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Legal Team

Sean R. Hanover, Esquire

Principal Attorney

Attorney Hanover has been associated with law since graduating with double Master Degrees in Human Resources (employment law) and Industrial Relations (union law) from St. Francis University in 1996.

He obtained his juris doctorate from the University of the District of Columbia in 2008 and maintains a vibrant practice focusing on immigration, family law, criminal defense, and business law.

Through his work in the asylum arena, Mr. Hanover has become accomplished at defending gang members and individuals convicted of drug offenses, and other serious crimes, in immigration court. He has expanded the criminal defense aspect of Hanover Law to include Felony 1, Felony 2, and capital cases.

Hanover's experience in family law covers custody and divorce proceedings in DC Superior Court, and Federal Court. He has specialized experience in high value estates, and sensitive neglect, protective orders, and abuse custody cases.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hanover owns HHC, an IT consulting company based in Fairfax, VA. HHC specializes in Drupal development, a form of open-source PHP/MySQL CMS. His experience as an IT Business owner provides excellent insight for his small to medium size business legal clients working in commercial, non-profit and government sectors.

Contributing to the legal community is important to Mr. Hanover. He is an active author in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) with publications ranging from foreign military spouses to paralegal course books. He maintains a blog at www.hanoverlawpc.com.

Mr. Hanover is a member of the VA Bar, DC Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Supreme Court bar, and American Immigration Lawyers Association. For more information on his business background, visit his LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/hanover.

Stephen Salwierak, Esquire

Stephen J. Salwierak has been practicing law since 2010, representing individuals and businesses in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. Prior to joining Hanover Law, PC in 2012, Steve operated his own law practice while also contracting with major law firms on corporate litigation matters and defense against federal investigations. At Hanover Law, he provides a full battery of support for clients, focusing his practice especially on Family Law, Criminal Defense, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, General Civil Litigation and Immigration matters. A pragmatic practitioner, Steve approaches each representation by focusing on the objectives of his client, and tailors his approach to achieve the most favorable outcome by the means best suited to reach his client’s goal, and is equally adept at negotiating when possible, and litigating when necessary.

Steve earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he was the president of his class, served as Judicial Chair of the Board of Advocates, was a member of the school’s Board of Governors. While at OU,he competed in intra-school and national advocacy competitions where he received commendations for his performance. While in law school, he spent time studying in England at Oxford University and at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and continues to live and die with the performance of the Fighting Irish athletic teams.

Steve is licensed to practice in all state courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He is an active member of the Virginia Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Notre Dame Alumni Club.

Charlet Herr, CPC

Practice Manager
Charlet is the administrative manager of Hanover Law, working in both our Fairfax office, and our office in DC. She brings a wealth of experience in practice management from her over 20 years of office management in the medical field. Her understanding of client issues, ability to relate closely to the challenges experienced by distraught family members, and her excellent managerial skills, contribute significantly to the well running of the firm.

Ms. Herr is also responsible for client relations, often conducting initial interviews and providing advanced paralegal services on behalf of the attorney working at the firm. She is currently working towards BIA certification to represent immigration clients before the immigration court and appeals tribunals.

Ms. Herr completed school in Texas before moving to Virginia for more advanced medical and administrative management training. Her Certified Professional Coder (accounting certification) designates her as a professional, diligent officer with uncompromising business integrity.

Our practice manager is at the forefront of expanding our firm's capabilities. We are planning to open a real estate practice where her recent successful completion of real estate training and classes will make her a leader in this area.