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101 West Main Street, 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Established: 1883

Practice Areas

  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA
  • General Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Surety
  • Fidelity
  • Estate Planning
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Transportation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Licensing Board Reputation
  • Finance
  • Community Associations
  • Corporate Formation/Representation
  • Financial Services & Securities
  • International Business
  • Ship Repair and Ship Building
  • Trust and Estate
  • Tax Law
  • Local Government
  • Cybersecurity
  • Hemp & Medical Cannabis Law

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About Us

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.

At Vandeventer Black, you will know that you are important. Our size and collective experience allow us to offer you the best legal advice available with the personal attention and value you might expect from a much smaller firm.

We take an integrative approach to client services. Vandeventer Black is a business law firm that represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Our attorneys include qualified arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association, architects, and mechanical, chemical and civil engineers. Others hold MBAs or other advanced degrees in their areas of practice and are recognized by their peers as being among the best in the legal profession.

When you sit down with us, we will bring the highest level of legal talent to the table. Our expertise spans many disciplines, including bankruptcy and collections, commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, criminal defense, director and officer liability, eminent domain and land use, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, labor and employment, professional liability, regulatory compliance, trust and estate planning, and workers’ compensation. Vandeventer Black routinely represents clients in administrative proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, litigation, and appeals.

Our attorneys are leaders in the legal profession, organizations and associations, and our communities. Our attorneys serve as members on boards of banks, hospitals, colleges, museums, professional associations, industry associations, and are actively involved in many community organizations. At Vandeventer Black, we believe in giving back to our local communities. We support a variety of charitable organizations, such as Eggleston Services, Special Olympics, food banks, rescue squads, fire departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, and United Way, among others. In 2005, we established the Vandeventer Black Foundation, which supports many community causes.

When you choose to place your trust in our team, we’ll bring the legal resources and specialized knowledge that you need. As our client you’ll get the benefit of our legal expertise, our experienced insight, and our commitment to serve you, our client. Put our history and team on your side!

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Additional Locations

  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Riverfront Plaza, West Tower
  • 901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1600
  • Richmond, Virginia 23219
    • Telephone: 804-237-8800
    • Fax: 804-237-8801
  • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • 8 Juniper Trail
  • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
    • Telephone: 252-261-5055
    • Fax: 252-261-8444
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • *By Appointment Only
  • Schaarsteinwegsbrucke 2
  • Hamburg, Germany D-20459
    • Telephone: +49 (0) 40 3750-3252
    • Fax: +49 (0) 40 3750-3693

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Attorneys


Michael L. Sterling

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1985
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1985

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Stephan "Hobie" F. Andrews

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 2006
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1984

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R. John Barrett

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1981
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1981

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Anne G. Bibeau

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1997
  • District of Columbia, 2002
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1997

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F. Nash Bilisoly

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
Education:
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

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Mark S. Brennan Sr.

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
  • West Virginia, 1993
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • North Carolina
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986

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Dean T. Buckius

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1984
  • North Carolina, 1993
Education:
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1984

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Megan B. Caramore

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 2009
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 2009

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Mark T. Coberly

Norfolk, VA & Hamburg, Germany
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1978
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1978

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James C. Cosby

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986

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James R. Harvey

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1996
  • Maryland
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1996

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Arlene F. Klinedinst

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Virginia, 1990
Education:
  • Temple University, J.D., 1986

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Neil S. Lowenstein

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1989
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2004
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1989

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Robert L. O'Donnell

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1975
  • North Carolina, 1993
  • West Virginia
Education:
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1975

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Richard Ottinger

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1996
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1996

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Douglas M. Palais

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1980
Education:
  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1978

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Dustin M. Paul

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 2007
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2007

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Edward J. Powers

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1990
  • North Carolina, 1998
  • New York
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1990

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Adam S. Rafal

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1995
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1995

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Brian L. Sykes

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1998
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998

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Kimberley Herson Timms

Norfolk, VA

Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986

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James W. Walker

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1988
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1988

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Press Releases

17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite

Local Attorney is appointed by the American Arbitration Association

Four Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Prestigious Peer Rating

12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers

2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars

24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016

12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers

Richard Ottinger Appointed to Board of Directors of Norfolk Economic Development Authority

