Month: June 2019

Vandeventer Black’s Pierce Receives the President’s Award by the Old Dominion Bar Association

Vandeventer Black attorney Michael D. Pierce received the President’s Award at the 79th Annual Conference of the Old Dominion Bar Association. Pierce has been a recipient of multiple recognitions such as the South Hampton Road Bar Association’s Member of the Year for 2017 and Young Lawyer of the Year for 2018, as well as the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer for 2018.

“I truly did not expect to receive this tremendous honor.  I am humbled by this recognition from the nation’s oldest statewide minority bar association,” said Pierce. “I intend to do my best to live up to the legacy of past ODBA members such as Oliver Hill, Henry Marsh, Samuel Tucker, William T. Mason, Jr., and the other great African-American attorneys who paved the way for myself and my contemporaries to practice law in the Commonwealth.”

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

Vandeventer Black donates more than $150k to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

For the past 17 years, Vandeventer Black LLP has been a proud sponsor of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, raising more than $150,000 to benefit local communities. The firm has participated in the statewide food bank fundraising event, ‘Legal Food Frenzy,’ since its inception.

This year marks the 8th occasion in which Vandeventer Black wins the Large Firm (per capita) group. The firm raised a total of 328 pounds of food per person and over $15,300 for this year’s annual Legal Food Frenzy. These donations will provide 38,556 meals to families in need.

We are always determined to provide a helping hand to such an honorable organization like the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

The law firm was presented ‘The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award’ during the 2019 Legal Food Frenzy Awards Reception held at the Office of the Attorney General.

Vandeventer Black Expands Legal Services in North Carolina

Vandeventer Black LLP, a business and litigation law firm with an office located in Kitty Hawk, introduces a new residential real estate practice area to its services. The firm has over 28 years of experience providing a variety of legal services in the Outer Banks since 1991. Geoffrey G. Hemphill, Esq., will lead the residential real estate closings in the region.

“Geoff is the best fit to manage the firm’s new residential real estate portfolio. His charisma, as well as his ability to relate and understand the needs of current and future homeowners, provides him the necessary qualities to ensure the best legal advice and outcome,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Moreover, Geoff will continue to provide services related to estate planning, business transactions, tax matters, and nonprofit organizations in the OBX. “I look forward to serving the needs of the OBX community,” said Geoff.

The firm’s Kitty Hawk office currently offers the business community legal services that include construction, corporate & business, government contracts, environmental, ERISA & employee benefits, international business, litigation, maritime & admiralty, tax planning, and trust & estates.

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Jennifer L. Eaton Joins the Chesapeake Humane Society’s Board of Directors

Vandeventer Black attorney Jennifer L. Eaton recently became a member of the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Humane Society. The Chesapeake Humane Society works to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.

Having two lively dogs of my own, I welcome this opportunity to serve an organization that fosters the care and treatment of the very animals that enrich the lives of so many,” said Eaton.

In addition to this community activity, Jenny recently began her tenure on the disABILITY Law Center of Virginia’s Foundation Board. She also holds leadership roles in various professional organizations and coaches Special Olympics athletes in basketball, soccer, and track & field.

When not out in the community, Jenny 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.

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Vandeventer Black LLP Launches New Hemp and Cannabis Law Practice

Vandeventer Black LLP, a business and litigation law firm headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, launched a new Hemp and Medical Cannabis law practice. This practice will focus on helping businesses face the complex federal, state, and local laws governing the cultivation, processing, dispensing and sale of cannabis, cannabis-derived products, and hemp products.

“The rapid expansion of the medical cannabis industry, and recent increased hemp production in the United States, has created significant opportunities for new business ventures and investments,” said Anne G. Bibeau, partner of Vandeventer Black.

Businesses engaged in, or even considering, this highly-complex industry would be wise to seek legal counsel, due to the many challenges in this rapidly expanding industry. Hemp and cannabis businesses, like any other, need to be well-informed and prepared for all types of issues, including, banking and financing processes, licensure and certifications, cybersecurity threats, environmental regulations, construction, land use, real estate, tax, commercial transactions, and others.

“We have a team of experienced business and regulatory attorneys that can assist businesses in navigating these legal boundaries and achieve success in this rapidly expanding industry,” said Jonathan V. Gallo, an attorney with Vandeventer Black.

Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Gallo was part of the three-year effort that resulted in the implementation of the State of New Hampshire’s first therapeutic cannabis program, which continues in operation. This effort included the development of program regulations, the dispensary applications process, selection, and eventual licensing of four therapeutic cannabis dispensaries that are the first of their kind in the state.

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