Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense


10 South Jefferson Street, Suite 1800, Roanoke, Virginia 24011

Established: 2022

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor and Employment
  • Maritime Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Cannabis Law
  • Licensing Board Reputation


About Us

Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black combines the forces of Woods Rogers, founded in Roanoke in 1893, and Vandeventer Black, established in Norfolk in 1883. The new firm continues to promote the original firms’ principles of mutual respect, community leadership, and unwavering dedication to client service.. Our Insurance Defense team focuses on insurance carriers, mutual associations, and self-insured employers offering legal defense strategies for both state and federal workers’ compensation claims. Our goal is to achieve efficient claim resolution for our clients. We provide a thorough case analysis explaining your rights and responsibilities, address the best options for claim resolution, whether through engaging in negotiations, mediation, or the initiation of litigation. We adhere to individual client-generated reporting requirements, and we offer definitive, logical recommendations to our clients. We respond to our clients’ needs and maintain open communication throughout the claim assignment.

OUR CORE INSURANCE COVERAGE DEFENSE SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • General legal advice and information to claims professionals
  • Evaluation and drafting of policy language
  • Coverage and risk analysis, including policy interpretation and opinions for property casualty insurers, business and employment coverage insurers, and automobile insurers
  • Case evaluation and management
  • First-party litigation, including property, life, and disability coverage
  • Bad faith litigation
  • Third-party litigation, including commercial general liability, excess and umbrella, and professional liability
  • Defense and prosecution of lawsuits, including declaratory judgment actions and reservations of rights
  • Subrogation claims and litigation
With nearly a century and a half of combined experience in defending insurance claims, we are highly regarded in the local community and throughout the mid-Atlantic. We are well known in the industry to Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, District Directors, and Administrative Law Judges as professional and effective defense attorneys.


Additional Locations

  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Riverfront Plaza, West Tower
  • 901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1600
  • Richmond, Virginia 23219
    • Telephone: 804-237-8800
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • 101 W. Main Street
  • 500 World Trade Center
  • Norfolk, Virginia 23451
    • Telephone: 757-446-8600
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 828 Main Street, 19th Floor
  • Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
    • Telephone: 434-846-9000
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 123 East Main Street, 5th Floor
  • Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
    • Telephone: 434-220-5685

Personnel Information

Attorneys


F. Nash Bilisoly

Roanoke, VA

Practice Areas
  • Maritime Law
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
Education:
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

Mark S. Brennan Sr.

Richmond, VA
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Licensure
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986

Megan B. Caramore

Roanoke, VA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2009
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 2009

Adam S. Rafal

Roanoke, VA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Labor and Employment
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1995
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1995

Brian L. Sykes

Roanoke, VA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1998
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998

Douglas M. Palais

Richmond, VA
Practice Areas
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Financial Institutions and Securities
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
Education:
  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1978

Tracy T. Hague

Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1997
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Press Releases

2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

Franczek Selected as a Member of the “Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame” for 2022

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