The Pels Law Firm is pleased to announce that Brian West has become “Of Counsel” to the firm. Likewise, Jon D Pels has become “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Sandground, West, Silek & Raminpour, PLC.

Brian West began practicing law in 1985 and has a reputation as being one of the toughest litigators in the areas of criminal and domestic relations law. AV rated attorney Brian has also been named to the Superlawyers for many years running. Brian is admitted in Maryland, DC, and Virginia federal and state courts. Brian’s primary office will continue to be the Vienna, Virginia location located just outside of Tysons Corner. Brian may be reached at 703-564-4600 and his email is

Jon D. Pels began practicing law in 1993 and started The Pels Law Firm in 1997. With the recent additions of Maria Leonard Olsen and Alvaro Llosa, the firm provides general practice services with a concentration in litigation and Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in numerous areas. Jon was named 2007 Maryland Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. Jon was nominated for the award by Paul Bland of Public Justice after Jon’s precedent-setting litigation resulted in several counties changing their building code inspection practices to make homeowners safer. Jon’s practice spans Maryland, DC, and Virginia federal and state courts. His primary office will continue to be in the firm’s Bethesda Building, at 4845 Rugby Ave, 3rd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. Jon may be reached at 301-986-5570 and Additional information about the firm can be found at