Ryan Sawyer


Ryan has been with the Hartley Law Group since 2014. He attended ODU, where he obtained a BA in history. He then attended Regent University School of Law where he obtained his JD in May of 2013. Since passing the bar exam in October of 2013, he has focused his practice mainly on estate planning, administration, and transactional work. When not in the office, Ryan spends time with his wife and children, vacations at his family's home on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and enjoys listening to podcasts on a wide array of subjects.

Lisa Bensinger

Legal Assistant to Albert Hartley

Lisa is an 11-year U.S. Navy Veteran. Graduated suma cum laude from Centura College 2012 with an AAS in paralegal law and is currently enrolled at Bryant & Stratton College for criminal justice and business management.
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Stephanie Sopata

Real Estate Paralegal/Office Manager

Stephanie is the lead assistant in the real estate division. She brings years of excellent customer service and real estate experience to create a smooth closing for all of the firm’s clients. She has handled thousands of transactions, continually striving for excellent problem-solving skills.

Our Team

While our team has a proven track record of success, they’re also lifelong learners who remain abreast of the latest developments in areas related to your case. When you come to The Hartley Law Group, expect to hit the ground running with somebody who’s already a step ahead of the game.

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Justin Pierce

Associate Attorney

Justin Pierce is an associate attorney with the Hartley Law Group. He is a part of the litigation team and his practice includes representing clients in civil litigation and criminal/traffic matters. Additionally, Mr. Pierce assists senior attorneys with transactional matters, including complex real estate deals and business entity formation. Mr. Pierce was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University in 2007, obtaining his law degree from The Regent University School of Law. In his spare time, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing tennis and golf, supporting JMU Dukes sports, and catching some good live music in the area. 

Mike Sternberg


Mike joined The Hartley Law Group in the spring of 2017. He attended Old Dominion University, where he received his BS in Political Science. He then attended St. Thomas University School of Law and received his JD in May of 2013. After passing the Virginia Bar Exam in the summer of 2013, Mike was a solo practitioner and worked for a criminal defense firm, before taking a position as a magistrate judge for the city of Norfolk. Mike served the City of Norfolk for three years and conducted a variety of hearings as a magistrate judge. Mike brings years of trial experience to The Hartley Law Group with his primary focus on real estate transaction and litigation.

Albert Hartley


Albert has more than 15 years of legal experience with a focus on real estate matters. He attended Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After teaching high school for a year, he attended Regent University School of Law while working part-time as a real estate professional. Many of the contacts he made selling residential real estate are now his clients.

Growing up the son of a contractor, Albert spent his youth in the world of construction and saw firsthand how things got built – how work got done. As an attorney, Albert brings that lunch pail, roll-up-the-sleeves attitude to his profession. With The Hartley Law Group, you get the job done – and done right.