Meet our Attorneys


Jason W. "Jay" Cleckner, Esq. (MD and DC)


Mr. Cleckner has practiced nothing but criminal defense, traffic defense and Peace and Protective order law since 2006. This includes criminal bench (judge) and jury trials, expungements in Maryland, sealing arrest records in the District of Columbia, and post-conviction work. He worked for a law firm in Bethesda, Maryland from 2006 until 2008, first as an Associate and then as a Partner. In 2008, he opened Cleckner LLC to better serve the needs of his clients.

Mr. Cleckner has since maintained offices in Rockville and College Park, and continues to serve clients in Washington, DC and Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, Howard, Baltimore, Charles, Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties. He has practiced across the entire State of Maryland and is familiar with the judges in all counties, the US District Courts in Greenbelt and Baltimore, and the District of Columbia Superior Court. He is therefore capable of handling your matter no matter what part of the DC region and the entire State of Maryland.


Mr. Cleckner studied law at the Syracuse University College of Law, and received his Juris Doctor in 2005. He focused on criminal law and trial practice. He completed the Criminal trial practice clinic, where he practiced criminal law with fellow students in the Syracuse City Court on a weekly basis.

Mr. Cleckner also studied Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, where he was able to gain an insight into the criminal justice system from the perspective of the police, investigators, probation department and statistical researchers. He has since used these insider tools to help clients succeed with their cases by successfully navigating the complicated world of the justice system.


Melanie DeMarco, Esq. (MD and DC)


Melanie joined Cleckner LLC in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in private practice in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and in legal aid in St. Mary's county.

Melanie handles all of the firm's domestic cases in most Maryland counties and the District of Columbia. She also handles criminal and traffic matters. She's a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Montomery County Bar Association, and the Prince George’s County Bar Association.


Melanie graduated from SUNY-Stony Brook where she received a B.S. in Political Science in 2002. She then attended Syracuse University College of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 2006. While in law school Melanie served in the Family Law clinic, providing pro bono representation for low-income Syracuse residents. She has been practicing law in Maryland since 2007 and the District of Columbia since 2014.