Focusing On Strategic And Effective Problem Solving

Amanda P. DeFede

  • Managing Partner


Manassas, VA





Amanda DeFede is a founding partner of McIntyre DeFede Law PLLC. Throughout her law career, Ms. DeFede has successfully represented hundreds of clients across Northern Virginia for a variety of legal issues. She is honored that these same clients refer their family and friends to her when others are in need of legal representation.

Ms. DeFede graduated from West Virginia University in 2001, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Magna Cum Laude, as a University Honors Scholar. Ms. DeFede received her law degree from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2004, where she served as a Notes Editor on the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Ms. DeFede practices primarily in the areas of education law, family law, and mediation. She has represented clients in all state courts in Northern Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. DeFede has litigated nearly every facet of family law, such as protective orders, support, custody disputes and complex equitable distribution.

Ms. DeFede has also represented clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, including student discipline, special education due process hearings, in-state tuition appeals, CPS appeals and teacher employment disputes. Ms. DeFede’s representation of students encompasses all ages, from preschool to graduate school.

Ms. DeFede’s focus in all practice areas is to find the most effective and efficient resolution possible for her clients. Although this will most often involve skilled negotiations to reach a settlement, Ms. DeFede is equally willing to litigate when a case needs court intervention.

Ms. DeFede is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Education Law

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2005


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • 2004
  • West Virginia University
    • Bachelor of Science in Journalism - 2001
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: University Honors Scholar


  • Super Lawyers, 2020 - 2023
  • Arlington Magazine Top Attorney, 2019 & 2021

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Virginia Mediation Network
  • COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates)

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Contractor
  • William B. Reichhardt and Associates, Associate, 2005 to 2014