Founded by Elaine Jarvis, a lawyer, author, pilot and mother of three, Jarvis Law PLLC offers creative solutions to businesses, consumers and families in Front Royal, Winchester, Manassas and throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Our practice areas include:

Business law (from formation to dissolution, and all points in between); commercial law and litigation; bankruptcy counsel (small business and individual Chapter 7 and 11), individual Chapter 13, as well as debtor’s and creditor’s rights; consumer protection; estate planning; property and real estate; family law; aviation law and general civil litigation, both plaintiff and defendant.

We are proud to offer pro bono services as well and we are happy to accept referrals from Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. for those who are indigent and in need of legal aid. We adhere to a code of honest dealing. We try to provide diligent, cost-effective counsel. We believe that law should be both just and compassionate. And we are pleased to serve the community we call home.

Please come visit us at 128 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630 or contact us online to see how we can help you.

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Knowledge and Achievements


  • Ten years’ legal experience in corporate, compliance, complex consumer
    litigation, regulatory, contracts and bankruptcy law.
  • Five years in Am Law (top 100 American law firms) located in DC, with
    business, bankruptcy and commercial litigation focus.
  • Expertise in automotive and construction fraud litigation.
  • Fifteen years’ corporate experience, gained as business owner, award-winning author and airplane owner.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience working with UDAAP,
    Bankruptcy rules and procedures, FDCPA, RESPA, and FRCA.
  • Project management experience, ranging from bringing concepts to market
    to overseeing large-scale document productions in response to DOJ, FTC and SEC
  • Managed 50 contract attorneys.


  • Juris doctorate from William and Mary School of Law 1997, top 17% of
    graduating class—business law focus.
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate of University of Maryland, College Park,
    3.91 GPA. History Honors Degree with Econ Minor.


  • Knowledge of real estate and mortgage markets, with Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent (VCTSA), Virginia Title Insurance Pre-Licensing Course and Virginia Certification Title Examiner (VCTE) certifications earned in 2018.
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) training, Denver, CO. 2019.
  • Speaker at Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) in Frederick County, Winchester, Warren County and Page County, 2019-20 (“Avoiding Fraud and Other Scams”)
  • Member of Virginia State Bar since 1997.
  • Graduate of Marshall Wythe School of Law (College of William and Mary) 1997.
  • National Trial Team Member 1996-97.
  • Four years’ experience at AMLAW 100 law firms in D.C., with focus on business litigation, bankruptcy, antitrust, and contracts.
  • Jury and bench trial experience in Virginia state courts, 1997-2003, 2018-present.


  • Editor, Author and Business Owner, Head of Marketing and Communications, E.L. Phoenix, 2009-present.
  • Airplane Co-Owner, Leaseback Operations, Sting S4 stationed out of Winchester Regional Airport (KOKV)
  • Oversaw business that involved building brand, Running from Hell with El and “E.L. Phoenix,” with more than 40,000 books sold.
  • Handled accounting matters including profit, loss, taxes and compliance measures.
  • AIA Seal of Excellence for Literary Fiction–Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption
  • #1 Amazon Bestseller, Family Life Fiction–Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption
  • AIA Seal of Excellence for Literary Fiction–I Run: A Novel
  • #2 Amazon Bestseller, Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sports–I Run
  • Built website with 13,000 followers and Facebook Page with 50,000 followers.
  • Amazon #1 Bestseller for two novels: Ripple and I Run: A Novel.
  • Quoted in the Washington Post for Blog Post, “Dear Congress, Please take my Husband Back,” Article entitled: “Spouses of the furloughed, to Congress: Take my husband — please.” See Washington Post, October 8, 2013.
  • Mentored, advised, edited and taught young writers.
  • Negotiated leaseback agreements, monitored profit and loss.


  • President of Strays Welcome Interfaith Ministries (2015-2020).
  • Member, Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity, (Winchester, VA) 2020-Present.
  • Secretary of Roof Over Their Heads of Front Royal (ROTH) (2017-2020).
  • Secretary of Warren County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (2018-2019).


  • Sold more than 40,000 books, including #1 bestseller Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption.
  • Built website and Facebook Page, Running from Hell with El with more
    than 50,000 followers.
  • Trained speaker, with oral skills gained in courtrooms, public speeches,
    boardrooms and on YouTube videos.
  • Eradicated millions of consumer debt through chapter 7 bankruptcy
    process, including IRS debt.
  • Rebuilt consumer bankruptcy process at BRLS, Inc.
  • Sport Pilot and 11-time marathoner.
  • Non-Profit Experience
  • President of Strays Welcome Interfaith Ministries (2015-Present).
  • Member, Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity, (Winchester, VA) 2020-
  • Secretary of Roof Over Their Heads of Front Royal (ROTH) (2017-2020).
  • Secretary of Warren County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (2018-2019).

