Core Values in Action

“I am energized to be a part of the Freeborn team, and to hopefully add even more breadth to a bench that is broad in knowledge and experience.”

Ron Evans is a Partner in the Family and Personal Law Practice Group in the Firm's Richmond, Virginia office.

During his extensive career he has engaged in defense of industries accused of environmental crimes, defended persons accused of criminal matters, tried wrongful death cases, product liability cases, personal injury cases, and general civil litigation. His range of litigation experience is currently focused on complex family law matters including valuation of closely held corporations and professional practices for purposes of Equitable Distribution, ERISA and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, custody, visitation and support of children and support of spouses.

He has represented parties in mediation, acted as mediator, qualified as an expert witness in family law matters and been sworn in as judge pro tem to hear and determine issues in divorce cases.  He also has routinely given testimony in the Virginia General Assembly in support of or opposition to bills proposing changes in Virginia law.

“In all of my clients' encounters with the law, I try to empower them so that, when the litigation ceases, they can emerge stronger and with their civility and dignity at least intact, if not elevated”. Ron's addition to our team brings a wealth of valuable litigation experience in many disciplines and, given the breadth of Freeborn’s expertise, can only elevate everyone’s game. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ National Civility and Professionalism Committee, which attests to his interest in enhancing the profession.

Ron believes that law firms, small or large, have a “personality”, being hard wired to practice the way the founders of the firm taught them, who set the tone for the entire organization. He believes that the best firms achieve the best results by having instant credibility with their clients, courts, other tribunals, and their opponents.

“I was excited to discover that Freeborn’s core values are so closely aligned with those I have tried to live out in my years of practice. I believe this is a perfect match”.

Honors & Awards: 
  • "AV® Preeminent™" under the Martindale-Hubbell® Rating System - highest recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993 - present
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Lawyer of the Year in Family Law, Richmond, Virginia, 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2015
Professional Activities: 
  • Virginia Bar Association (Member, Coalition Committee on Family Law Legislation; Child Custody Education Committee; Family Law Council)
  • Virginia State Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors Family Law Section, 1988-1992; Chairman, 1991-1992)
  • Member, Virginia House of Representatives Joint Resolution 57 Committee for the Study of Equitable Distribution
  • Appointed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to study the feasibility of creating a Family Court
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Virginia Chapter President, 2015-present)
  • Numerous articles published in conjunction with CLE seminars
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Speaker and numerous CLEs in Virginia
15 Aug News

Twelve Freeborn Attorneys Ranked as “Best Lawyers” for 2017

Partners Roger H. Bickel, Theodore I. Brenner, Joel T. Cooper, Jeffery M. Cross, Ronald S. Evans, Andrew L. Goldstein, Mark R. Goodman, David C. Gustman, John E. Stevens, Eileen B. Trost, Alexander S. Vesselinovitch and Eugene F. Zelek, Jr. have been named to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
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J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, Decisions and Legislation Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, Exemplary Leadership Award

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Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Community Service

  • Vestry Member, and former Head of the "Every Member Giving" Campaign at St. James Episcopal Church
  • Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter (CARITAS)