Judge Van Slambrook was born in Savannah, Georgia. His father was a pilot in the United States Air Force which allowed him to live all over the world. Ultimately, his family planted roots in the Low Country which allowed him to graduate from Goose Creek High School in 1976.
Thereafter, he graduated from Clemson University in 1980 with a degree in Economics and from The University of South Carolina School of Law in 1983.
Judge Van Slambrook joined the Steinberg Law Firm in 1983 at the Goose Creek office where he began a general practice which focused on litigation, real estate and bankruptcy. He became a partner in 1987 and worked continuously with the firm until being sworn in as Master In Equity for Berkeley County.
From September 2009 until October 2014, he served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Goose Creek.
In 2011 he served as President of the Berkeley County Bar Association.
Judge Van Slambrook is married to Darlene and they live in Goose Creek. Their youngest son attends The College of Charleston while their older children both graduated from Clemson University. He is an active member of the St. James United Methodist Church in Goose Creek.
He began running marathons in 1990 and has completed more than twenty 26.2-mile events to date including the Boston, New York, and Chicago Marathons. Additionally, he is a triathlete (swim, bike, run) and has completed numerous events, including the Hawaii Ironman, Ironman USA and Ironman Florida. Also, he has ran every Cooper River Bridge Run since 1983.