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150 West Main Street, Suite 1500
Norfolk, Virginia 23510Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 757-623-3000
Fax: 757-623-5735
E-Mail: jchapman@cwm-law.com
www.cwm-law.com
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Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Arbitration
  • Autonomous and Unmanned Systems/Drones
  • Bad Faith
  • Builders Risk
  • Cargo
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Coverage Issues
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Environmental Liability
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Extra-Contractual Liability
  • Fidelity
  • Fire and Allied Lines
  • Fire and Water Subrogation
  • Inland and Ocean Marine
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Marine Insurance
  • Mediation
  • Negligent Security
  • Patent Infringement Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Property and Casualty
  • Public Liability
  • Public Officials Defense
  • Public Sector
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Errors and Omissions
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Subrogation
  • Surety
  • Surety Bonds
  • Technology
  • Title Insurance
  • Tort Liability
  • Tort Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trade Secrets
  • Transportation
  • Truck Liability
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination
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About Us
CWM is an insurance defense and coverage law firm, providing legal services to leading American and London market insurers. Our insurance practice spans many market segments, including marine, property/casualty, employment, surety, and professional liability.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Allianz Global Corporate & SpecialtyArmed Forces Insurance
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesCNA
Crum & Forster/United States Fire Insurance CompanyCV Starr Marine Agency
Great American Insurance CompanyHousing Authority Insurance Group
Navigators Management CompanySwiss Re
TravelersZurich North America
Non-Insurance Clients
Carter Machinery CompanyCoastal Precast Systems, LLC
Norfolk Dredging CompanyNorfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Co.
PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.Weeks Marine, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
James L. Chapman, IV, Chair, Litigation Department
Norfolk, VA
E-Mail:jchapman@cwm-law.com
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Years of Experience:36
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1982
  • North Carolina, 1998
Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Housing Authority Defense Attorneys
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1979
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Military:
Captain, U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps (1982-1986)
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W. Ryan Snow, Chair, Construction Law and Business Disputes
Norfolk, VA
E-Mail:wrsnow@cwm-law.com
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Years of Experience:17
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2001
Memberships:
  • Federal and Virginia Bar Associations
  • Litigation Counsel of America
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1998
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2001
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Steven M. Stancliff, Chair, Admiralty & Maritime Law
Norfolk, VA
E-Mail:sstancliff@cwm-law.com
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Years of Experience:21
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1996
  • Virginia, 2007
  • North Carolina, 2008
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Virginia and North Carolina Bar Associations
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Virginia Maritime Association
Education:
  • United States Coast Guard Academy, B.S., 1984
  • University of Rhode Island, M.M.A., 1992
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Military:
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) (1984-2006)
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Service Areas
Virginia Beach, Virginia19 miles
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(This firm also appears in the Subrogation section of this publication)