Month: August 2018

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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2019 “Lawyers of the Year”

Two Vandeventer Black attorneys were named “Lawyers of the Year” for 2019 by Best Lawyers®. This exclusive designation is given to the attorneys who receive the highest peer-review survey results in their respective practice area within a specific region. The two attorneys are:

Norfolk

Edward J. PowersAdmiralty and Maritime Law

William E. FranczekLitigationConstruction

In addition to Best Lawyers®, Vandeventer Black attorneys have also been recognized as: Virginia’s Business Magazine ‘Legal Elite’, ‘Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia’ by Coastal Virginia Magazine, ‘Super Lawyers’ and ‘Rising Stars’ by Super Lawyers, as well as several recognitions given by respected bar associations.

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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019

Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are:

Norfolk, VA

Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

John Barrett: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Anne G. Bibeau: Employment Law – Management

William Birkhead: Transportation Law

Dean T. Buckius: Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management

Deborah M. Casey: Community Association Law

Mark T. Coberly: Admiralty and Maritime Law / Transportation Law

William E. Franczek: Arbitration / Construction Law / Litigation – Construction / Mediation

Patrick A. Genzler: Construction Law / Environmental Law / Litigation – Construction / Litigation – Environmental

Richard S. Guy: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

James R. Harvey III: Construction Law

Geoffrey G. Hemphill: Tax Law

Patrick W. Herman: Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law / Tax Law

Arlene F. Klinedinst: Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management

Neil S. Lowenstein: Construction Law / Litigation – Construction

Bryant C. McGann: Banking and Finance Law / Commercial Finance Law / Financial Services Regulation Law / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law / Project Finance Law

Robert L. O’Donnell: Commercial Litigation

Richard H. Ottinger: Admiralty and Maritime Law

Anita O. Poston: Corporate Law / Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Edward J. Powers: Admiralty and Maritime Law

Adam S. Rafal: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Michael L. Sterling: Construction Law

Brian L. Sykes: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Daniel R. Weckstein: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Richmond, VA

Douglas M. Palais: Insurance Law / Litigation – Securities / Securities – Capital Markets Law

In addition to Best Lawyers®, other recognitions granted to Vandeventer Black attorneys include: Virginia’s Business Magazine ‘Legal Elite’, ‘Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia’ by Coastal Virginia Magazine, ‘Super Lawyers’ and ‘Rising Stars’ by Super Lawyers, as well as several recognitions given by respected bar associations.

Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander presenting proclamation to Vandeventer Blacks Managing Partner Michael L. Sterling Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander presenting proclamation to Vandeventer Blacks Managing Partner Michael L. Sterling Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander presenting proclamation to Vandeventer Blacks Managing Partner Michael L. Sterling Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander presenting proclamation to Vandeventer Blacks Managing Partner Michael L. Sterling Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander presenting proclamation to Vandeventer Blacks Managing Partner Michael L. Sterling

Vandeventer Black Celebrates Anniversary and Receives Proclamation

Vandeventer Black LLP recently commemorated its 135th anniversary by holding an event with their attorneys and staff members. Mayor Kenny Cooper Alexander was the guest of honor and he granted Vandeventer Black with a proclamation from the City of Norfolk recognizing the firm’s historic milestone.

“The City of Norfolk congratulates Vandeventer Black for withstanding the test of time and for proudly serving the region for 135 years,” said Kenny Cooper Alexander, Mayor of the City of Norfolk. “The firm’s commitment to serving its clients with the personal attention they deserve, as well as its devotion to philanthropy and community service have been crucial in upholding its history and legacy.”

The firm began as a solo maritime law firm practice in 1883. While still maintaining a leadership position in maritime law and trade throughout the years, the firm has evolved to a broader practice of business and litigation serving clients beyond local, national, and international boundaries.

“We would like to thank our dedicated staff and legal team,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “Everyone has played a fundamental role in our firm’s history and success.”

The firm also credits its long-time history to its ability to adapt to fast-paced technological changes and adoption of a progressive and entrepreneurial approach.

 

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Vandeventer Black Promotes a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran from Within

Vandeventer Black has promoted Dustin T. Narcisse, a former paralegal, to join their Workers’ Compensation Defense practice as an attorney. Before joining Vandeventer Black, Narcisse served as a post-graduate fellow at Hampton’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and a judicial extern in Ohio’s Eighth District Court of Appeals, while still attending law school.

“Dustin brings a sense of responsibility, commitment and professionalism to our firm; characteristics shared by our entire team of attorneys,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Narcisse received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he served as a senior editor on the Canada-U.S. Law Journal and a managing editor for the War Crimes Prosecution Watch. After law school, he represented the Commonwealth in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court as a post-graduate fellow with Hampton’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Narcisse earned his B.S. (with honors) in Legal Studies from American Military University while serving as an active duty member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is very active in the local community and is currently a co-chair for the VSB Young Lawyers Conference’s Children and the Law program.

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Vandeventer Black’s Pierce Receives SHRBA Lawyer of the Year Award

Vandeventer Black attorney Michael D. Pierce was recently named Lawyer of the Year by the South Hampton Roads Bar Association (SHRBA). This is the second award given to Pierce by the SHRBA; he was previously recognized as Member of the Year for 2017.

“We are proud of Michael’s hard work and dedication to the legal community,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “This honor demonstrates our passion to our community and clients.”

Lawyer of the Year recognizes a current member of the SHRBA who exhibits outstanding professionalism in bar service and in the practice of law and/or outstanding service to the local African-American community.

Pierce practice includes matters involving labor and employment law, workers’ compensation insurance defense, maritime law, and general litigation. He defends lawsuits in both state and federal courts.  His detail-oriented writing and research make him an asset to all clients, whether they are embroiled in intense litigation or seeking guidance on compliance and regulatory issues.

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