Rebecca Melone established Melone Hatley P.C. in 2014 with the goal of helping families with a range of legal services from estate and family law to traffic tickets and misdemeanor criminal matters. Over the past five years the firm has grown and expanded its services to include a wide range of estate and elder law services. Rebecca has been awarded Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has been named one of the top family and estate attorneys under 40 in Virginia.
A native of Northern Virginia, Rebecca and her husband decided to return to the area after attending law school in Toledo, Ohio. They welcomed their first daughter, Dallas, in July of 2016.
Rebecca currently volunteers with Wills on Wheels, providing important estate planning presentations and services for nursing home residents. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and participates on the Board of the Society of Virginia as the Chairman for the Young Virginians.
Charles Hatley joined the firm in 2020 as the firm’s first Litigation Partner. Charles brings with him an unwavering emphasis on a client-focused practice model. As a Manager at a big-law firm, Charles managed offices in Virginia and New York and litigated a wide array of high value matters throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. Charles brings his big-law experience and focus into the boutique firm setting in order to better serve our clients.
Through his litigation experience, Charles has gained the insight to advise his clients when to litigate and when to settle. His no-nonsense approach ensures that the client will always fully understand the possible outcomes for litigation as well as any benefits of attempting to settle out of court. Charles understands that cases are won and lost prior to the first court filing and advises his clients on the best ways to avoid litigation, when possible, or ensure that the client is positioned for a positive outcome if litigation becomes necessary.
Charles understands that each case is unique, and the outcomes can have a life-altering impact on his clients. It is this fact that leads Charles to ensure that his clients understand every aspect of their case and are always fully informed.
Melanie Hammelman joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2018. Melanie’s primary fields of practice are business law, contracts, copyrights and trademarks, and wills, trusts, and estates. Melanie has handled complex litigation cases and will disputes and has been helping clients form their own businesses for years.
Melanie decided to pursue a career in law to assist others in forming and running their small businesses and assisting in estate planning to protect their carefully cultivated businesses. Melanie’s concentration in law school was transactional business practice and civil trial advocacy. During law school Melanie was a clerk for a litigation firm and served as a mediator in the Houston Metropolitan area.
After graduation, Melanie moved from Texas to Virginia with her husband to begin practicing law. Melanie is licensed in both Maryland and Virginia. She has worked extensively in business law, primarily formations and contract drafting, since 2012 and in trademark and copyright law and estate planning since 2013. Melanie and her husband, who is a US Army veteran, now live in Loudoun County with their two young children.
Marcus joined the firm in April 2021 as a Litigation Attorney. He has experience trying cases all over the Commonwealth of Virginia but wanted to join a firm that focused on a client-first approach to cases.
Marcus understands the stress and anxiety that naturally comes along with divorce, custody, and criminal cases, and works around the clock to guarantee that his clients stay up to date with their matters. After collecting as much information as he can, he presents an honest and straightforward case evaluation and works hand in hand with his clients to best achieve their goals. He prioritizes his responsiveness, and you can guarantee that he will return any call or email within 24 hours of a business week.
When he is not serving his clients, Marcus enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Arielle. In their free time, the two of them coach the Trial Advocacy Board’s competition team at Regent University School of Law. During law school, he won two national championships at the Stetson Pretrial Competition, each time receiving Best Advocate awards.
He was Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Board and enjoyed helping young law students with their trial skills. Before law school, he was a four-year starter on Randolph-Macon College football team, capped off by his team winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship his senior year.
Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Division