Who We Are


Hamilton, Petrocelli, Sprissler & Sands is a partnership focused on defending criminal and traffic cases in the Northern Virginia area. Our attorneys have practiced in the region for more than a decade, bringing to the firm unique and considerable experience litigating all manner of cases, ranging from simple speeding tickets to rape, robbery and homicide.


Julie Flamant Hamilton

Mandy Petrocelli

Kelly Sprissler

Jenna Sands



Mandy Petrocelli grew up near Detroit, Michigan and moved to Washington, DC in 1994. She obtained her law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1997. She is a member of both the Virginia and DC bars.

After law school, Ms. Petrocelli worked at the Public Defender's Office in Fairfax County, where she gained significant experience representing both juveniles and adults in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Later, she handled exclusively adult felony cases in the General District and Circuit Courts. Since entering private practice, she has represented adult and juvenile clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases in nearly every court in Northern Virginia, including federal court. She has also argued several cases before the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.

Throughout her career as an attorney, Ms. Petrocelli has aggressively advocated for hundreds of clients charged with offenses such as robbery, larceny, domestic assault, sex offenses, gun charges, malicious wounding, drug charges, gang-related offenses, and murder. She has successfully represented numerous clients in both jury and non-jury trials. In addition, Ms. Petrocelli has represented many parents in proceedings where the Department of Social Services has petitioned to remove their children or terminate their parental rights. She has also successfully defended clients in protective order proceedings.

Ms. Petrocelli believes that part of her success in representing clients comes from not being afraid to challenge the prosecutor's evidence and take cases to trial. She is committed to providing quality, zealous representation to each and every one of her clients and their cases.

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