Deborah M. Casey Named to the Executive Board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

06/23/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Vandeventer Black LLP partner and AV® rated attorney, Deborah M. Casey, was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. The Cabinet works hand in hand with community outreach, promotes women leadership and development, and upholds the Jewish life, continuity, and home values. In addition, Debbie… Read more »

Recent Changes to Virginia’s SWaM Regulations

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06/22/2017Ostroff, Gretchen M.

(“SWaM”) program, operated by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (“SBSD”), went into effect. The following changes to the SWaM regulations expand the rights of individuals seeking to qualify for and maintain SWaM status. Those changes include: 1.       Subsidiary Ownership of SWaM Entities: SWaM eligibility requires that qualifying individuals directly own and control at least… Read more »

Two Significant Policy Changes by the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor

06/20/2017Bibeau Anne G.

As we all expected, President Trump has made his mark on numerous federal policies. On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), now under the leadership of Secretary Alexander Acosta, announced that it had withdrawn two of the past administration’s interpretive bulletins, 2015-1 and 2016-1. Both bulletins had been issued by President Obama’s… Read more »

Claims for Additional Costs and Delays Under the New AIA A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

06/19/2017Vandeventer Black

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) publishes one of the most widely-used sets of form contracts for use on construction projects.  AIA, which historically has revised the forms every ten years, currently is publishing a new set.  The focus of this article is the new version of A201 “General Conditions of the Contract for Construction.” … Read more »

Valuing Rights Taken

06/19/2017Vandeventer Black

The applicable measure of damages in a condemnation proceeding for the court and jury is the DIFFERENCE between the fair market value of the ENTIRE TRACT immediately prior to the taking and the fair market value of the REMAINDER immediately after the taking.  The only situation in which the fair market value of the property… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Wins First Place of 2017 Legal Food Frenzy

06/13/2017Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black LLP won the Large Firm (per capita) group in the 11th annual Legal Food Frenzy. The Firm raised a total of 65,353 pounds of food, which equates to 605 pounds per person, and over $12,000. “Vandeventer Black has been part of this initiative since its inception 11 years ago. We are proud we… Read more »

Harvey Named President of Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

06/13/2017Harvey, James R.

Vandeventer Black LLP partner and Executive Board member James R. Harvey was named the president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association at the recently held NPBA Annual Dinner and award ceremony. The NPBA has been serving the local legal community since 1900 and is one of the largest local bar associations in Virginia. Harvey… Read more »

Valuation of Temporary Easements

06/07/2017Vandeventer Black

Typically, the principles and techniques applied in appraising the land taken in an easement acquisition are the same as those applied in other condemnation appraisals.  J.D. Eaton, MAI, SRA, Real Estate Valuation in Litigation (1995).  Under the before and after rule, the appraiser simply values the property before and after the easement acquisition.  The measure… Read more »

Good Collection Practices Protect Lifeblood of Community Associations

06/06/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Assessments are the lifeblood of every community association.  For most associations, it is the sole source of income to pay for common expenses.  Therefore, having tools and good practices to maximize collection of assessments is vital not just to survive and thrive, but to avoid unwanted special assessments and/or debt. It is the obligation of… Read more »

Bankruptcy Basics for Community Association Boards of Directors

06/05/2017Vandeventer Black

Over the last decade, community associations (like other businesses) have been forced to navigate the “Great Recession” and continued recovery.  The “Great Recession” brought with it a significant increase in the number of personal bankruptcy filings across the country.  Even now, personal bankruptcy filings continue to impact communities and their ability to collect assessments. It… Read more »