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Sean Peter Schmergel

Family Attorney at Arlington, VA

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 20 years
    Virginia - VA 22 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sean

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HELPING FAMILIES – RESOLVING DISPUTES. A MODERN APPROACH TO FAMILY PRACTICE

Sean P. Schmergel has been consistently recognized as one the DMVs top divorce and family law attorneys, including by Washingtonian Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Super Lawyers and U.S. News's Best Lawyers. He co-founded Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC over 20 years ago and has continued to hone his legal practice before the local courts, developing a reputation as a zealous and thoughtful family law advocate. A resident of Northern Virginia for over 30 years, Mr. Schmergel holds a genuine concern for the legal matters that affect the members of his community, and he devotes his practice to helping families throughout the Northern Virginia jurisdictions of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun, as well as Washington, D.C., with all of their complex and emotional legal challenges.

Focusing exclusively on family law, Mr. Schmergel has achieved extraordinary success advocating on behalf of the rights and best interests of those he serves who are going through divorce or other family law cases, helping them with their issues involving child custody and support, alimony, property division, and other related matters. He also delivers effective prenuptial and other marital agreements, assists with modifications and enforcements, and provides much-needed support for domestic abuse victims seeking protections for themselves and their children, or those wrongly accused and in need of a vigorous defense.

Mr. Schmergel has extensive experience settling cases through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, helping his clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without the need for costly, drawn-out litigation; however, as a highly-rated and seasoned trial attorney, he will not hesitate to fight hard on behalf of his clients in court when necessary. He has litigated many high-conflict divorce and child custody cases, including international custody disputes. As a father, Mr. Schmergel holds a particular concern for children caught in the divorce process as well as for those in abusive situations, and he serves as guardian ad litem for children throughout Northern Virginia.

A 1996 graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics, Mr. Schmergel returned to his alma mater and attended George Mason University School of Law. After obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2000 he was admitted to practice in Virginia and subsequently admitted in Washington, D.C., as well as to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Supreme Court.

Active in his legal community, he is the past president of the Alexandria Bar Association and serves on Alexandria’s Judicial Screening Committee. He currently serves on the Virginia State Bar’s District 4-II Disciplinary Committee and was the Chair from 2016-2018. He is a member of the Arlington County Bar Association and the Family Law Sections of the Virginia State Bar and The District of Columbia Bar.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC
1550 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 700
Arlington, VA, 22209

Reviews

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Posted by Elmer | June 22, 2011
Great Lawyer and super person!
Sean has has been my lawyer since 2005 and I owe so much to him and his superior handling of my custody issues. It is not a stretch to say that my daughter and I would not have the current lifestyle we enjoy if it wasn't for Sean. I hope that I will never need to use Sean again in a legal capacity, but if I do I know he will be right there for me. I also count him as a friend (even though he is a Yankees fan!!).
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
11/10 Lawyer | Landed Me an Amazing Custody Agreement
Look no further for a highly capable and detail-oriented attorney to attend to any family law challenge you are confronted with. Back in the summer of 2020, I chose Sean to guide me through a bitterly contested and complicated divorce case where my ex was allowing me next to nothing in terms of visitation rights with our child. Throughout the legal proceedings, Sean completely outclassed my ex’s attorney in every aspect. The careful and meticulous prep work that he and his team carried out as we approached the final hearing ultimately led to a deal that SHATTERED my expectations and saved us a day of trial prep and two days in court. My divorce was an incredibly challenging process, and I never could have imagined emerging from it with the agreement I got, and I owe it all to Sean.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Co-Founding Member & Family Law Attorney
  • Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Litigation Support Attorney
  • Labat-Anderson Incorporated
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Urban Planner
  • McGuireWoods
  • 1997 - 2000

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • George Mason University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar - 4th District, Section II Disciplinary Committee
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Immediate Past-President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Alexandria Bar CLE Marathon
  • Uncontested Divorce in Virginia
  • 2016
  • Alexandria Bar CLE Marathon
  • Child Support Modification: What Constitutes a Material Change in Circumstances?
  • 2014
  • Alexandria City Academy
  • The Alexandria Bar Association's Role in Alexandria's Judicial System
  • 2013
  • Alexandria Bar CLE Marathon
  • Uncontested Divorce in Virginia
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly capable family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is the first person I refer to with matters involving family law, especially contested divorces. I have worked with him in the past and feel confidant the referrals are in good hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is an immensely skilled attorney and a passionate advocate for his clients. He has a wealth of experience in family law including divorce and separation and I would refer any potential client to Sean without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sean. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a caring, committed and capable lawyer and I confidently refer clients in need of an excellent family attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a highly professional and experienced attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Schmergel for several years beginning as adversaries in criminal litigation matters. Mr. Schmergel is a skilled, experienced, and effective advocate who serves his clients well. He has the demeanor and level headed perspective necessary to achieve favorable results in the negotiation of clients' cases. I highly recommend Mr. Schmergel to prospective clients looking for legal representation in divorce and family law matters in Virginia."
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Arlington Family Lawyer Sean Peter Schmergel
Sean Peter Schmergel
Family Attorney
Arlington, VA
Licensed for 22 years
Virtual consultation available