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  • Herbert H. Lehman College (B.A., with honors, 1977)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Washington College of Law American University (J.D.,1980)

Arif & Associates, P.C.

Traffic, Divorce, Litigation and more in Fairfax, Virginia!

Melissa M. Sanchez

Melissa represents clients in a variety of civil and criminal matters such as contract disputes, divorces, custody, and criminal defense. She has been practicing for 6 years and devotes part of her practice to the representation of children as Guardian Ad Litem in Fairfax County.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Domestic Relations
  • Traffic Law
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Wills, trust, and estate planning


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Virginia


  • Florida International University (B.A., with honors, 2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.,2008)


Michael S. Arif

A talented and reputable criminal trial attorney of 34 years, is recognized for his extensive criminal law practice on both the state and federal level, and for his work as a Guardian Ad Litem for children, Michael has acted as lead counsel in many high profile criminal cases, most notably as counsel for Lee Boyd Malvo.

Michael is certified by the state of Virginia to handle death penalty cases. Michael's activity contributes to the community by appearing often as a guest speaker at Marymount University, and acting as a mock trial judge at local schools.

Area of Practice:

  • State & Federal Criminal Defense
  • State & Federal Criminal Appeals
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Juvenile Law
  • Certified Mediator and Conciliator
  • Traffic Defense
  • Death Penalty

Bar and Court Associations:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations
  • Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers