Adam S. Rafal

Adam S. Rafal

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • B.S., Vanderbilt University
  • J.D.,  Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Professional & Community Activities
  • Virginia Bar Association – Section on Workers’ Compensation
  • American Bar Association – Section on Workers’ Compensation
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association – Section on Workers’ Compensation
  • Virginia State Bar Association – Section on Workers’ Compensation
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys – Section on Workers’ Compensation
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers (2015-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers (2023)
  • Virginia Business “Legal Elite”: Labor & Employment Law (2008, 2013)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers ” – Workers’ Compensation (2016-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2008-09)

Adam is a partner with Vandeventer Black in the firm’s Norfolk office and concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense and Labor & Employment Law. He primarily works with insurance carriers and self-insured employers defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

He has litigated multiple claims before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, Court of Appeals, Department of Labor and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Adam also works with risk managers, human resource professionals and executives on preventive strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on Workers’ Compensation issues. Some of Adam’s notable engagements include representing some of the region’s largest insurance carriers, mutual associations and third party administrators.

Adam is admitted to practice in Virginia, the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Virginia and American Bar Associations (Labor & Employment and Workers’ Compensation Sections), as well as the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He is past Chair of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Section and served a three year term on the organization’s Board of Directors as the Tidewater Regional Director. Adam is actively involved in firm management.

WRVB Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Roanoke and Norfolk
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When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, it was a natural fit for two prestigious Virginia firms. From the beginning, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “Mutual respect, cooperation, community leadership, and an unwavering dedication to client service are deeply rooted traits our firms have ...
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Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Attorneys Make Major Showing in Best Lawyers in America
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When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, the combined strength of the two prestigious law firms created a regional powerhouse. When announcing the firms’ intent to merge, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “[We] look forward to bringing our collective talent and a ...
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Attorneys Selected for the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers List
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Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters. This rating service considers attorneys from over 70 practice areas nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment: Christopher Ambrosio, ...
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