Year: 2019

Attorney Anne Bibeau Elected to the Propeller Club Board of Governors

Vandeventer Black LLP partner, Anne G. Bibeau, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club Port of Norfolk. Bibeau will serve on the Board until 2022.

“I’m excited to work with this dynamic group of industry leaders,” said Bibeau. “The Propeller Club is an important voice for the maritime industry.”

Bibeau’s professional activities include serving on the Board of Directors for Envision Lead Grow, the Board of Directors for TCC’s Educational Foundation, and the Executive Committee for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association. She is an active participant in the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law and the I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court. Ms. Bibeau also serves on the Virginia State Bar’s District Committee on Attorney Discipline.

Bibeau is the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Manager. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolutioncommercial litigationtax litigation, and the emerging hemp industry. She advises clients on the wage and hour issues, workplace discrimination and harassment, disability law, labor relations, and other labor and employment matters. In addition to her work as an advocate, Bibeau is a mediator and arbitrator and is on the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Law Arbitration Panel.

U.S. Coast Guard Veteran and Retired Law Enforcement Officer Joins Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that  T. Duggan O’Dea has joined  the firm’s Richmond office. Duggan will concentrate his practice on providing general business and corporate legal counsel as well as representation related to banking, finance, and commercial real estate.

“We are glad Duggan has joined  our firm. He is a great addition to our legal team as a corporate attorney and business law counselor,” said Mike Sterling, Managing Partner.

Duggan assists companies throughout the full lifecycle of operations from formation to new acquisitions and dissolution or sale, including employment-related issues. He enjoys helping businesses through complicated legal and regulatory schemes to achieve their goals.

Duggan is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and, in addition to his military service, is a retired law enforcement officer, having served as a deputy sheriff, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) special agent, and a master police officer.

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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

Several attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2020. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. The twenty-five recognized attorneys are:

Appellate Law

            Dustin M. Paul

Attorneys for Non-Profit

Anita O. Poston


William E. Franczek


Edward J. Powers

Banking and Financial

Bryant C. McGann


Christopher Ambrosio

Civil Litigation

Anne G. Bibeau

Commercial Litigation

            Richard H. Ottinger


James R. Harvey

Neil S. Lowenstein

Michael L. Sterling

 Government Administrative

Anthony J. Mazzeo

Daniel R. Weckstein

Intellectual Property Rights

Jonathan V. Gallo

International Law

Anthony J. Mazzeo

Labor and Employment

Anne G. Bibeau

Dean T. Buckius

Michael D. Pierce

Land Use

Patrick A. Genzler

Real Estate

Christopher Ambrosio

Richard J. Crouch


Geoffrey G. Hemphill

Patrick W. Herman

Will, Trusts, and Estates

Patrick W. Herman

Workers’ Compensation

Nash Bilisoly

Megan B. Caramore

Adam S. Rafal

Brian L. Sykes

Kimberley Herson Timms

            Previous recognitions for Vandeventer Black attorneys include Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, Virginia Business Legal Elite, and Virginia Super Lawyers, among others.

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Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2019 Legal Elite

Twenty-Two Vandeventer Black attorneys are being recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association every year to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are:

Previous recognitions for Vandeventer Black attorneys include Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, and Virginia Super Lawyers, among others. For more information, visit

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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Vandeventer Black to Hold 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Review and Update

Vandeventer Black’s Labor and Employment Law Group is pleased to host its 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, located at 777 Waterside Drive in Downtown Norfolk.

This program is designed for CEOs, managers, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals and will address trending workplace topics, such as workplace violence, employee discharge, cyber law in the workplace, workers’ compensation issues, and the developing law on medical cannabis and hemp, among other matters. The seminar is approved for 5 SHRM credits and 5.5 HRCI credits.

Vandeventer Black’s Labor & Employment Law team represents a variety of organizations and businesses in matters of labor and employment law and litigation, including discrimination claims, union avoidance, NLRB charges, wrongful discharge, breach of contract suits, trade secrets, unfair competition suits, wage and hour, employee benefits, workers’ compensation defense, and employee relations counseling and training.

Thomas Chappell Named Up & Coming Lawyer for 2019

Vandeventer Black LLP attorney W. Thomas Chappell was recently recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ of 2019. According to the publication, this award is given to attorneys with less than 10 years in their practice who are establishing “a name for themselves, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers,” allowing them to make a mark in their community and profession.

“Thomas is an exceptional associate that has provided exemplary service and great results for our firm’s clients,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Chappell’s practice focuses on general civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  His experience includes representing clients in cases involving trusts and estates, maritime issues, collections, and real estate.  Further, he has a strong background in appellate litigation at both the state and federal level through his experience as a former appellate law clerk and is frequently involved with the firm’s appellate work.

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Vandeventer Black Welcomes Tracy Taylor Hague to their Richmond Legal Team

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Taylor Hague to the firm’s Richmond office as Of Counsel.

“We are delighted to welcome Tracy to our firm. She has outstanding representative matters that demonstrate a substantial depth of knowledge and experience in her field,” Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Hague, an AV® Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, has taken hundreds of depositions and has traveled nationwide deposing and defending various experts in complex medical malpractice and other personal injury cases, forming relationships with many of the nation’s top medical doctors and other experts. She has tried multiple cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. Her practice includes the defense of professionals and general liability cases.

“I am excited to join Vandeventer Black’s office in Richmond.  The firm has well-established practices in my primary areas of expertise, medical malpractice, and general liability defense.  By joining this team, I am able to continue defending my current clients throughout the state,” said Hague.

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