Joseph C. Schmelter

Schmelter Joseph

Joe Schmelter focuses his practice on complex corporate matters. Joe advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate debt and equity finance, and general corporate issues. He often represents government contractors, including technology, aerospace, defense, and services companies.


Representative Matters

  • Advised Aeyon LLC, which provides robotic process automation, data analytics, program management, and management consulting services to support federal large-scale acquisition programs, in its acquisitions of Manufacturing Technology Solutions, LLC and Marick Group, LLC
  • Advised Metron, Incorporated, a scientific consulting and research firm dedicated to solving challenging technical problems primarily for national security, in the sale of its Operations Research and Cyber Analysis (ORCA) division to Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners
  • Advised Amyx, Inc., an enterprise technology services, cybersecurity, and management consulting firm, in its sale to Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK)
  • Advised Security Enhancement Systems LLC (SES), a provider of mobile-based, keyless access control solutions used in critical infrastructure, including telecommunication towers for major providers, to Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI)

Representative Clients

  • Aeyon
  • Metron
  • MetroStar Systems




  • 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 – 2024
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Northern Virginia, 2009 – 2018, 2021 – 2022, 2024 
  • 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