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For further information about Arrington Schelin, a Professional Corporation, in Bristol, Virginia, or to schedule a free initial consultation, call 844-458-4591.

Professional Solo Practitioner — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

James E. Arrington, Jr.

Senior Attorney

Jim grew up in Grundy, graduating from that high school in 1965. He then graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1969 and immediately went into the Army. After the Army, Jim graduated from the law school at the University of Richmond in 1975.

Jim returned to southwest Virginia where his family has been for generations. As most country lawyers, Jim had a general practice until he and Chuck Schelin decided to specialize in protecting the rights of injured people. Jim, along with an extremely compassionate and competent staff, has collected millions of dollars for thousands of clients. As one of the leading injury lawyers in southwest Virginia, Jim is committed to giving the best possible legal representation that he can. 

Jim has practiced in most of the courts of southwest Virginia as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has also practiced law in the Western District of Virginia, United States District Court. He has served as the substitute Judge in both General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association; the Virginia State Bar; and, the American Association for Justice. He has qualified as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a founding member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. 

Jim is an avid learner and attends several seminars every year. Among those, he attended the National College of Advocacy by the American Trial Lawyers Association at Harvard. Jim has a love for flying and has a commercial pilots license. 


“We have a spirit of excellence, with a sense of urgency about your case.”

Professional Law Career — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Charles E. "Chuck" Schelin, in Memoriam

Charles E. Schelin was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 22, 1940. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1963. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1967. From 1967 until 1970, he worked as a real estate broker in Richmond. He came to Russell County after graduating from Richmond’s Law School in 1973.

Chuck started his law practice with the law firm of Griffith and Bondurant in Lebanon. After Brantley Griffith’s death in 1974, and T. Jack Bondurant’s acceptance of the General District Court Judgeship in Russell County, he merged his law practice with the Abingdon firm of Moore, Browning and Morefield. From 1975 until 1983, Chuck was resident partner in Lebanon where he maintained a general practice representing Russell County residents in business, domestic, criminal, and auto accident cases. During that period, he served as a director of the Russell County Medical Center, Town Attorney for Lebanon, President of the Russell County Bar Association, and Russell County Representative on the Attorney Ethics Committee.

From 1983 to 1985 he limited most of his practice to representing those injured in automobile accidents or from negligent actions of others. During, those two years, he spent considerable time in the courts of Tazewell, Buchanan, Washington, and Dickenson counties as well as Russell.

In 1987, Chuck and Jim Arrington along with Greg Herrell formed a firm to represent the injured and disabled people of Southwest Virginia. Greg retired in 2016.

In addition to his law practice, Chuck also served as a Hearing Officer for the Division of Mine Reclamation, as a Substitute Judge for the General District Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan, and Tazewell counties. He was a member of the Russell County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia State Bar.

Chuck died in a private airplane crash on June 9th, 1989. He was the pilot and there were no passengers. Chuck’s name has remained on the firm as he was loved and respected by all of those who worked with him. 

Professional Legal Administrator — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Brenda W. Kiser


Brenda (known to staff and friends as “B.K.”) has worked in the legal field most of her career and as a legal administrator for more than 28 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree and Medical Secretarial Science Certificate from The University of Virginia at Wise. Brenda is responsible for the day to day management of the firm. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Administrators, the Western Virginia Chapter of ALA, the American Management Association, and completed the Bristol Leadership tomorrow program. She is a Notary Public in Virginia and Tennessee.


“Experience matters and passion drives us.”

Licensed and Expert Attorney — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Chad Gilbert

Associate Attorney

Chad grew up in Marion, Virginia graduating from Marion Senior High School in 1994. He then pursued a career in music as a drummer/percussionist and performed locally throughout Virginia and Tennessee. He then moved to Atlanta in 2004 and attended the Atlanta Institute of Music earning a certificate in music performance.

Chad then attended Georgia State University where he started out as a music major. He played in the various school orchestras and wind ensembles, as well as the percussion ensemble. He earned several awards in piano, music theory, ear training and percussion studies. He also played with the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra for two years.

Chad eventually gained an interest in pursuing law school and changed his undergrad major to Business Economics. He graduated Georgia State University in 2012. After that he attended Atlanta's John Marshall Law School from 2013 to 2016.

Chad's mother and father still live in Marion, and he decided to come back to the Southwest Virginia/East Tennessee area to pursue his second career as an attorney and be closer to his family. Chad passed the Tennessee Bar in 2017 and the Virginia Bar in 2018. He has been working at Arrington Schelin since June 2017.

Chad is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bristol Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

Juris Doctor May 2016

  • John E. Ryan Scholarship Recipient
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Recipient of the Fall 2014 CALI Award for Entertainment Law
  • Recipient of the Spring 2015 CALI Award for Transactional Drafting

Georgia State University Atlanta, GA

Bachelors of Business Economics, cum laude May 2012

  • RCB Honors Program
  • Golden Key International Honors Society
  • The National Honors Society of Leadership and Success
  • The National Scholars Honor Society
  • Outstanding Award in Business & Social Science
Professional Accounting Manager — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Mary J. Franklin

Accounting Manager

Mary Jean has been employed with the law firm and its predecessor firms since March 1975. She received a Legal Assistant Certificate from Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia in 1997. She completed legal classes at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia.Mary Jean has worked in all departments including domestic relations, administrative law, corporations, and personal injury. She worked in our real estate department for twelve years. She currently serves as the accounting manager and as staff assistant to our managing partner and administrator.

She enjoys church, walking, family and friends, and works with children aged 4–7 at the Lebanon Church of Christ. She helps clients at the firm by being understanding to the present circumstances they are in. Many clients would rather be working and not be injured, dealing with insurance companies and not being able to do things they could before their injury or sickness. Mary loves the firm because it represents the people. The firm is very giving to the community and the local schools.

Mary Jean


Professional Case Manager — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Toni D. Teaster


Toni has worked in the legal field for 19 years and as a case manager in medical settings prior to that. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from David Lipscomb University. She assists the attorney in the preparation of documents, client interviews, depositions, mediations, and hearings. She is a Notary Public in Virginia.



Meet Our newest Staff

Sierra A. Stevenson, Paralegal — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Sierra A. Stevenson, Case Manager

Sierra began employment with the firm as a contract employee working as our receptionist in December 2018. She became a full-time employee in May 2019 as a legal assistant in our personal injury department preparing documents, meeting with clients, and writing demands. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Concord University in Environmental Geosciences for her love of geology and being outdoors. She has a certificate in Medical Coding that she earned through AAPC, and she is a notary public in Virginia. Sierra loves family, friends, hiking, yoga, baking, and, her Great Dane Klaus.

Madisyn T. Weaver, First Impression — Bristol, VA — Arrington Schelin

Madisyn T. Weaver, First Impression

Madisyn began employment with the firm in August 2017, working part time while studying at Virginia Highlands Community College. After transferring to Roanoke College, she continued to work with the firm during her school breaks. She graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in History. She is working full time with the firm as our “Ambassador of First Impressions”. When not working, Madisyn enjoys spending time outside, reading, yoga, and playing guitar.

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