Month: November 2017

Can an Architect Be Held Liable for Defects in Construction

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11/29/2017Vandeventer Black

It is common on commercial construction projects for the owner to hire the architect to perform services during construction, in addition to designing the project.  Among other things, the architect’s construction phase services will typically consist of periodic observations and evaluations of the progress of the construction work.  An architect may be charged with observing… Read more »

Handling Document Subpoenas

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11/22/2017Palais, Douglas M.

Businesses, large and small, are served with subpoenas with regularity.  My experience leads me to believe that many businesses do not understand the significance of subpoenas.  The purpose of this article is to provide some recommendations for handling subpoenas. First, what is a subpoena?  Although subpoenas are usually signed by attorneys, rather than by judges… Read more »

Vandeventer Black LLP ranked in 2018 “Best Law Firms”

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11/21/2017Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black LLP was recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list. Firms included in the list are recognized for their professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving this ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The “Best… Read more »

Sexual Harassment: Reducing Employer Risk of Liability

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11/20/2017Pierce, Michael D.

Recent events involving powerful figures from the media, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley have created a renewed focus on sexual harassment claims.  From former Fox News political commentator Billy O’Reilly to former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and even Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein, 2017 has been a year in which companies have been forced to re-evaluate their internal… Read more »

Michael Sterling Selected as a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America


11/16/2017Sterling, Michael L.

Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner of the Vandeventer Black law firm, was selected as a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The criteria for CLSA’s Fellowship of preeminent construction lawyers is a combination of Fellow input, independent and internal research, nominations by CLSA Fellows, attorney opinions, evaluation of client selection of counsel… Read more »

DFARS Clause 252.204.7012 Requirements in Cloud Computing

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11/15/2017Gallo, Jonathan V.

On December 31, 2017, contractors and subcontractors working with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be required to provide adequate security measures on all covered information systems that process, store, or transmit covered defense information (CDI) in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7012. If you intend to use cloud computing services… Read more »

Eaton Recognized as Millennial On The Move by CoVaBiz Magazine


11/09/2017Eaton, Jennifer L.

Vandeventer Black attorney Jennifer L. Eaton recently received the Millennials On The Move award by CoVaBiz Magazine. This recognition highlights up-and-coming young professionals who are making a difference in their work and the community of Coastal Virginia. “We are proud of Jenny for her recognition as a Millennial On The Move, her dedicated service to… Read more »

The Perils of Online Mechanic’s Lien Services

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11/08/2017Vandeventer Black

There are several online services that prepare and file mechanic’s liens in jurisdictions throughout the United States.  I recently had the opportunity to review a memorandum for mechanic’s lien that was prepared by one of these services and filed in a local Virginia court.  In reviewing the document, I discovered several problems with the memorandum… Read more »

Sterling to Serve on the Virginia Chamber Legal and Regulatory Reform Institute Advisory Board


11/01/2017Sterling, Michael L.

Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner of the Vandeventer Black law firm, was recently invited to serve on the Virginia Chamber Legal and Regulatory Reform Institute (Legal Institute) Advisory Board. The Legal Institute focuses on civil justice reform in the Commonwealth. Sterling has also served on many other professional and community organization boards and committees, including… Read more »