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Heather Rachel Steele

Litigation Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 15 years
    Maryland - MD 15 years
    Virginia - VA 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I handle all types of civil litigation, including property disputes, breach of contract, negligence, unjust enrichment, injunctions, etc.

  2. Landlord or tenant
    I handle lease drafting and negotiation, as well as default notices and landlord/tenant litigation, including eviction. I handle both commercial and residential matters.

  3. Real estate
    I handle homeowners association and condo association matters, including governing document drafting, assisting with meetings, elections, and violations hearings, and collection of past due assessments.

Heather is a member of the following groups:

-           Board Member of SPARK (Prince William Education Foundation)

-           Board Member and Officer of Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William (a group that works to bring kindergarten readiness to underprivileged kids in Prince William County)

-           Board Member of Courage FUN Project Foundation (bringing athletics, including soccer, to title 1 schools and kids with disabilities)

-           Leadership Prince William Alumnae, Class of 2012

-           “Moms Run This Town,” a local running group


Heather is married to Steven Steele and they have three children.  In her nonexistent free time, Heather enjoys reading presidential biographies, letter-writing, fountain pens, watercolor painting, triathlons, cooking, and sleep (in that order). :)

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Pesner Altmiller Melnick DeMers & Steele PLC
8000 Westpark Drive Suite 600
Fairfax, VA, 22102

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Posted by Beth | March 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Aptly Named Ms. Steele
Heather Steele is the lawyer you want to have in your corner when you have a knotty real estate problem. Ours involved a poorly written contract, poor record-keeping, and a one-time renter who turned squatter. Add a pandemic moratorium on evictions and 3 frivolous appeals, and you have 3 yrs & 3mos of litigation that included 2 years with no rent paid. Ms. Steele stuck with us all the way and in our 7 court appearances, we never lost. She is dedicated, sharp, knows the law, and never gives up. Now the squatter is out, and we have our house back.
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Posted by Jasmine | July 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Advocate
Heather Steele is one of the best attorneys because she not only knows the law but she advocates on your behalf with a persuasiveness and necessary tenacity that results in findings being ruled in your favor. The best thing to do is hire her when the worst happens.
Posted by Quynh | December 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My attorney for a case to terminate a lease due to the tenant's violation of a lease term.
Heather Steele perfectly-prepared for every possible situation before the trial. She handled everything in the trial perfectly.  She is so good. 
Posted by Dan | May 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Business Partner Divorce
Heather is a true professional and knowledgable in many aspects of law. She made herself available anytime I needed to talk and was great at keeping me in check in the mist of a messy business divorce. Heather always took the extra moments to think things through and never accepted inappropriate behavior from the other side. She spent tireless hours on my case with a positive outcome. I gained an attorney and a friend who I can turn to at any time.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-420 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pesner Altmiller Melnick DeMers & Steele PLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Litigation Partner
  • Compton & Duling, L.C.
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Magruder, Cook, Carmody & Koutsouftikis
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Magruder & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Northern Virginia
  • Founding Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Prince William Young Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Stafford Roundtable
  • Employment Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Heather
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is an amazing advocate for her clients. Truly one of the best. I could not recommend a better lawyer for client's in need of representation in a civil courtroom!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is extremely knowledgeable about the law, and has a personable demeanor that puts her clients at ease."
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Fairfax Litigation Lawyer Heather Rachel Steele
Heather Rachel Steele
Litigation Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 16 years