Joseph C. Schmelter

Schmelter Joseph

Joe Schmelter is a partner in Venable's Tysons, Virginia office. Joe advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate debt and equity finance, and general corporate issues. He often represents government contractors, including technology, aerospace, defense and services companies, as well as nonprofit organizations.


Representative Matters

  • Advised ECS Federal, LLC in its sale to ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN) and its  acquisitions of DHA Group, Inc.; InfoReliance LLC; Oak Management, Inc.; Paradigm Technologies, Inc.; iLuMinA Solutions, Inc.; and Information Systems Worldwide Corporation (iSW); and in its sale of a significant interest to Lindsay Goldberg, LLC.
  • Advised Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) in the divestitures of its electronic health records (EHR) consulting business, Digital Solutions subsidiary, Omnifluent Human Language Technology software and related business, CounterBomber Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices business, Disaster Recovery business, its WWR Water and Solid Waste business, and Cloudshield Technologies subsidiary
  • Advised Gryphon Technologies, L.C. in its sale to CDI Government Services, Inc., a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners
  • Advised Dominion Consulting, Inc. in its merger with TeraThink Corporation
  • Advised Bluestone Investment Partners in the sale of its portfolio company, GAP Solutions, Inc., to System One Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Thomas H. Lee Partners

Representative Clients

  • Leidos
  • ECS Federal




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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 – 2023
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Northern Virginia, 2009 – 2018, 2021 – 2022 
  • ALM, Washington DC and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2013
  • Legal 500, M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2011
  • Super Lawyers
    • Washington, DC, 2007
    • Virginia, 2006
  • Washington Business Journal, Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, 2005, 2008 
  • SmartCEO, Legal Elite, Washington, DC, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated