Year: 2014

Douglas Palais Joins Richmond’s Vandeventer Black Office

Experienced trial lawyer Douglas M. Palais has joined Vandeventer Black LLP as Of Counsel.  He will be working from the firm’s office in downtown Richmond.  His principal practice areas involve Professional Liability matters, including the representation of Insurance and Securities Professionals, Corporate Directors & Officers, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Insurance Coverage, and the defense of lawyers and law firms.

“Doug is a great addition to the Professional Liability and Commercial Litigation practices at the firm, and we are thrilled he chose to continue his practice with us in these important areas.” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.  “He’s a great lawyer all around, and his practice is a great fit here.  His addition is a great benefit to the clients we work with, and another very good addition to the firm this year.”

Palais has over 35 years of experience and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance, Securities Litigation and Capital Markets. He is also a Virginia Super Lawyer in the areas of Insurance and Securities Litigation. He has tried dozens of jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in Virginia and in other jurisdictions. In addition to trying cases in courts and before arbitration panels, Doug has extensive appellate experience in Virginia and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A long-time member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Doug has also handled cases in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.

Douglas Palais Joins Richmond’s Vandeventer Black Office

Experienced trial lawyer Douglas M. Palais has joined Vandeventer Black LLP as Of Counsel.  He will be working from the firm’s office in downtown Richmond.  His principal practice areas involve Professional Liability matters, including the representation of Insurance and Securities Professionals, Corporate Directors & Officers, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Insurance Coverage, and the defense of lawyers and law firms.

“Doug is a great addition to the Professional Liability and Commercial Litigation practices at the firm, and we are thrilled he chose to continue his practice with us in these important areas.” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.  “He’s a great lawyer all around, and his practice is a great fit here.  His addition is a great benefit to the clients we work with, and another very good addition to the firm this year.”

Palais has over 35 years of experience and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance, Securities Litigation and Capital Markets. He is also a Virginia Super Lawyer in the areas of Insurance and Securities Litigation. He has tried dozens of jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in Virginia and in other jurisdictions. In addition to trying cases in courts and before arbitration panels, Doug has extensive appellate experience in Virginia and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A long-time member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Doug has also handled cases in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.

Managing Partner Chosen as Contributing Author, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts, 2015 ed.

Firm Managing Partner, Michael Sterling has authored a chapter, “Education Perseverance and  Patience:   Necessary Components of Winning Government Contract Disputes”, in  the 2015 ed. of Litigation Strategies  for Government Contracts (Inside the Minds).  Published by Thomson Reutuer’s Aspatore Books, a company exclusively publishing C-Level executives and partners from the world’s most highly reputed companies and    law firms, Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts offers an insider’s perspective on the increase in  competition for fewer contracts and authoritative advice on strategies key to winning contract disputes.

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Vandeventer Black LLP Lawyer Named 2014 Leader in the Law

Norfolk, VA. (November 20, 2014) – Vandeventer Black’s Bryant McGann has been selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Media’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2014, the prestigious awards program from the publishers of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

“We are proud of Bryant’s outstanding contributions to the practice of law,” said Michael Sterling, managing partner for Vandeventer Black LLP. “We’re excited that he’s been recognized for significant achievements in our field and important contributions to communities in Virginia.”

McGann has worked with Vandeventer Black for 28 years, and his practice areas include Banking & Finance; Business; Commercial Real Estate; Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy & Collections; as well as Transportation law. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Now in its ninth year, this awards program recognizes the lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia. “Leaders” are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia’s justice system, among other accomplishments. The honorees were celebrated at a reception on October 23 at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. The “Leader of the Year,” voted by the Class of 2014 honorees, was announced at this reception.

Vandeventer Black to Hold 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Review and Update

Norfolk, VA. (October 10, 2014) – The Labor & Employment group of Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to host its 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law seminar on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CEOs, in-house counsel staff, human resource professionals and others interested are invited to attend the event, with topics to include: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law; Affordable Care Act Updates; Managing Employee Leave; Workers’ Compensation Tips; Hiring and Firing; and New Requirements for Government Contractors.

Vandeventer Black’s Labor & Employment team represent a variety of organizations and businesses in matters of labor and employment law and litigation, including discrimination claims, union avoidance, NLRB charges, wrongful discharge, breach of contract suits, trade secret/unfair competition suits, wage and hour, employee benefits, workers’ compensation defense, immigration, and employee relations counseling and training.

Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Vandeventer Black LLP is honored to announce that lawyers in their Norfolk office have been recognized  in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. The selection process for this recognition involves a peer-review study where more than 5.5 million votes were cast by attorneys regarding the legal abilities of their colleagues around the country.

Managing Partner, Mike Sterling says, “I am proud of the number of attorney’s in our firm who were recognized this year.”

The 23 Best Lawyers © at Vandeventer Black LLP and their area of recognition are:

Norfolk
R. John Barrett (2013) (2)
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
F. Nash Bilisoly (1995) (20)
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Dean T. Buckius (2006) (10)
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Mark T. Coberly (2007) (5)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Transportation Law
William E. Franczek (2006) (10)
Arbitration
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Mediation
Patrick A. Genzler (2007) (5)
Construction Law
Environmental Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
James R. Harvey III (2013) (2)
Construction Law
Patrick W. Herman (2007) (5)
Closely Held Companies & Family Businesses Law
Tax Law
Arlene F. Klinedinst (2006) (10)
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Neil S. Lowenstein*
Construction Law
Bryant C. McGann (2011) (5)
Banking & Finance Law
Commercial Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Project Finance Law
Robert L. O’Donnell (2010) (5)
Commercial Litigation
Richard H. Ottinger (2013) (2)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Anita O. Poston (1991) (25)
Corporate Law
Health Care Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Edward J. Powers (2008) (5)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Adam S. Rafal*
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Michael L. Sterling (2013) (2)
Construction Law
Daniel R. Weckstein (2013) (2)
Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed.
(#) Number of years that the lawyer has been listed in Best Lawyers.
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.

Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Vandeventer Black LLP is honored to announce that lawyers in their Norfolk offices have been recognized  in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. The selection process for this recognition involves a peer-review study where more than 5.5 million votes were cast by attorneys regarding the legal abilities of their colleagues around the country.

Managing Partner, Mike Sterling says, “I am proud of the number of attorney’s in our firm who were recognized this year.”

The 23 Best Lawyers © at Vandeventer Black LLP and their area of recognition are:

Norfolk
R. John Barrett (2013) (2)
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
F. Nash Bilisoly (1995) (20)
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Dean T. Buckius (2006) (10)
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Mark T. Coberly (2007) (5)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Transportation Law
William E. Franczek (2006) (10)
Arbitration
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Mediation
Patrick A. Genzler (2007) (5)
Construction Law
Environmental Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
James R. Harvey III (2013) (2)
Construction Law
Patrick W. Herman (2007) (5)
Closely Held Companies & Family Businesses Law
Tax Law
Arlene F. Klinedinst (2006) (10)
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Neil S. Lowenstein*
Construction Law
Bryant C. McGann (2011) (5)
Banking & Finance Law
Commercial Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Project Finance Law
Robert L. O’Donnell (2010) (5)
Commercial Litigation
Richard H. Ottinger (2013) (2)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Anita O. Poston (1991) (25)
Corporate Law
Health Care Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Edward J. Powers (2008) (5)
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Adam S. Rafal*
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Michael L. Sterling (2013) (2)
Construction Law
Daniel R. Weckstein (2013) (2)
Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed.
(#) Number of years that the lawyer has been listed in Best Lawyers.
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.

Vandeventer Black LLP Awarded for Support of Virginia Food Banks

Richmond, VA. (August 13, 2014) –Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently presented Vandeventer Black LLP with The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award for its participation in the 8th annual Legal Food Frenzy.  The firm earned first place at the 2014 Legal Food Frenzy Awards Reception held at the Executive Mansion, after raising 495 pounds per person. The Food Frenzy was held earlier this year and this is the fourth consecutive year Vandeventer Black LLP was awarded the top spot in the Large Law Firm (101+) Per Capita division.

Vandeventer Black raised $10,910 in 2014 surpassing contributions made in years prior (for the past two years, the firm raised about $8,400 each year). The firm also donated 35 pounds of non-perishable foods to the local food bank.

The Legal Food Frenzy, a collaboration involving the office of the Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, is an annual competition in which Virginia law firms and legal departments compete to see who can raise the most food for the food banks in their local communities.  The two-week contest ran from March 31 – April 11, and was open to lawyers and their staff, as well as members of Virginia’s legal community.

Franczek Named Chair of Government Construction Division by the American Bar Association

NORFOLK, VA. Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that William E. Franczek, P.E., a partner in the Construction and Public Contracts Department, was recently selected by the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry to chair its newly formed division on Government Construction.

The Forum provides a national venue for educational programs and publications focused on the construction industry.  It is the largest organization of Construction Lawyers in the United States serving 6,000 members and associates.  The Government Construction Division is one of 13 Divisions and was formed to provide a forum for the study and discussion of legal issues inherent in federal, state and local construction contracting.

Vandeventer Black is an “AV” rated law firm which has been providing a broad range of legal services to the business and maritime community since 1883. The Firm offers a unique blend of skilled attorneys and staff with professional degrees and experience in accounting, architecture, business management and engineering. The Firm represents international, national and local clients from offices in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia; Kitty Hawk and Raleigh, North Carolina; Pasadena, California; and Hamburg, Germany.

Bill is also a civil engineer and his practice focuses on construction law, public contract law, and alternative dispute resolution. His extensive background in the construction field includes claim preparation, negotiation, and litigation/arbitration on behalf of construction industry clients.  His experience includes privately-owned projects; federal, state and local public projects, and hybrid developments such as public private partnership projects.  His clients span the construction industry and include owners and developers, general contractors, subcontractors, bonding companies and design professionals.  Bill also serves in leadership roles in many construction trade associations, including the Associated General Contractors, Hampton Roads Builders and Contractors Exchange, and the Design Build Institute of America.

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