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Sean R. Hanover, Esquire

Principal Attorney

Attorney Hanover has been working in the legal arena since graduating with double Master Degrees in Employment Law (HR) and Union Law (Industrial Relations) in 1996. He obtained his JD 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 in immigration court.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hanover also owns an IT consulting company, HHC, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA. This company focuses on Drupal development, a form of open-source PHP/MySQL CMS. His experience as an IT Business owner has provided excellent and useful 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.

Mr. Hanover is a member of the VA Bar, DC Bar, American Bar Association, and American Immigration Lawyers Association. For more information on his business background, visit his LinkedIN profile, and his Zoom Info profile.

Stephen Salwierak, Esquire

Attorney
Attorney Salwierak has been practicing law since 2010, providing legal services to individuals and small businesses in general civil matters. He has also contracted with major law firms on corporate litigation, federal investigations and subpoena defense. At Hanover Law, he provides a full battery of support for clients, ranging from criminal defense in DUI, traffic, and felony cases, to immigration and family law guidance.

Mr. Salwierak earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was president of his class, served as judicial chair of the Board of Advocates, and competed in school and national advocacy competitions. While in law school, he spent time studying in England at Oxford University (EU Law) and the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC (immigration, bankruptcy, and general practice).

A member of the Virginia State and DC bars, Mr. Salwierak is also active with the American Bar Association.

Leigh Snyder, Esquire

Attorney
Attorney Snyder has been practicing law since 2008. She and Mr. Hanover attended law school together at the Davids A Clarke School of Law (University of the District of Columbia). In her association with Hanover Law, Ms. Snyder manages the Maryland cases for the firm. She has excellent experience in family law, criminal defense, custody, and small/mid-size business issues.

Ms. Snyder has an undergraduate degree in psychology. She served on active duty in the army (Hawaii) for three years starting in 1999 before returning to the continental United States to continue her education and eventual legal career.

Charles Hatley, Esquire

Attorney and Counselor at Law
Attorney Hatley joined our Firm in 2013 as the newest member of our Criminal/Family/ Contracts litigation team. Mr. Hatley attended University of Toledo School of Law. While in law school, Charles won the Charles W. Fornoff appellate advocacy completion, pioneered the Native American Law Student Association and served as president of the Business Law Society.

Mr. Hatley brings extensive experience in securities and commodities trading, having worked as a professional banker and investor for many years prior to attending law school. Mr. Hatley also brings considerable business management experience. While working for Keywell LLC in Chicago, he managed purchasing and contracts for the corporation. LinkedIN profile.

Lilith O'Connell, Esquire

Attorney
Attorney Lili O’Connell joined Hanover Law in 2014 bringing with her extensive criminal and traffic litigation experience. During her career, she has successfully defended several high-profile criminal cases with great success. While Lili enjoys the courtroom, she has a gained a reputation as a zealous advocate for her clients.

Lili is originally from New England and completed both her Law Degree and Bachelors degree at the University of Connecticut. While in Law School, Lili competed successfully on the University of Connecticut Moot Court Board and placed highly in several appellate advocacy competitions.

When she is not practicing law, Lili is an avid supporter of animal rights. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Lili is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Fairfax Bar Association. LinkedIN profile.

Abby Archer, Esquire

Attorney
Attorney Abby Archer joined Hanover Law in 2014. Ms. Archer attended the Mississippi College School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Ms. Archer was the Associate Editor for the Mississippi College Law Review and an active member of the Mississippi College School of Law Moot Court Board. She has competed in, and placed highly in, several Moot Court competitions.

Ms. Archer has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and a minor in Chemistry.

Abby is an unwavering advocate of human rights. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at the local emergency cold weather shelters and several of our local soup kitchens. Her compassion and unrelenting pursuit of fairness is evident in all of her interactions with clients.

Ms. Archer is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association.
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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 para-legal 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.

Elsa Xhaferi

Head of Marketing and Client Relations.
Elsa Xhaferi joined Hanover Law in 2014 to head the firm’s Marketing and Client Relations division. Elsa brings with her substantial experience in marketing, business operations, and office management. Prior to joining our team, Elsa managed several multi-million dollar projects focused on increasing revenue through finding new revenue streams.

In her spare time, Elsa enjoys working with the Loudoun County Chamber Of Commerce and volunteering at local children’s shelters. Besides her robust community work, Elsa spends time with her husband and children. LinkedIN profile.