Month: December 2013

Vandeventer Black Voted Associate of the Year by AGC of Virginia

NORFOLK, VA.  Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named “Associate of the Year” by the Tidewater District, Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Inc. (AGCVA).  This award is voted on by AGCVA members; and acknowledges an outstanding service provider of the construction industry.

AGCVA is the state’s largest and most influential construction trade organization; and boasts greater membership of general contractors and subcontractors than any other construction trade association in Virginia.  The AGCVA is a part of the AGC of America; the oldest and largest commercial construction association in the United States.

Vandeventer Black LLP is an “AV” rated, full service, business law firm which provides legal services to businesses nationally and internationally. The Firm has offices in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia; Kitty Hawk and Raleigh, North Carolina; Pasadena, California; and Hamburg, Germany.

Vandeventer Black’s Brennan Selected as 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law

RICHMOND, VA. Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that Partner, Mark S. Brennan, Sr. has been selected as a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law.

American Lawyer Media, a leading provider of news and information to the legal industry teamed with Martindale Hubbell to recognize the Top Lawyers across the country. Previously, Mr. Brennan also achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Brennan is a partner with Vandeventer Black with over 27 years of extensive trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts. Mark defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing home/long term care facilities, physical therapists, dentists, and all other varieties of health care providers against medical malpractice wrongful death and personal injury claims. Mark serves as regional counsel for long term nursing care companies in Virginia. Mark represents and defends healthcare providers in proceedings before the state professional licensing and disciplinary boards. Mark also defends health care providers in discrimination/labor/employment cases and general personal injury cases.

In addition to his defense of health care providers, Mark also defends attorneys against legal malpractice claims and defends sureties in bond litigation cases.

He received a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. Mark is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the City of Richmond Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Bar Association.

Vandeventer Black LLP – Part of Winning Team at U.S. Supreme Court

Vandeventer Black partner, Michael L. Sterling, was part of the winning team before the United States Supreme Court on the important issue of enforcing forum selection clauses in contracts.  On December 3, 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc. (AMC) a family owned and operated Virginia contractor.  AMC had entered into a subcontract with J-Crew Management, Inc., for work on a federal construction project in Texas. When a dispute arose, J-Crew filed suit in Texas, even though the subcontract required that all disputes between the parties would be litigated in Virginia.  AMC moved to dismiss or transfer the case to Virginia, but these motions were denied by the federal district court and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Supreme Court reversed the rulings of the lower courts, enforcing the forum-selection clause through the doctrine of forum non conveniens. The Supreme Court made clear the importance of “holding parties to their bargain,” and ruled that “a forum-selection clause [should] be given controlling weight in all but the most exceptional circumstances.”  This is a very important decision for many types of businesses in today’s economy who are drawn to new markets and must be able to evaluate risk.

Find a copy of the opinion here:   Michael L. Sterling is a partner in the firm’s Construction and Public Contracts Department, and a member of the firm’s Executive Board.  We congratulate Mike and the entire team who prevailed on behalf of Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc.

Virginia Business Magazine Lists 21 Vandeventer Black Attorneys to Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2013

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys from the Firm have been selected by their peers as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2013.

Since 2000, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Business magazine has asked lawyers throughout the Commonwealth to nominate the most outstanding representatives of their profession in 16 practice categories.

Lawyers from the Vandeventer Black offices include: Christopher Ambrosio – Real Estate/ Land Use; Anne Bibeau – Labor/Employment; Mark Brennan – Health Law; Deborah Casey – Real Estate/Land Use; William Franczek – Alternative Dispute Resolution; Patrick Herman – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law; Arlene Klinedinst – Labor/Employment; Neil Lowenstein – Construction; Bryant McGann – Business Law; Robert O’Donnell – Criminal Law; Edward Powers – Appellate Law; Adam Rafal – Labor/Employment; Michael Sterling – Alternative Dispute Resolution; Jane Tucker – Intellectual Property; Daniel Weckstein – Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative.

Vandeventer Black’s lawyers have provided legal services to businesses nationally and internationally since 1883. The Firm has offices in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia; Kitty Hawk and Raleigh, North Carolina; Pasadena, California; and Hamburg, Germany.

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