Month: May 2019

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Vandeventer Black LLP Listed as the Largest Maritime Law Firm in Virginia

The dynamic business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black LLP, was recently listed in the top position of the Virginia maritime law firm’s list for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. With an seasoned team of maritime attorneys, including 15 members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the firm’s expertise extends to all aspects of maritime law including claims for cargo damage, pollution, personal injury, and maritime liens, as well as matters involving collisions, Coast Guard violations and marine financing.

Our firm began as a solo maritime law practice in 1883 and, although maritime is still a core practice area of our firm, we have evolved into a multidisciplinary and multifaceted firm that offers a comprehensive range of business-related legal services,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Vandeventer Black serves as General Counsel to maritime industry organizations and has served as admiralty counsel to local municipalities in maritime litigation involving bridges, pipelines, ferries, and other state-owned maritime facilities. The firm’s attorneys have also served as correspondents for most of the P&I Clubs in the International Group and represent the primary domestic marine underwriters, as well as arbitrators and mediators for maritime-related disputes.

Thanks to our longstanding history, collective experience, and strategic location in Virginia’s commercial gateway, we serve clients from all over the world with their legal needs,” said Sterling.

Today, the firm has multiple practice areas to help in every business life cycle, including banking and finance, cybersecurity and data privacy, commercial real estate, construction, international business, labor and employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability defense, and tax planning, among others.

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Jennifer L. Eaton Honored as 2019 Taylor Reveley Award Recipient

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that attorney Jennifer L. Eaton received the Taylor Reveley Award from William & Mary Law School at this year’s  Graduation Ceremony.

We are proud of Jenny as she exemplifies the ideals upon which this firm has thrived. We are happy she received this important recognition,” said Paul Julius, Executive Director and CFO of Vandeventer Black.

This award is for a William & Mary Law alumnus who has graduated in the past ten years, and who personifies the citizen lawyer tradition of professional achievement, service, personal integrity, and community leadership. 

Being a Citizen Lawyer is not necessarily about grandiose gestures or prestigious achievements. It is simply a day-in and day-out lifestyle of service. It is about changing the world one small act at a time. It is about focusing on your strengths, in spite of your weaknesses, to serve others,” said Eaton in her award acceptance speech.

Eaton is a trial attorney who represents clients primarily in the maritime and transportation industries in state and federal courts across the Commonwealth.  Along with her team in the Litigation Practice Group, she also serves as local counsel for matters litigated in the Norfolk and Newport News divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Bibeau and Pierce Elected to the City of Norfolk Grievance Panel

Vandeventer Black attorney’s Anne G. Bibeau and Michael D. Pierce were both selected by the judges of the Norfolk Circuit Court to serve as chairs on three-member panels for The City of Norfolk Grievance Procedure.

The City of Norfolk Grievance Procedure is an administrative process for The City of Norfolk employees to challenge management actions with regard to their employment. Employees’ grievances are heard and adjudicated by three-member panels. Ms. Bibeau and Mr. Pierce are among those selected to chair those panels.

“I’m excited to be selected for The City of Norfolk’s Grievance Procedure. I look forward to working on these cases and giving both sides a fair opportunity to be heard,” said Bibeau.

Bibeau focuses her practice on labor and employment lawalternative dispute resolutioncommercial and general litigation, and tax litigation. She represents clients before federal and state courts, arbitrators/mediators, and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. She advises clients on sexual harassment, workplace investigations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, disability law, labor relations, and other labor and employment law matters. She also serves as an employment law arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve The City of Norfolk in this capacity.  I certainly intend to do my part to bring fair and just resolutions to any grievances assigned to me,” said Pierce.

Pierce’s 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. In employment litigation matters, Pierce has represented employers in discrimination actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Employment Act, Family, and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, and the Equal Pay Act.

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