We are a general practice law firm dedicated to providing a wide range of quality legal services to our clients. We enjoy serving the Hampton Roads community and are proud of our deep roots in the region. Ronald D. Slaven, Jr., the owner and principal of the firm, has practiced in the Hampton Roads area since his admission to the bar. James T. Wise, former member of the firm and now retired, was a seasoned and well beloved attorney who served Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the surrounding Hampton Roads community for over three decades. John W. Jelich, III, who recently joined the firm in an "Of Counsel" position, has also served Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and the surrounding Hampton Roads community for the past three decades.
We are conveniently located just minutes off the Greenbrier Parkway Exit of I-64 in the Greenbrier Area of Chesapeake, Virginia. We are in the Old Greenbrier Village Office Complex located at 2006 Old Greenbrier Road. Please visit our contact page for a map, directions and further contact details.
Ronald (Ronnie) D. Slaven, Jr., is the Firm's principal attorney. He is a litigation attorney and enjoys the variety that accompanies a general litigation practice. He has handled such diverse matters as an agricultural lease dispute with the Federal Government, partition suits involving real property, fast food product liability actions, and construction contract disputes. He additionally represents debtors in consumer bankruptcy cases. He has considerable experience with all aspects of family law and divorce and has served as a guardian ad litem for children in the past. Recently, Mr. Slaven has begun expanding the firm's probate estate administration practice. In addition to his civil caseload, Mr. Slaven engages in felony criminal defense work and traffic law defense.
Personal Background: Mr. Slaven is originally from Kansas. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and thereafter moved to Northern Virginia to attend law school at George Mason University. Upon completing law school in Northern Virginia, Mr. Slaven relocated to Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife, who is from the Great Bridge area. Mr. Slaven has been practicing law in the Hampton Roads area since his admission to the Virginia State Bar in June 2010.
2005 Brigham Young University B.A. magna cum laude in humanities and literature
2009 George Mason University School of Law J.D. cum laude
Affiliations / Recognitions:
• Admitted to all Virginia State Courts
• Admitted to the Federal District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; admitted to the US Court of Federal Claims
• Member of Chesapeake Bar Association
• Member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
• Published in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2010) "Short Term, Long Term, Junior and Senior: A Critical Analysis of the Mortgage Provisions of § 1322(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, With Reference to Historical Market Developments and Recent Financial Crises"
• Eagle Scout
• Spanish Speaker
• Volunteer - Norfolk Highlands Primary Mentoring Program
• Member of Great Bridge Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
After 14 years as a municipal government attorney, Michael Piluso (Mike) transitioned back to private practice and joined the firm in 2018. From June 2003 until December 2017, Mike had the honor and privilege of serving as in-house legal counsel to the former Portsmouth City Treasurer, James L. Williams, who retired at the end of 2017. Mike also served as a Special Assistant City Attorney, having been designated as such by former Portsmouth City Attorney, G. Timothy Osman, in 2003.
During his time in Portsmouth, Mike was primarily responsible for the legal enforcement of the Treasurer's revenue collection efforts, which included counseling the Treasurer on the legality, propriety and efficacy of various distress collection efforts; civil prosecution for delinquent personal property and real estate taxes; criminal prosecution for delinquent trustee and business license taxes; protecting the City's rights as a creditor in the bankruptcy courts; monitoring State Code changes affecting the Treasurer; assisting the Treasurer's Association of Virginia (TAV) in drafting desired legislative modifications and conducting tax sale auctions for specific delinquent real estate parcels.
Mike was also fortunate to be designated as a Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer by the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia and was honored to be asked to teach a tax-sale seminar at a TAV district meeting. Mike's experience as a collection attorney, along with his knowledge of bankruptcy law and the judicial tax sale process will complement the firm's civil litigation practice. Mike is also comfortable handling domestic relations cases from his pre-Portsmouth days.
Personal Background: Mike is originally from New York and he received his undergraduate degree at SUNY Stony Brook in 1989. Mike eventually moved to Virginia to attend Regent Law School where he received his JD degree in 1995. Mike was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in June 1996 and has been practicing law in the Hampton Roads area ever since.
1989 SUNY Stony Brook, B.A. Political Science, History
1995 Regent University School of Law, J.D. Law
Affiliations / Recognitions:
•Admitted to all Virginia State Courts
•Admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
•Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer, Weldon Cooper Center, University of Virginia
•Member of Portsmouth Bar Association
•Member of Treasurer's Association of Virginia (TAV)
•Fluent German Speaker
•Vice-President, Oak Lake Estates Condominium Association
John has recently joined Slaven Law Group as "of counsel" and brings to the firm more than thirty-seven years of legal experience. He has handled serious felony cases including capital murder, and civil matters including personal injury, real estate, contractor/construction disputes, divorces and custody, etc.. He also represents a number of corporate clients, and his office practice includes business entity formation, sales of businesses, preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and other legal matters. He has also represented the City of Chesapeake and City Treasurer for twenty-nine years as their legal counsel for delinquent real estate tax suits, and has been appointed and served as Special Commissioner to the Chesapeake Circuit Court during that same period.
Mr. Jelich completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and also graduated thereafter from Wake Forest University School of Law. While in law school, he was accepted into the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General Program, and after graduation from law school, began his active duty in Norfolk, Virginia for two years handling numerous military courts-martial cases. He completed his last two years of active duty as the Staff Judge Advocate for the base commander at Fleet Combat Training Center, Dam Neck, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He changed his designator to intelligence officer, and remained part of the United States Naval Reserves for seventeen years after leaving active duty, retiring as a commander. After leaving active duty, Mr. Jelich was an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Chesapeake, Virginia, for almost two years, and prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor cases. Thereafter, he entered private law practice and since 1987, has had his own firm.
Education: Graduated Cum Laude, Wake Forest University, 1975 B.A. History
Graduated Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. 1978
Affiliations & Recognitions:
Admitted to Practice in all North Carolina State Courts - 1978
Admitted to Practice in all Virginia State Courts - 1981
Admitted to Practice Federal District Court and Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District, VA, & United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Chesapeake, VA 1982-1984
Sadler, Swan & Jelich, General Law Practice, Norfolk, VA 1984-1987
John W. Jelich, III, General Law Practice, Chesapeake, VA 1987 to 2016
Past President, Chesapeake Bar Association
She began her journey in law in March 1992, when she moved to Chesapeake, Virginia from Rock Island, Illinois to be a Legal Assistant to her father, James M. Walton, Sr., who was a Commissioner in Chancery at that time. She is a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She became a Certified Paralegal in March 2000. Her forte is Family Law.
Angel Zombar joined us with over 14 years of experience in the law enforcement field and has worked in the administration field for over 20 years. She is licensed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services in several different categories including as an instructor. She has lived in Hampton Roads most of her life and is very active in Chesapeake Little League and Chesapeake Parks and Recreation with her four children.
Avis joined the Slaven Law Group team in November 2014, when she moved to the Hampton Roads community from Florida. She has extensive and in-depth management, human resources, and executive administrative support experience in both the public and private sectors. Avis has been recognized for her outstanding performance and leadership skills on multiple occasions during her career. She is a registered Notary Public in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Avis is honored to be the mother of three wonderful children and delighted to play the role of "Grammy" to five grandchildren.