Founding Member
Phone: (540) 767-2031
Fax: (540) 982-1552
Personal Bio:
Ron and his now retired partners, Jim Johnson and Joe Matthews founded Johnson, Ayers & Matthews on September 1, 1984. Over the course of almost five decades, Ron has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has advocated for individual, corporate, small business, and government clients in countless areas, including eminent domain, local government, construction, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death, personal injury, insurance defense, and constitutional rights.

Those who know Ron recognize that his success as a litigator starts with his unquestioned work ethic, fueled by his constant search for effective solutions, and enhanced by his attention to detail and preparation. Ron’s commitment to excellence was developed at Davidson College and the University of Virginia Law School, matured during his service as a U.S. Army officer in Vietnam, and was recognized by his induction in 1996 into the American College of Trial Lawyers, which he served as Virginia State Chair from 2000 to 2002.

For the past twenty-plus years, Ron has focused his practice on eminent domain cases relating primarily to the Commonwealth’s effort to build and upgrade its highways and infrastructure. Ron is a recognized expert in handling eminent domain cases in Virginia.

Ron enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and five grandchildren; participating in church activities, particularly the chancel choir; fellowship with friends within and without the Roanoke Valley, including those he has known through his daily workouts at the YMCA for forty-five years; and involvement with local service projects.
Bar & Court Admissions:

Virginia, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Classes & Seminars Taught:
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2016
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2015
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2014
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2013
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2012
Eminent Domain, Continuing Legal Education International, 2010
Direct Examination, Roanoke Bar Association, 2008
Evidentiary Problems in Virginia Courts, Virginia State Bar CLE, 1979
Comparative Negligence, Virginia Claims Association, 1977

Honors, Awards & Affiliations:

AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers
Named to Best Lawyers in America®, 1983 (1st publication) – 2018
Named Roanoke Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
by Best Lawyers in America, 2015
Named to Virginia Super Lawyers in Eminent Domain 2006 – 2016
Omicron Delta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
Raven Society
Virginia Legal Research Group, President, 1967 – 1968

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Virginia State Committee, 1997 – 2003
Chair, 2000 – 2002
Defense Research Institute
Roanoke Bar Association
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Virginia State Bar Construction Law Section
Board of Governors, 1983 – 1986
Virginia State Bar Litigation Section
Board of Governors, 1994 – 2000

Community Affiliations:
Roanoke Valley Choral Society, 1971 – 2000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Southwestern Virginia
Board of Directors and Executive Committee,
1978 – 1985
Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, Virginia
Sunday School teacher
Chancel Choir member
Various committees

U.S. Army, 1968 – 1970, Captain
937th Engineer Group, Vietnam, May 1969 – May 1970