Paul H. Melnick


Emphasizes Real Estate, Estate Planning, Trust & Estate Administration and Related Litigation, Assisting Persons with Disabilities, and Business Services

Paul H. Melnick began his practice of law in 1990 by joining his father’s (John L. Melnick’s) law practice in Arlington County, Virginia. He and his father later became law partners in 1996 forming Melnick & Melnick. After his father’s passing in 2013, Mr. Melnick carried on the law firm of Melnick & Melnick, PLC as its sole owner, and merged the law practice with Pesner Kawamoto in 2016. In his over 25 years of practicing law, Mr. Melnick has developed extensive experience and knowledge concerning all types of real estate transactions, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and assisting those with disabilities. Mr. Melnick combines his attention to detail with his personalized approach to fulfill his clients’ legal objectives. The areas in which Mr. Melnick practices complement each other in that real estate cases oftentimes involve issues touching on estate planning or estate and trust administration, and vice versa.


  • James Madison University (B.S. 1987)
  • University of Dayton School of Law (J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 1990)
    • Law Review, Staff Member, 1988-89
    • Law Review, Production Editor 1989-90

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Virginia State Bar (admitted 1990)
    • District Disciplinary Committee (4-I): Member 2013-present, Secretary 2015-16, Vice-Chair 2016-2017, Chair 2017-2018
    • Real Estate Section: Area Representative 2005-07, 2016-present, Board of Governors 2007-16, Secretary/Treasurer 2009-10, Vice-Chair 2010-11, Chair 2011-12
  • Arlington County Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Member 2014-present, Vice-Chair 2016-2018
  • Arlington County Bar Association
    • Director 2005-06
    • Secretary 2006-07
    • Member 1990-present
  • Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department
    • Secretary 2000-02
    • President 2002-06
    • Vice-President 2006-09
    • Trustee 2007-10
    • Firefighter II/Emergency Medical Technician 2001-2013
    • Member 1999-present
  • Kiwanis Club of Arlington
    • Board of Directors 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-2001, 2002-03
    • Member 1990-present
  • Arlington County Transportation Commission
    • Member 1995-98
    • American Red Cross, Arlington County Chapter
    • Board of Directors 1996-99


  • The Fee Simple, The Newsletter of the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section, Paper or Plastic? What Lawyers Need to Know About Accepting Credit Cards, Volume XXXIV, Number 1, Spring 2013
  • Real Estate Transactions in Virginia, Second-Fourth Editions, Co-Editor, Virginia CLE Publications, 2010-present
  • Real Estate Transactions in Virginia, [Forms of Holding Title, and The Deed], Chapter Author, Second-Fourth Editions, Virginia CLE Publications, 2010-present
  • The Fee Simple, The Newsletter of the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section, How to Render the FIRPTA Nonforeign Affidavit Harmless, Volume XXXI, Number 2, May 2011


  • The Widow Without a Will and Stories of Perilous Procrastination, presenter, sponsored by Home Care Assistance, Fairfax, Virginia and Premier RN Geriatric Care, 2019
  • Who Gets the Beach House? Legal Do’s and Don’ts for the End of Life, presenter, Annual Meeting of the Memorial Society of Northern Virginia, 2016
  • Striving for Good Deeds in Estate/Trust Planning and Administration, presenter, sponsored by the Trusts and Estates Section of the Arlington County Bar Association, 2015
  • What Does that Deed Really Say? Annual Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE, Virginia Law Foundation, 2011
  • Bridge the Gap Seminar, Real Estate Transactions, Virginia CLE, Virginia Law Foundation, 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • “Death and Dirt” Real Estate and Trust Attorneys Look At The Same Issues, panel member, sponsored by the Real Property Section and Trusts & Estates Section, Virginia State Bar, 2008
  • Virginia Real Estate Case Law Update, Annual Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE, Virginia Law Foundation, 2006, 2007, and 2008