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Amanda Chaillan

Senior Adviser, Business

Amanda Chaillan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in English from Chapman University in 2008. Her collegiate study focused on intercultural and global relations, including a research semester at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and a semester of study at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She also completed an Executive Certificate in Strategic Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2017.

Amanda’s career has always been at the intersection of nonprofits, business and government. Focused on delivering positive impact, she has helped build organizations, develop business strategies and craft messaging that advances the work of visionaries and leaders that are shaping the world. She played a critical role in marketing and practice integration for the energy sector group of a global law firm, led engagement with legal counsel and the Board of Directors to establish and facilitate strategic planning for the launch of a water-focused nonprofit, and has led program teams addressing a range of corporate social responsibilities (CSR) issues.  

Amanda brings her business acumen and operational expertise to every engagement, drawing on her particular strengths in stakeholder engagement, program development and storytelling. She is committed to continuing to build a career of service and working to make a positive impact on the world.

Tarra Smeltzer

Office Manager

Tarra Smeltzer has constructed a career that builds on her passion for personal wellness and strong business ethics. She brings a big heart and incredible attention to detail to every role she takes on. Whether it’s supporting customers or working with colleagues, she is a doer and fixer, helping manage cases, fostering a collaborative culture and trouble-shooting operational and legal issues.

With more than 30 years of customer service experience, Tarra manages the trial and team schedules and coordinates office operations to deliver the best outcomes for Jarvis clients. She also brings research skills and issue experience in the areas of real estate, consumer and family law.

Tarra is a vital member of the Jarvis team, and a caring champion of clients. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, reading and spending time with her loving family.

Madeline Farris


A student at the College of William & Mary, Madeline Farris is a Classics Major who plans to follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Jarvis as a lawyer and an author. Ever since the age of 12, Madeline has been writing: with six complete novels, Madeline is determined to publish her work, but she loves her work at Jarvis Law, where she is able to crack fascinating cases and help good people. Madeline figures in a leadership position in her campus’s Unitarian Universalist ministry, and also works at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church as the Childcare Coordinator.

Madeline has experience in the nonprofit and legal aid sectors: she worked with Mrs. Jarvis as Mrs. Jarvis’s intern while Mrs. Jarvis was still a staff attorney at Blue Ridge Legal Services, and also worked with Valley Assistance Network from 2019-2020 as an intern, where she was able to help connect struggling people with necessary resources.

Madeline is also the stepdaughter of a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), so she is studying to obtain her light sport pilots license, for as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

Madeline’s favorite areas of law are family, consumer protection, and business law. She enjoys finding odd solutions to difficult problems, and assisting wonderful souls in a world that is sometimes unforgiving and cruel. Madeline’s hobbies include playing the clarinet, taking long walks in nature, and talking to her vivacious pet goldfish, Bertie.

Joshua Smeltzer


Joshua Smeltzer obtained a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from James Madison University in 2022, following his service with the U.S. Army. He is a compassionate and committed public servant building a career that draws on his strong communication, research and management skills.

Josh seeks out opportunities that require critical thinking and creative solutions to address the complex challenges faced by clients. As a lead researcher, he dives deep into an issue to inform the legal strategy of the Jarvis team. He has led research on legal issues including consumer law, real estate, family law and estate planning.

Josh is a dedicated family man and proud member of the Shenandoah Valley community. In his free time, Josh enjoys physical activities and indulging in a new book.

Elaine Jarvis

Elaine Jarvis obtained her law degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1997. She practiced law in D.C. and Northern Virginia for several years, obtaining experience in litigation, antitrust, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcy and contract law. She put the practice of law on hold for a bit to raise three children and run multiple businesses, with a focus on publishing and helping non-profits. Over the course of a decade, Elaine wrote ten novels and built a social media following of more than 50,000 people with her page and blog, Running from Hell with El. Her first two novels, Ripple: a Tale of Hope and Redemption and I Run: a Novel won awards and hit Amazon bestseller’s list at #1 and #2.

In 2015, Elaine moved from Fairfax County to the mountains of Front Royal and found her love for the practice of law rekindled. She joined Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. (BRLS) in Winchester, where she helped low-income clients in Frederick County, Clarke County, Front Royal, Shenandoah and Page County–and all parts in between. These clients faced legal issues in consumer law, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, and estate planning. At BRLS, Elaine counted success as roofs kept over heads and clients saved from overwhelming threats to their survival. Leaving BRLS and her office mates was hard, but being able to help folks in Northern Virginia, Manassas, Winchester, the Valley and of course Front Royal while also focusing on complex fact patterns, small businesses, and aggrieved consumers makes for a journey into an exciting future. Elaine’s outside interests include writing, flying airplanes, hiking, adventuring, gardening and piloting things that go fast and land gently. She enjoys running and traveling from mountain to ocean and just about anywhere in between—as long as she can escape the city. She welcomes people from all faith traditions, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and personal belief systems to her practice.