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

  • Construction Law
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Fidelity
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Surety
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 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.


  • 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!

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

Personnel Information


R. John Barrett

Norfolk, VA

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

F. Nash Bilisoly

Norfolk, VA

  • Virginia, 1979
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

Mark S. Brennan Sr.

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

Megan B. Caramore

Norfolk, VA

  • Virginia, 2009
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 2009

Douglas M. Palais

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

Adam S. Rafal

Norfolk, VA

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

Brian L. Sykes

Norfolk, VA

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

Tracy T. Hague

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

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