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Sean P. Schmergel is a native of New York and has resided in Northern Virginia for 25 years. He currently lives with his family in Arlington. He co-founded Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC in 2004 to help individuals with complex--and often emotional--famly law cases. Mr. Schmergel's practice is therefore limited to divorce and family law before the courts of Virginia and the District of Columbia.


Mr. Schmergel was named a "Super Lawyer" in Virginia and the District of Columbia the last two years, and was a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" from 2012-2014 . He was the President of the Alexandria Bar Association in 2014 and he is a member of the Family Law sections of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. 


As a father of two and a certified guardian ad litem in Virginia, Mr. Schmergel is passionate about resolving custody and visitation disputes. He believes that parents need a strong and knowledgeable advocate to acheive the best outcome, whether the case settles or goes to trial. Mr. Schmergel has the qualifications and experience to resolve a custody case in the child’s best interest. He is equally skilled in handling divorce, marital agreements, child and spousal support, and complex property division, and effectively guides his clients through these difficult issues.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 20%
  2. Alimony: 20%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Child Support: 20%
  5. Child Custody: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ian Andrew Cronogue

    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.


    Ian Cronogue Litigation Attorney
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  • Sebastian Marks Norton

    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.


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Contact info

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC

100 N. Pitt Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA, 22314


DCActive 200407/06/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law200103/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-Founding Member & Family Law AttorneySchmergel & Mersberger, PLC2004 - Present
Litigation Support AttorneyLabat-Anderson Incorporated2001 - 2003
Urban PlannerMcGuireWoods1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
District of Columbia Bar, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Alexandria Bar AssociationImmediate Past-President2014 - 2015
Alexandria Bar AssociationPresident2013 - 2014
Alexandria Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2012 - 2013
Alexandria Bar AssociationSecretary2010 - 2012
Alexandria Bar AssociationDirector2008 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Alexandria Bar Association - OYEZPresident's Letter - January 20142014
Alexandria Bar Association - OYEZPresident's Letter - April 20142014
Alexandria Bar Association - OYEZPresident's Letter - September 20132013
Alexandria Bar Association - OYEZPresident's Letter - November 20132013
Alexandria Bar Association - OYEZPresident's Letter - June 20132013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
George Mason UniversityGovernment and PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alexandria Bar CLE MarathonChild Support Modification: What Constitutes a Material Change in Circumstances?2014
Alexandria City AcademyThe Alexandria Bar Association's Role in Alexandria's Judicial System2013
Alexandria Bar CLE MarathonUncontested Divorce in Virginia2013