Month: February 2016

Vandeventer Black LLP Raises Over $16,000 for United Way of South Hampton Roads

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that the firm raised $16,870 for the United Way of South Hampton Roads (UWSHR) during the 2015 Annual Giving Campaign.

“It is because of the great support of companies like Vandeventer Black that all of this work is possible,” said Dave Yargeau, Relationship Manager with the United Way of South Hampton Roads, in regards to the corporate campaign’s total donations resulting in more than $11 million dollars. “Vandeventer Black was awarded one of our Silver Trailblazer campaign awards in 2014, and will likely receive another one for their great campaign in 2015,” Yargeau continued.

The United Way is close to its $14 million goal with the corporate campaign, and is still waiting on results from many companies headquartered in the region. Since 2011 Vandeventer Black has raised more than $83,000 in donations as part of the local campaign.

Vandeventer Black LLP Announces Election of 2016-2017 Executive Board

Norfolk, VA. (February 11, 2016) The law firm of Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce the election of the firm’s Executive Board slate. The board, which consists of five partners, acts as the governing body and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm.

Mark S. Brennan, Sr. has been newly elected to the board, and serves as Chair of the firm’s Richmond Department. Brennan concentrates his practice in health care and medical and professional liability matters. He has over 29 years of trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts.

James R. Harvey has served on the board since 2014, and serves as Chair of the firm’s Practice Management Committee. Harvey has experience handling a broad range of disputes, including construction, surety, government contracts, land use, defective products, professional liability and business. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before various arbitration panels representing the needs of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers engineers, architects, insurers or sureties and their agents.

Edward J. Powers has served on the board since 2014. Concentrated in transportation law, maritime and general litigation matters, Powers focuses his practice on the representation of ship owners, charterers and their underwriters, including both domestic and international insurance companies and P & I Clubs. He represents one of the largest Class I Railroads in North America.

Adam S. Rafal has served on the board since 2010. Rafal concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense and Labor & Employment Law. He primarily works with insurance carriers and self-insured employers defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Michael L. Sterling, who serves as Managing Partner of the firm, was first elected to the Board in 2013. Sterling became Managing Partner in 2014 and was recently re-elected to serve another two-year term. He has also served on the firm’s Practice Management Committee and is a former Chair of the firm’s Construction and Public Contracts Department. Sterling concentrates his practice on complex projects and business issues for international, national and local private and government clients. Sterling also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.

Two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected to Prestigious Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that Arlene F. Klinedinst was selected by the Virginia Law Foundation to its Fellows Class of 2016.

Created in 1983, the Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Program serves to recognize and encourage excellence in the practice of law and public service. Fellowship is limited to one percent of the Virginia State Bar’s active and associate members. Selections are made based on the recommendation of the Virginia Law Foundation’s Fellows Committee, and the unanimous vote of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Vandeventer Black is proud to have had four partners recognized by the Foundation with this honor.

“We’re elated that Arlene was selected for this very prestigious and exclusive honor,” said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner. “We strive to provide our clients with great service. Our mission also includes volunteering in the communities in which we work, live and serve. It’s gratifying to be recognized for the work we provide our clients,” Sterling continued.

Klinedinst is a partner with Vandeventer Black in the firm’s Norfolk office and concentrates her practice in Labor & Employment Law. She advises and represents employers across a wide variety of industries on a broad range of labor and employment matters in court, before administrative agencies, and in the boardroom.

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