Attorneys and Staff

Timothy M. Olmstead

Partner

Mr. Olmstead is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County. As a former prosecutor, he brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge and experience from one of the most respected Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices in the Commonwealth.

Tim earned his B.S. degree in Law Enforcement from George Mason University in 1994 and a B.A. in Government & Politics in 1996. He later went on to law school and earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

His experiences lend to this firm his exceptional ability to assess criminal cases for trial, understanding the procedural and technical aspects of criminal law. As a defense attorney and prosecutor, his trial experiences have ranged from violent crimes, such as, murders, rapes, robberies, drug and sex crimes to numerous misdemeanors, including drug, alcohol, and traffic offenses.

Mr. Olmstead is a former adjunct professor of Criminal Law I & II and Criminal Law Evidence & Procedure at the Northern Virginia Community College. He has also lectured for the Virginia Polygraph Association and for the correction officers at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center. Mr. Olmstead has been a member of Drug Court in the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Prince William County Bar Association and Virginia Homicide Investigators Association.

Mr. Olmstead’s practice areas include traffic, misdemeanor and criminal felony defense. In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Olmstead litigates personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice suits.

Sevda Serttas Olmstead

Partner

Sevda Serttas Olmstead graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement in 1994 and a B.A. degree in Government & Politics in 1996. Mrs. Olmstead was employed with two exceptional local firms; one concentrating in criminal defense work and the other in family law while attending undergraduate courses at George Mason University. After acquiring experience in both fields and her undergraduate degrees, she then pursued a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

She zealously advocates for her clients. Mrs. Olmstead works to resolve issues in dispute for her clients but is not hesitant to litigate when it is in her client’s best interest. Mrs. Olmstead has successfully represented both mothers and fathers in custody disputes and divorce.

Sevda S. Olmstead is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Prince William County Bar Association, and a member of the Prince William County Judicial Evaluation Committee. Mrs. Olmstead has been a certified Guardian Ad Litem in the Commonwealth of Virginia representing the best interests of juveniles. In addition, she is certified by the Virginia Indigent Commission to accept juvenile, misdemeanor and felony court appointments.

Mrs. Olmstead founded Sevda S. Olmstead, P.C. in August 2005 as a sole practitioner. In 2007, Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Olmstead opened their current law practice. The firm now boasts six exceptional attorneys and a considerate staff.

Mrs. Olmstead practices in the areas of misdemeanor juvenile and adult criminal defense, minor traffic violations, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation, and divorce (family law).

James F. Anderson

Associate Attorney

James F. Anderson graduated summa cum laude from Gannon University in 2005 with degrees in History and Political Science. He subsequently attended the George Mason University School of Law – earning his Juris Doctorate in 2008.

While a full time student at George Mason University, Mr. Anderson was employed by The Rhoads Group, an up and coming government relations firm in Washington D.C., where he conducted legal research and provided supplementary analysis for current and prospective clients. Mr. Anderson also participated in George Mason’s Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service Members and provided legal aid to active duty military personnel involved in civil litigation and divorce proceedings.

Mr. Anderson is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Prince William County Bar Association, and the McLean Estate Planning Council. He also served on the Wills for Heroes programs in Prince William and Fauquier counties, which provided free estate planning services to local police, firefighters, and other first responders.

Mr. Anderson is a certified Guardian Ad Litem for juveniles and has been certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to handle court appointed misdemeanors and felonies for both juveniles and adults.

His current practice areas include estate planning, criminal law, civil litigation, personal injury litigation, divorce, child custody & visitation, child support, and business & contract law. Mr. Anderson also represents juveniles in conjunction with suspension and expulsion hearings.

Jessica H. Foster

Associate Attorney

After three years of law school in Europe, Mrs. Foster returned to the United States to continue her legal education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice in 2004. She then transferred to George Mason University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2006. Law school led her to Lansing, Michigan where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Upon her return to Virginia, Mrs. Foster was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Frederick County, Virginia to prosecute cases of domestic violence and crimes against women.

She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Prince William County Bar Association. She is certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to accept juvenile and adult court appointments in both Prince William and Fauquier Counties. Mrs. Foster is also certified to represent juveniles’ interests as a Guardian Ad Litem. Ms. Foster is a former Adjunct Faculty member of Northern Virginia Community College where she taught Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure at the Manassas campus. Her current practice areas include: criminal law (adult and juvenile); traffic offenses; child custody, support, and visitation; and divorce.