Month: October 2019

Vandeventer Black’s Summer Associate Returns for Employment

Daniel Salmon, a recent J.D. graduate from the Washington University in St. Louis, has joined Vandeventer Black as an attorney in the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group and will be assisting clients out of their Norfolk office. Salmon began his legal career as part of the firm’s Summer Associate Program in 2018.

“I am honored and excited to join Vandeventer Black not only for the professional experience that I am already gaining from the firm but also for the opportunity to be a part of the culture that the firm has created,” said Salmon.  “With respect to practical experience, the firm has hundreds of years of legal experience on hand, willing to mentor young associates.  In addition to professional development, I have gotten to know the people that make up the firm, outside of the work environment.  Vandeventer Black has a great mix of opportunities to do so, like planned social events, firm-sponsored community service events, and an informal weekly gathering of many of the firm’s attorneys.  Even during interviews, Vandeventer Black stood out to me because I felt that the firm was truly looking at me as a prospective long-term member of its community, rather than simply viewing me as another cog in the billable machine.”

During law school, Daniel completed the InSITE Fellowship, where he worked on several interdisciplinary teams that provided consulting services to early-stage start-up companies. Prior to attending law school, Salmon received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.  Afterward, he spent four years with the Department of Defense as a civilian Systems Engineer, where he performed test engineer functions onboard U.S. Navy submarines and contributed to software development efforts to support non-propulsion electronic systems upgrades during shipyard availabilities. While with the DoD, Daniel completed his MBA at the College of William & Mary.

“Our firm is continuing to grow, and part of our growth strategy is providing up-and-coming lawyers the opportunity to formally join our firm as practicing attorneys once they pass the bar,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “The success of our Summer Associate program is evident by the significant number of our attorneys who began their legal careers at Vandeventer Black.”

Vandeventer Black has a strong emphasis on talent acquisition and expanding its already diverse legal services. The firm has recruited four new attorneys within the last two months to join their growing Business, Medical Malpractice, Commercial Real Estate, and now their Construction and Government Contracts Practice Groups.

Vandeventer Black’s James R. Harvey Receives Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Vandeventer Black attorney, James “Jim” R. Harvey, 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 by his/her peers, including members of the bar and the judiciary.

“I am humbled by the recognition provided by my peers and value the relationships I have in the community,” said Harvey.

Harvey is an award-winning attorney and a recipient of the Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law, Virginia Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters, Hampton Roads’ Top 40 Under 40 by Inside Business, Top Lawyers by Coastal Virginia Magazine, and the NPBA Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award.

Harvey is a partner with Vandeventer Black and is located in their Norfolk office. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Board and has a wide range of experience in constructionsuretygovernment contractsland use, defective products, professional liability, and business disputes.

Harvey serves as the Chair of the Norfolk Board of Zoning Appeals, is the past-president of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association as well as its foundation, and a past chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Construction and Public Contracts Section.  He also serves as legal counsel to the Tidewater District of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and is active in numerous trade organizations in the construction industry.

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Vandeventer Black Gears Up for its 2nd Mid-Atlantic Capital Sources Forum in Norfolk

Last year, Vandeventer Black launched the Mid-Atlantic Capital Sources (MACS) Forum where over 100 business owners, investors, CEOs, CFOs, and other professionals gathered insights on the various types of capital sources available in the marketplace to growing companies. Due to the success of this event, the second edition will be taking place on November 6, 2019, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk.

The MACS Forum is a unique opportunity for business owners, private investors, and professionals to acquire valuable insight on topics such as the current business climate and financial environment, non-traditional lending, how and when to sell a company, utilizing equity wisely, valuation of a company, among others. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Anil Nair, Ph.D., Professor & Chair of the Department of Management, The Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University
  • Clint Minarik, Senior Vice President, Dollar Bank
  • Nicholas C. Zagotta, General Partner, Jackson Lending, L.P.
  • David R. Stephens, President & Founder, Legacy Business Advisors
  • David Siegel, CPA, Director, Transaction Advisory Services Group, Cherry Bekaert LLP
  • John Richards, Managing Director, Berkadia – a Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group Company
  • Scott Upton, Managing Director, ICG Capital Securities, LLC
  • Tracy Gregorio, Partner, G2 Ops, Inc.

Chris Topping of 504 Capital Corporation will act as Moderator. In addition, the Managing Partner of Vandeventer Black LLP, Michael L. Sterling, will be presenting the Vandeventer Black Award for Excellence in Business Strategy to Tracy Gregorio, recognizing her innovative business thinking and successful execution. The Forum is supported by Legacy Business Advisors, 504 Capital Corporation, Cherry Bekaert LLP, Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, and Virginia Community Capital. For more information and to register, please visit

About Vandeventer Black LLP

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883 that is dedicated to responsiveness and results while delivering internationally recognized legal solutions. Headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, its accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany.

About MACS Forum

The Mid-Atlantic Capital Sources Forum (MACS Forum) provides a venue for the much-needed dialogue between companies and capital sources about the great opportunities available in this region. Rather than a typical investor conference where companies give pitches, the Forum features speakers representing various capital sources. Originated by Vandeventer Black LLP, the MACS Forum provides leading information on how to find and use capital for growth, value creation, investment criteria, transaction structures, and investment climate.


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