Vandeventer Black LLP Awarded for Support of Virginia Food Bank

Vandeventer Black 15th Largest Law Firm in Virginia

22 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists

Four Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year for 2017

Vandeventer Black LLP Partner Named College of Commercial Arbitrators Fellow

Vandeventer Black LLP Relocates its Richmond Office

Young Attorneys Keep Moving Forward in Firm

2017 Virginia Super Lawyers

Elected Executive Board Members

Michael D. Pierce Joins Vandeventer Black's Norfolk Office

Harvey Named President of Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Vandeventer Black Wins First Place of 2017 Legal Food Frenzy

Vandeventer Black moves up to 13th on Virginia’s Largest Law Firms List

Vandeventer Black’s Partner Neil Lowenstein to serve on DBIA’s Executive Council

Mark T. Coberly elected to the Board of Directors of U.S. Maritime Law Association

Fortune 100 Company Executive Joins Vandeventer Black LLP

Deborah M. Casey Named to the Executive Board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA Guide

27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named 'The Best Lawyers in America' of 2018

Stephan F. Andrews Received the Best Lawyers 2018 Construction

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" for 2018

Andrew P. Selman Joins Vandeventer Black’s Richmond

Vandeventer Black LLP Awarded Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year

Jonathan V. Gallo Joins Vandeventer Black LLP

Franczek Elected to the American College of Construction

Sterling to Serve on the Virginia Chamber Legal and Regulatory Reform Institute Advisory Board

Michael Sterling Selected as Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America

Vandeventer Black LLP Ranked as 2018 Best Law Firms

Jean Stallard Joins Vandeventer Black's Norfolk Office

Twenty-Two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers

Vandeventer Black’s 2018 Executive Board Elected

Deborah M. Casey Selected as a 2018 Woman Leader in the Law

Arlene Klinedinst Elected Chair of VBA’s Labor Relations and Employment

Lockard Receives ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award

2018 Virginia Super Lawyers Press Release

Jean Stallard Appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel

Vandeventer Black Ranked as the Top Maritime Law Firm in Virginia

Jennifer L. Eaton Awarded with the Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award

Michael D. Pierce Appointed to MCLE Board

2018 Legal Food Frenzy

Anita Poston Named Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame

Vandeventer Black Partners Named Women in the Law

Vandeventer Black Promotes From Within

Vandeventer Black's Caramore Promoted to Partner

2019 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

Deborah M. Casey Selected as Influential Women of Law 2019

Jed Donaldson Joins Vandeventer Black LLP

Jed Donaldson Receives Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Stallard Appointed to TCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors

Vandeventer Black Announces 2019 Executive Board

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Legal Elite

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Lawyers of the Year for 2019

Vandeventer Black Expands Legal Network with MSI Global Alliance Partnership

Vandeventer Black LLP 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers

Vandeventer Black LLP ranked in 2019 Best Law Firms

Vandeventer Black’s Jean Stallard Appointed to Samaritan House Board of Directors

Vandeventer Black’s Pierce Elected as Member of St. Mary's Home Board

Vandeventer Black's Ashley G. Moss Promoted to Partner

Vandeventer Black's Jean Stallard Appointed as Lead Mentor to 757 Accelerate Company

Vania Ratliff Joins Vandeventer Black LLP

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Announcements

Douglas Palais Joins Richmond’s Vandeventer Black LLP

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A Few Do’s and Don’ts of Purchasing Small Business Insurance

The Economic Loss Rule is Alive and Well for Insurance Licensees

OSHA Deadline for Electronic Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses Approaching

EEOC Releases Guidance for Employees With Mental Health Conditions

Fourth Circuit Articulates Test for Joint Employment Under the FLSA

New Case Law - Violation of Medical Restrictions

Fee Schedule Update

The Application of the Amorphous “Death Presumption” in Virginia Workers’ Compensation

Agency Agreements

EDI Compliance Penalty Information

Will Virginia Adopt a Medical Fee Schedule?

New Case Law on Wage Loss Benefits After Retirement

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