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 29 Crescent Street in downtown Front Royal 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).