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

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

Joey Tutone, Esquire


Joseph Tutone, Esquire

Attorney Tutone grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Faulkner Law School in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Tutone was on the Faulkner Law Board of Advocates and his awards include winning the 2014 Florida State National Trial Competition.

Mr Tutone worked with the former Attorney General of Alabama and Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge William Shashy. Returning to Virginia after law school, he joined a local firm practicing civil trial law and social security law throughout the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

Mr. Tutone is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Alabama.

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.

Catherine Aguirre

Bilingual Legal and Marketing assistant

Catherine Aguirre is our Bilingual Legal and Marketing assistant.  She is a first generation American who has spoken Spanish in her home from birth.

Ms. Aguirre’s marketing background stems from her extensive work in her family’s commercial cleaning business, prior to joining Hanover Law.  She earned an associate’s degree in business administration with a minor in intercultural communication with an eye towards helping the Spanish and Latin American immigrant community integrate and work even more effectively with local citizens.

Ms. Aguirre continues her academic pursuits at George Mason University, where she has taken up the study of business law and legal marketing. At Hanover Law, Ms. Aguirre handles all Spanish transactions, and maintains the filing and CLIO account systems for the firm.  She assists the attorneys in preparing immigration filings, and trial exhibits.  Additionally, she has become an official member of the Virginia Hispanic Commerce Committee of Fairfax.

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