Adam S. Rafal

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

Education
  • 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)
  • 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.

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Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
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Attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2021. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. The recognized attorneys are: Admiralty, Maritime & Transportation Edward J. Powers Arbitration ...
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28 Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
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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 ...
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