Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
  • B.A., high distinction, University of Virginia, 1984
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Joseph C. Schmelter


Joe Schmelter is the Partner-in-Charge of Venable's Tysons office and co-chairs the firm's Government Contractor Services Industry Group.

Joe focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate debt finance and general corporate representation, primarily in the industries of aerospace, defense, government services, IT and financial institutions.  Diligence, thoroughness, and congeniality inform his work on complex matters with clients and their counterparties.

Representative Clients

Joe's clients include:
  • Leidos
  • ECS Federal
  • Noblis

Significant Matters

  • Represented Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) in the divestitures of its Leidos Digital Solutions subsidiary, its Omnifluent Human Language Technology software and related business, its CounterBomber Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices business, its Disaster Recovery business, its WWR Water and Solid Waste business and its Cloudshield Technologies subsidiary
  • Represented ECS Federal, LLC (formerly ECS Federal, Inc.) in its sale to ASGN Incorporated (f/k/a "On Assignment, Inc.") (NYSE: ASGN) and its prior acquisitions of InfoReliance LLC, Oak Management, Inc., Paradigm Technologies, Inc., iLuMinA Solutions, Inc. and Information Systems Worldwide Corporation (i SW), and in its sale of a significant interest to Lindsay Goldberg, LLC
  • Represented Dominion Consulting, Inc. in its merger with TeraThink Corporation
  • Represented Tallasi Technology Holdings, LLC, led by Eric Wolking and Pat Flannery and affiliated with Bluestone Investment Partners, L.P., in the sale of its subsidiary, GAP Solutions, Inc., to System One Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Thomas H. Lee Partners
  • Represented Noblis, Inc. in its acquisition of ElanTech Systems, Inc.