U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Salary Threshold

03/08/2019Bibeau Anne G.

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finally proposed new regulations to increase the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemptions. The notice of proposed rulemaking would raise the salary threshold to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). Since 2004, the FLSA salary threshold for white collar… Read more »

Bad Company Corrupts Good Licenses

02/26/2019Moss, Ashley G.

Poor business associations can jeopardize contractors’ and design professionals’ licenses Virginia regulations set forth a long list of “dos and don’ts” for contractors and design professionals.   Most of the prohibitions concern the contractor’s or design professional’s own conduct.  For example, contractors may not practice contracting without a license; they may not provide services using expired… Read more »

Trump “Strengthens” Buy-American Act:

02/25/2019Ostroff, Gretchen M.

On January 31, 2019, the President signed another Executive Order which purportedly “strengthen[s] Buy-American principles” for federally-funded infrastructure projects.  This Executive Order was not President Trump’s first effort at creating a preference for American-made goods.  Just four days into office, he signed a Presidential Memorandum aimed at requiring “materials and equipment produced in the United… Read more »

Vandeventer Black’s Jed Donaldson Receives Peer Review Rating

02/21/2019Donaldson, Jed

Vandeventer Black attorney, Jed Donaldson, received the AV® Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, the legal profession’s most prestigious rating service. This 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 achieved after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Announces its 2019 Executive Board

02/05/2019Casey, Deborah M.

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce its 2019 Executive Board. Partners Deborah M. Casey and James R. Harvey were re-elected, and partners Edward J. Powers, Mark S. Brennan, Sr., and Michael L. Sterling (Managing Partner) continue to serve as members. “We thank our partners Debbie and Jim for their continued commitment to be part… Read more »

Attorney Stephan ‘Hobie’ Andrews Named “Lawyer of the Year”

02/04/2019Andrews, Stephan F.

Vandeventer Black partner, Stephan F. (Hobie) Andrews was named “Lawyers of the Year” in Litigation – Construction 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. In addition to the Best Lawyers® award, Hobie was also… Read more »

Deborah M. Casey Named as ‘Influential Women of Law’ for 2019

01/30/2019Casey, Deborah M.

Attorney Deborah M. Casey, a Vandeventer Black AV Preeminent® rated partner and Executive Board member, will receive the Influential Woman of Law for 2019 distinction on February 18, 2019. This recognition is awarded by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as part of the inaugural class of Virginia’s leading women attorney program. “Debbie’s integrity and character are demonstrated in many… Read more »

Vandeventer Black Commercial Real Estate attorneys Named ‘Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia’

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01/29/2019Ambrosio, Christopher

Commercial Real Estate attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, were been awarded as Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers for 2019 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. “We are proud of our attorneys for receiving this distinction as it is a solely peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify… Read more »

Mediation: What Is It And Why Do It?

01/22/2019Lowenstein, Neil S.

Mediation is often confused with arbitration. They have similarities, including that both are overseen by third-party neutrals that do not have financial stakes in the outcomes. The key difference is that while arbitration results in the neutral evaluating the outcome (which typically is binding, but by agreement can be non-binding), while in mediation the third-party… Read more »

Virginia and Fourth Circuit Case Summaries

01/18/2019Rixey, James B.

In PNC Bank N.A. v. Dominion Energy Mgm’t Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62577 (E.D. Va. April 12, 2018), the Eastern District of Virginia held that an individual has the opportunity and capacity to read loan documents cannot avoid liability by claiming fraudulent inducement based on oral statements allegedly made by bank representatives different from… Read more »