Prior to joining the Department of Law, Van worked in the Office of the District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit for 25 years and was previously the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney. From 2006 - 2012, he served as Ward 4 Councilman for the city of Marietta. 

In 1973, Van graduated from Long Island University. In 1976, he graduated cum laude with a law degree from John Marshall Law School.