Month: June 2016

Vandeventer Black Secures Another Success

Vandeventer Black LLP recently secured another successful outcome, defending a bid protest on behalf of its client, MEB Contracting, before the Government Accountability Office.  Pat Genzler and Bill Franczek led the firm’s team.  After eight months before the GAO, and five separate protests by the disgruntled bidder, MEB Contracting won on all protested issues, allowing the company to move forward on a $15M contract at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia.

This case is another example of Vandeventer Black’s capability and success handling complex commercial matters, as well as the firm’s government construction contracting strength.  For more information about Vandeventer Black’s capabilities, please contact Pat Genzler, Bill Franczek or Cristen Fletcher.

Vandeventer Black Attorney Receives Prestigious Peer Rating

Vandeventer Black LLP’s Adam Rafal has received an AV Preeminent Peer-Review (Labor and Unemployment, Workers’ Compensation Defense) from Martindale-Hubbell, the legal profession’s most prestigious rating service.

Rafal is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation and Labor & Unemployment Law.  Primarily working with insurance carriers and self-insured employers defending workers’ compensation claims, Rafal has litigated multiple claims before the Virgnia Workers’ Compensation Commission, Court of Appeals, Department of Labor and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.  Adam is a frequent lecturer on Workers’ Compensation issues.  In addition, Rafal was listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers List (2015).  Rafal’s notable engagements include representing some of the region’s largest insurance carriers, mutual associations and third party administrators.

The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.  The “AV” designation represents the pinnacle of professional excellence, and is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by his/her peers, including members of the bar and the judiciary.

Richard Ottinger Appointed to Board of Directors of Norfolk Economic Development Authority

Richard Ottinger, a partner of Vandeventer Black LLP, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a goal to promote industry and to encourage businesses to both locate in and remain in Norfolk.

Richard Ottinger is an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts in Virginia at both the trial and appellate levels.  Ottinger has tried numerous cases to judges and juries as a first chair.  Ottinger focuses his law practice on business disputes in the transportation and general commercial markets.  His typical clients range from international manufacturing and transportation companies to small partnerships and LLC’s.  Ottinger also serves as a co-chair of Vandeventer Black LLP’s Government Relations Committee.

“Empowering businesses and supporting economic growth in the region is paramount to building the future we want for our community,” said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner.  “Richard will be an asset to the board, to the city of Norfolk and its residents as a result of his efforts on the NEDA.”

The mission of NEDA is to create jobs, maximize the utilization of Norfolk’s real estate, foster business capital investment, increase revenue by growing the tax base, focus on efforts to build on the strengths and needs of neighborhoods, and support minority and small businesses.  NEDA accomplishes this by issuing revenue bonds, financing facilities for non-profits, manufacturers, and businesses in an Enterprise or Empowerment Zone.

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