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



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


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

Established: 1883

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • 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

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883 and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. 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. Our experience and reputation will assist you in the economical resolution of claims. Put our history and team on your side!


How We Offer Value

  • 135+ Years of Serving Businesses

  • 50+ Cross-disciplinary Attorneys

  • 40+ Practicing Areas of Law

  • Attorneys admitted in 35+ Courts, including all Courts of Virginia, all Federal Courts, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of International Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.


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

Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Chesapeake Airport Authority
  • Norfolk Airport Authority

Personnel Information

Senior Partner


R. John Barrett

Norfolk, VA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Maritime Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1981
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1981

Partners


F. Nash Bilisoly

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

Megan B. Caramore

Norfolk, VA

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

Adam S. Rafal

Norfolk, VA

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

Brian L. Sykes

Norfolk, VA

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

Of Counsel


Douglas M. Palais

Richmond, VA
Practice Areas
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Financial Institutions and Securities
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1980
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

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