Meet Theo


Theo Stamos

Theophani Stamos has been a prosecutor in the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church for more than two decades.

Theo first joined the office in 1987 and was promoted to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1998 and then to Chief Deputy in 2002.

Theo has successfully prosecuted thousands of cases including capital murder, violent sexual assaults, domestic violence and drunk driving. As the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Theo supervises a team of Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys who daily prosecute a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors in both adult and juvenile court.

Theo was a founding faculty member of “Murder One,” an elite training program for Virginia prosecutors and homicide detectives and lectures often to new police recruits.

She helped launch the first Domestic Violence Response Team in Arlington to help victims of domestic violence and to hold offenders accountable.

Theo is also active in the community. She served on the executive committee of the Arlington Traditional School PTA and as Family Network Chair at Swanson Middle School. She currently serves as co-chair of Yorktown High School’s (YHS) Family Network and is a member of the YHS Basketball Boosters.

Theo grew up on Chicago’s South Side and graduated from Northern Illinois University with dual majors in political science and journalism. She received her law degree from American University where she attended night school while working full time as an editor and reporter for various news outlets, including The Washington Times. Her reporting included coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court among other assignments.

Her husband, Craig Esherick, is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at George Mason University and the former head men’s basketball coach at Georgetown University. Theo and Craig live in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington with their two teenage sons, Nicholas and Zachary, and their dog Eddie.