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Meet the Team

11Steven A. Krieger, Attorney

Steven A. Krieger

Mr. Krieger has ten years of public interest advocacy and experience. His passion is helping people gain access to legal remedies, and in serving traditionally underserved or marginalized populations.

Mr. Krieger earned his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Prior to law school, Mr. Krieger earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Michigan School of Business.

Mr. Krieger has published five articles on access to justice issues:

  • Defamation Per Se Cases Should Include Guaranteed Minimum Presumed Damage Awards to Private Plaintiffs, 58 San Diego Law Review 641 (2021);
  • The Difficulty in Waiving the Appellate Bond Requirement for Indigent Defendants Appealing from General District Court to Circuit Court Pursuant to Virginia Section 16.1-107, 3 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 1 (2020);
  • Low Bono Legal Counsel: Closing the Access to Justice Gap by Providing the Middle Class with Affordable Attorneys, 18 The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice (2016);
  • Why Our Justice System Convicts Innocent People and the Challenges Faced By Innocence Projects Trying to Exonerate Them, 14 New Criminal Law Review 333 (2011);
  • Do “Tough on Crime” Politicians Win More Elections? An Empirical Analysis of California State Legislators from 1992 to 2000, 45 Creighton Law Review 131 (2011). 

Mr. Krieger is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

 

11Katarina Nguyen

Katarina Nguyen

Ms. Nguyen is experienced working in family law, contracts, and civil litigation and arbitration both domestically and internationally. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts from Christopher Newport University.

Ms. Nguyen is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Assya Thode

Ms. Thode began her work with Steven Krieger Law in 2014, as the Executive Assistant to Steven Krieger. She has an associate’s degree equivalent from Algeria and has over 16 years of experience in the legal field. Additionally, she has extensive international experience, having worked in consular services for U.S. embassies overseas. She also received professional training in consular processing at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

Ms. Thode grew up in Algeria and studied fashion design at the institute there before coming to the United States. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic. In her free time, Ms. Thode enjoys reading and painting.

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Elena Iuga

Ms. Iuga practices in the areas of domestic relations, general civil litigation and legal malpractice. Ms. Iuga’s passion is fueled by seeing the direct impact of her work, in and out of the courtroom, in her clients’ lives. Her clients thank her for her advocacy and her empathy — two attributes that are not often in the same sentence. 

Ms. Iuga graduated from the University of San Diego, School of Law, in 2002 with an L.L.M. 

Ms. Iuga is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar since 2003, the Commonwealth of Virginia Bar since 2004 and the District of Columbia Bar since 2005. She is also admitted to the federal bars of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia.

She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Ms. Iuga is fluent in Romanian and French and enjoys introducing her friends and American family members to her native Romanian culture and traditions.

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Melannie Dino

Melannie Hutzelman Dino is the Lead Family Law Attorney at Steven Krieger Law, PLLC, practicing exclusively family law. An attorney since 2001, Ms. Dino has been practicing family law exclusively in Northern Virginia since 2004. For 19 years, Ms. Dino’s experience in courts across Northern Virginia, has included contested divorce matters, custody, support, high value equitable distribution cases, protective orders, marital agreements, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements and post-divorce matters.

Ms. Dino grew up in Erie Pennsylvania and was one of five children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications in 1996 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She then earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1999. Upon graduation, Ms. Dino first returned to Erie to work in the law practice of her father, Stephen Hutzelman, a prominent bankruptcy attorney in Erie for more than 40 years. While in Erie, Ms. Dino had her first taste of family law, working in a thriving family law practice of her Father’s partner. By 2004, Ms. Dino had moved to northern Virginia to continue pursuing her passion for family law and has practiced family law ever since.

In 2014, Ms. Dino was named one of the Ten Leaders Under Age 45 in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in Northern Virginia. In 2017-2018 Ms. Dino received Top Contributor Award from Avvo. In 2019, Ms. Dino received the prestigious AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale Hubbell. In 2019, Ms. Dino received an award for 10 Best Attorneys, from Virginia American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Ms. Dino currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

Ms. Dino resides in Loudoun County with her husband and two children.

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Grant Mandsager

Grant Mandsager has experience in a wide range of litigation matters – from disputes between landlords and tenants, contractors and their clients, defamation claims, and defending multibillion-dollar mergers.
 
Mr. Mandsager believes in the SKL philosophy that lawyers work best when they provide practical solutions that meet their clients’ needs.
 
Mr. Mandsager has lived in Arlington since 2008 with his wife and three children. He enjoys cycling and soccer in his free time.
 
Mr. Mandsager is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He attended New York University School of Law (2008) and received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College (2004).
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Heather Uzer

Heather Uzer is a litigation attorney with experience in civil litigation and family law. A Northern Virginia native, Ms. Uzer was raised in McLean, Virginia and attended Fairfax County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Legal Studies Concentration, Magna Cum Laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Since obtaining her law license,  Ms. Uzer has practiced civil litigation and family law in Northern Virginia and the greater D.C. Metropolitan Area. 

Ms. Uzer is licensed to practice law in Virginia. 

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Melissa Patino

Mrs. Patino graduated George Mason University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Criminology, Law, and Society and a Minor in Philosophy and Law. Starting her career in the legal field as an intern at the age of 15, Mrs. Patino has developed a passion for helping people get the legal services they need. 

In her spare time, Mrs. Patino loves watching movies, spending time with her husband and family, and playing with her Golden Retriever Nala. 

11James Granoski

James Granoski

Mr. Granoski has been practicing law since 1991. He has represented clients and appeared in state and Federal courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

James is an experienced litigator and transactional attorney, with a broad-based background of legal work, which includes Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation, Commercial Contracts, Mergers and Acquisitions of Small Businesses, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate, and Landlord/Tenant representation. Obtaining favorable results for clients is what Mr. Granoski’s values the most.

11Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss

Ms. Moss began her time with Steven Krieger Law in 2019. She brings a decade of customer service experience to the firm. Often the first point of contact, providing compassionate and empathetic support to clients is where her focus lies.

In her spare time, Ms. Moss enjoys cooking, crafting and spending time outdoors with her dogs. 

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Angela Trocchia

Mrs. Trocchia brings several years of experience working in the legal field, particularly in the areas of family law and personal injury in the Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. court systems. She spent two years studying International Government at the University of Lynchburg as part of their Honors Program and played collegiate Women’s Lacrosse. She is passionate about helping individuals navigate the complex legal system and finds it extremely rewarding. 
 
In her personal life, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with her husband and their German Shepherd, Auggie.
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