education, IDEA, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    14 years

Ms. Waugh graduated with a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas in 2000. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas-Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Ms. Waugh originally focused her legal practice on Health Care Law and Policy issues. She worked for the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C. before moving with her family to Lynchburg, VA in 2004 where she opened a private practice focused on family law issues with an emphasis on the legal needs of women and children. After adopting two children from foster care, Ms. Waugh realized the significant need for attorneys to advise and assist families of children with special needs in the public school system.  For the past 13 years Ms. Waugh has focused exclusively on special education and the IDEA, Section 504 and ADA issues.  She has been employed by the Belkowitz Law firm since 2018.  Ms. Waugh's volunteer experience includes the Lynchburg Chapter of the American Red Cross (Former Board Chair and Interim Executive Director), Region 2000 Technology Council (Board Member), Junior League of Lynchburg, Greater Lynchburg Alpha Phi Alumni Chapter (Past President), Centenary United Methodist Church (Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Missions Committee), United Methodist Committee on Relief (former volunteer in Armenia), and Certified CPR Instructor. Ms. Waugh is married to Lt. Col. Bryan "Marty" Waugh (Ret.), and they have two beautiful children.


Belkowitz Law, PLLC
10427 North St., Suite 200
Fairfax, VA, 22030


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AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)


  • University of Texas-Health Science Center
  • Master of Public Health
  • 2007
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 2000
  • University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • 1994


  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted
  • 2018 - Present
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Legal Aid Society of Virginia
  • 2012

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Education Attorney | Jun 01
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"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a passionate attorney who fights for her clients. Melissa is an outstanding advocate for families, and she consistently exceeds expectations. I highly recommend Melissa."
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Fairfax Civil rights Lawyer Melissa K Waugh
Melissa K Waugh
Civil rights Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 23 years
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