Claudia Melara Chase
I offer a legal representation to businesses and individuals in a wide range of areas of law – transactions, litigation and immigration. I have experience representing clients in real estate, asset sales, and loan transactions. I have litigated matters in state courts, including breach of contract and tort liability claims. I have represented individuals affirmatively before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and defensively before the Arlington Immigration Court. I have assisted my immigration clients with obtaining special immigrant juvenile status, residency and asylum.
I graduated with honors, magna cum laude, from Marymount University and then obtained my Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. During law school, I completed a legal externship at the U.S. House of Representatives where I was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for developing guidelines in foreclosure prevention.
Prior to joining the firm, I worked as a litigator in private law firms and, before that, as a legal analyst at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). More recently, I practiced immigration law at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
I am licensed to practice law in federal and state courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia. I am a member of the Fairfax Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I am also a fluent Spanish speaker.
During my free time, I enjoy playing coed soccer. Throughout the years I have organized teams that have won indoor, outdoor and sand soccer championships. I also enjoy cooking. I am currently experimenting with outdoor, wood-fire cooking. Most of all, I enjoy family activities with my three wonderful children and husband.
- District of Columbia
- University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
- Juris Doctor
- Marymount University
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Fairfax Bar Association, Member
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member