Matthew J. Bergstrom
Matthew Bergstrom serves as managing attorney of Bergstrom Attorneys after he started the firm in 2010. He has 20 years of combined legal and business experience helping clients pursue opportunities and reduce risks.
He practices in the areas of commercial law, estate planning, international law, and Constitutional law. He began his career with law firms in Russia and Europe. He also served as a consultant to investment banking firms as well as to senior executives of a Fortune 100 corporation in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, DC. He is a frequent public speaker on the law, and he has served as an instructor for legal education delivered to members of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Financial Planners' Association. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.
Mr. Bergstrom earned his law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in 1997. During law school Mr. Bergstrom served as Executive Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. He was also the winner of the Elliot R. Lewis Scholarship as well as an International Fellowship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. He received an MBA in international business from Aalto University (formerly the Helsinki School of Economics), and he graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and Russian. He is a member of the Virginia, Michigan and DC bars, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Bergstrom is member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan State University Alumni of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
George L. Lyon, Jr
Attorney at Law
George L. Lyon, Jr. has represented clients in complex areas of the law for more than 35 years, and he has been a plaintiff in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision. He is an experienced litigator in both civil and administrative forums, as well as before appellate courts.
Mr. Lyon is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars, as well as the bars of several lower federal courts. He earned his law degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe Law School of the College of William and Mary where he served on the William and Mary Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of Virginia where he was special projects and production editor of The Cavalier Daily and a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He is the author of “Ethical Responsibilities of Defense Counsel in the Juvenile Court” published in the Journal of Juvenile Law.
Areas of the law of particular interest to Mr. Lyon are: constitutional law, communications law, employment law, business disputes, and criminal defense.
Jay R. Pelkofer
Attorney at Law
Jay R. Pelkofer serves clients in estate planning as well as business matters, real estate law, and landlord/tenant issues.
Mr. Pelkofer earned his law degree in 2005 from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. During law school, Mr. Pelkofer served on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics where he co-authored a published law review article titled, “Lawyers, Ethics, and Fees: Getting Paid Under Model Rule 1.5”. Mr. Pelkofer also served as a law clerk for a small firm in Maryland that focused on real estate and small business transactions. He is a member of the Virginia bar.
Upon graduating from Georgetown Law, Mr. Pelkofer joined the estate planning practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He handled numerous trust and estate planning issues including Complex Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives and numerous other estate planning issues. In 2008, Mr. Pelkofer opened his own legal practice.
Mr. Pelkofer earned his bachelor’s degree with a dual major in finance and economics from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Robert Morris, Mr. Pelkofer worked for several years in the financial services industry as a financial advisor for American Express and as a senior fund account manager at Mellon Bank.
Mr. Pelkofer earned his graduate degree in public policy analysis at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a twice-awarded W.W. Cooper Merit Scholar. During his summer internship at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy his research thesis regarding land use and development, urban sprawl, and eminent domain was published in several local newspapers including the "Allentown Morning Call," and the "Bedford Gazette." Upon earning his graduate degree, Mr. Pelkofer worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office for several years working on various federal tax policy issues.
Michael W. Zarlenga
Michael Zarlenga has been practicing law and consulting with businesses for over 20 years. He joined Bergstrom Attorneys in its Washington, DC office in January 2015 as Of Counsel to the firm. During the 2015 to 2016 election cycle, Mr. Zarlenga also served as General Counsel to Carson America, Inc., the principle campaign committee for Dr. Ben Carson's bid for the Republican Presidential Nomination.
Mr. Zarlenga is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the District of Columbia. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate, Mr. Zarlenga moved to Washington, DC and became an associate with a boutique corporate and securities firm specializing in the banking industry. Wanting a broader knowledge of industries, he then moved to the Washington, DC office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. While at Manatt, he handled a variety of corporate, contract, regulatory, and securities matters for individuals and businesses that ranged in size from start-up technology companies to Fortune 500 companies. He has represented clients ranging from financial institutions and mutual funds to venture capital funds and technology companies. He is a contributing author to 784-3rd BNA Tax Management Portfolios (2011), Corporate Liquidations, having drafted all of the sample documents to the portfolio.
Mr. Zarlenga left Manatt in 1999 to become the President and General Counsel of a start-up technology company building hardware and software solutions in the lawful intercept space. Business and technology issues identified by Mr. Zarlenga back in 1999 remain unsolved today, even with the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world working on the solutions. In 2001, Mr. Zarlenga launched a retail business which quickly became a premier outfitter for hunting, shooting, and fly-fishing. As the owner, Mr. Zarlenga handled all aspects of the business including financial planning, marketing, and regulatory compliance. He grew the business from an idea to $1.2 million in annual sales in 6 years from a 900 sq. ft. store front.
Since 2008, Mr. Zarlenga has been consulting on legal and non-legal issues that affect businesses. He is regularly interviewed by news organizations related to firearms laws and regulations. He has served on the Boards of Directors and the Committees of many diverse not-for-profit organizations including the American Water Spaniel Club, Inc. his local chapter of Duck's Unlimited, and the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee of the Board of the National Rifle Association.