Month: May 2020

Vandeventer Black Edward J. Powers Elected as an Officer for The Maritime Law Association of the United States

Vandeventer Black LLP partner, Edward J. Powers, has been elected to serve as an officer for The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). The MLA was founded in 1899 with the objectives of advancing reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States, facilitating justice in its administration, promoting uniformity in its enactment and interpretation, and furnishing a forum for the discussion and consideration of problems affecting the Maritime Law and its administration. 

Vandeventer Black has a rich history with the MLA. The Firm’s partners have held positions on the Board of Directors for more than a century, including Floyd Hughes (1918-1923), Braden Vandeventer, Sr. (1935-1936); Hugh Meredith (1967-1970), Braden Vandeventer, Jr. (1976-1979); Mort Clark (1984-1987), Bill Birkhead (194-1997), Geoff Birkhead (1999-2002), John Ryan (2005-2008), and Mark Coberly (2017-2020). 

“It is a great honor for me. I consider myself fortunate to have spent my career at a firm that allowed me the opportunity to be an active member of the MLA and rise through its ranks,” said Powers, who previously served as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors.  Ed is a past member of the Firm’s Executive Board.  He concentrates his practice in transportation law with a focus on the representation of ship owners, charterers, and their underwriters including domestic and international insurance companies and P&I Clubs.  Ed also represented one of the largest Class I railroads in North America.

Ed is active in many professional organizations including the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Virginia Maritime Association, the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and he  serves as an Associate Editor for American Maritime Cases.  Ed is a multiple recipient of Best Lawyers in America,® “Norfolk Lawyer of the Year” for Admiralty and Maritime Law. He is recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as a “Legal Elite” and by the International Who’s Who of Maritime Lawyers.

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that six attorneys are among the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. The Rising Star designation is given to the top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40-years-old or younger, or who have been practicing for ten years or less. The selected attorneys are:


  • Jennifer L. Eaton- Civil Litigation Defense
  • Ashley G. Moss- Professional Liability Defense
  • Dustin M. Paul- Civil Litigation Defense
  • Michael D. Pierce- Labor & Employment
  • James B. Rixey, III- Business Corporate


Other awarding bodies have also recognized some of the Vandeventer Black’s ‘Rising Stars,’ such as CoVaBIZ Millennial On The Move, Virginia Business “Legal Elite” and “Legal Elite-Young Lawyers under 40,” and Coastal Virginia “Top Lawyers,” among others.

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected for the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers List

Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition.

Attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment:


  • Anne G. Bibeau, Employment & Labor
  • Deborah M. Casey, Real Estate
  • Mark T. Coberly, Transportation / Maritime
  • William E. Franczek, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Patrick A. Genzler, Surety
  • James R. Harvey III, Surety
  • Patrick W. Herman, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Ray W. King, Real Estate
  • Neil S. Lowenstein, Construction Litigation
  • Richard H. Ottinger, Civil Litigation-Defense
  • Douglas M. Palais, Securities Litigation
  • Edward J. Powers, Transportation / Maritime
  • Michael L. Sterling, Government Contracts
  • Daniel R. Weckstein, Construction Litigation


Other awarding bodies have recognized Vandeventer Black’s legal team, such as Virginia’s Business Magazine Legal Elite and Rising Stars; Best Lawyers™ The Best Lawyers in America and Lawyers of the Year, Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, and Chambers USA Guide Best Lawyers in the Virginia Construction Industry, among others.

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