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 research, technology, and consulting companies, and 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 Leidos 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 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

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


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2020
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Northern Virginia, 2009 - 2018
  • Selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Washington DC & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2013
  • Recognized in Legal 500, M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2011
  • Included in District of Columbia Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Included in Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Finalist, Washington Business Journal "Top Washington Lawyer – Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions," 2005, 2008
  • Named as one of Washington's Legal Elite by Washington SmartCEO, 2007
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell