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.
Attorney at Law
Jon Hays is an attorney licensed by Virginia State Bar. His areas of legal practice include civil litigation, criminal defense, family law, and government benefits.
Jon graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2013. As a veteran of both the US Marine Corps and the US Army, and as a distinguished law student, Jon's peers elected him President of the Veterans Law Caucus, which assisted in the creation and operation of the Veterans Assistance Project. This project was the first time a law school and a Veterans Affairs facility teamed up to provide free civil legal services on a continual basis to Veterans. During law school, Jon earned an extraordinary amount of practical experience in the law as a Legal Graduate Assistant for WVU Student Legal Services and as an Extern with the Veterans Legal Project in cooperation with Legal Aid West Virginia. Jon was also a member of the Lugar Trial Advocacy Competition team at several national level Trial competitions.
During his five years of active duty in the Marine Corps as a Radio Repairer, Jon was stationed in Camp Pendleton, California, Richmond, Virginia and MCB Quantico, Virginia. While at Quantico, Jon actively engaged in community service as a volunteer with the Young Marine program and as a volunteer fireman in Occoquan, Woodbridge, and Lorton.
Following the Marine Corps, Jon earned his BS in Political Science and Leadership at Old Dominion University, where he was a Student Senator, Chairman of External Affairs for the Student Government Association, and founder of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He also participated in Model United Nations and ROTC. Upon graduation, Jon was commissioned in the Virginia Army National Guard the same day. He was immediately deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving in Afghanistan from February to November of 2009.
Jon's hometown is Virginia Beach. He now lives with his wife in Ashburn, Virginia.
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.
Mr. Sibert graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with a heavy concentration in accounting with the aspiration of becoming an FBI agent. However, his career path changed as his desire to be involved in law enforcement shifted to the spontaneous problem solving work performed by first responders. Before Mr. Sibert knew it he had spent thirteen terrific years involved in law enforcement. During that time, he served as a United State Capitol Police Officer, a Special Agent for the United States Customs Service, a Fairfax County Police Officer for over seven years, and returned to school while working fulltime to obtain his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Upon completing law school and passing the Virginia Bar in 2002, Mr. Sibert was fortunate to have the opportunity to prosecute criminal cases under the auspice of Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, Robert F. Horan, Jr. After prosecuting for several years, Mr. Sibert changed gears and entered private practice and for the past 12 years, he has concentrated his practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, and estate planning and administration.
Mr. Sibert’s background gives him a unique perspective on the legal matters of his clients. When representing his clients, Mr. Sibert calls upon the analytical skills he learned and developed through his educational training in business/accounting, his law school curriculum, and the real world application of those skills in problem solving the many conflicts he faced while in law enforcement. He has continued to hone these skills while representing his clients inside and outside of the courtroom with great success over the last twelve years. Knowing, understanding, and having participated in each individual step of the judicial process from start to finish gives Mr. Sibert the ability to develop strategic plans to confront the complex legal matters of his clients and attain for them the most favorable results possible. While Mr. Sibert performs much of his work in the courtroom through trials, he takes great pride in his ability as a negotiator to obtain successful resolutions for his clients without the need for time intensive and costly trials.