Our Practice

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Firm Profile:

Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, PLC is a criminal defense law firm based in Fairfax, VA, with a satellite location in Alexandria, VA, that handles trial, appeal, and post-conviction cases throughout the DC-Metropolitan area and nationwide. Our expertise ranges from juvenile to white collar defense; misdemeanor to capital and felony criminal law (read more). Over the years SFH has earned a reputation for a tireless, innovative and client-centered approach to its cases. We are passionate about our work and believe it our responsibility to do all we can as advocates for the defense. Your case is no exception.

SFH firm has gained recognition for its work in capital defense and regularly accepts non-capital criminal, traffic and habeas corpus cases of all varieties. The firm has considerable experience defending persons charged with narcotics offenses, felony assault and sexual assault, fraud/theft offenses, street crime, traffic crimes and infractions, and juvenile delinquency matters, among many other cases requiring skilled, dedicated counsel. In addition, our attorneys have experience with issues collateral to a criminal case: administrative hearings, civil actions and appeals, immigration consequences, post-conviction remedies, and many other legal processes. To learn more about each partner’s specific expertise and cases the firm has been involved in, follow the links to the individual “Attorneys”  pages, “In the News”, or “Recent Posts”.

If you are interested in speaking with us about legal representation, please call (703) 691-8410 to schedule a consultation in our office or over the phone. You may also email any of the attorneys at the addresses provided on the individual attorney pages. Understanding the pressing nature of criminal cases, we strive to accommodate same-day appointments where necessary. We also accept credit-card payments.

What happened to Devine, Connell, Sheldon & Flood, or Sheldon, Flood & Haywood?

Sheldon & Flood, formerly Devine, Connell, Sheldon & Flood, and Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, is proud of its distinguished alumni. In April 2010, the Virginia General Assembly selected founding partner, The Honorable Michael Devine, to serve as a Circuit Court judge for Fairfax County, where he currently sits on the bench. James Connell, also a founding partner of the firm, was selected by Department of Defense in August 2011 to serve as lead counsel in the defense of one of the most prominent death penalty cases involving Guantanamo Bay detainees. In 2017, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission named former partner Brad Haywood Chief Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church.