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Anne G. Bibeau

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

Education
  • B.A., College of William & Mary
  • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • U.S. District Court for E.D. Va., W.D. Va., D.C., Neb., Wisc.
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for E.D. Va.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, and Fed. Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
Professional & Community Activities
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court
  • Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management, Past President
  • Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association
  • Eastern Shore Chapel, Parish Chancellor
  • Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Vice Chancellor
  • American Arbitration Association – Panel Member, Employment Law Arbitration
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
  • City of Norfolk Grievance Panel
  • Propeller Club Port of Norfolk, Board of Governors
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 2012
    Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2010-12)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite”– Labor/Employment (2010, 2013-present)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law-Management (2018-present)
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Employment Law-Management (2022)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Civil Litigation (2017-present) Labor & Employment (2019-present)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2009-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, Virginia “Super Lawyers” (2019); Rising Star” (2010-2012)
  • “Virginia Living’s Women in the Law” (2017-present)
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, “Influential Women of Law,” Class of 2020
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Virginia’s Go To Lawyer,” Employment Law (2021)

Anne Graham Bibeau is the firm’s Labor & Employment and Cannabis Law Practice Group Manager. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation, tax litigation, and the emerging cannabis industry. She advises clients on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), discrimination and harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability law, labor relations, employment agreements, and other labor and employment matters, and conducts workplace investigations. She is an experienced litigator. She also serves as an arbitrator and mediator and is an American Arbitration Association (AAA) Employment Law Arbitrator. Anne regularly represents clients in various industries, including federal contractors, construction, maritime, and higher education.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
As an advocate, Anne represents clients in arbitrations and mediations involving employment, labor, and commercial disputes. She also serves as a neutral in arbitrations and mediations in employment, commercial, and consumer cases. She is on the AAA’s Employment Law Panel as an arbitrator.

EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR
Anne frequently appears in federal and state courts representing clients in employment, labor, commercial, tax, and other disputes. Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Anne was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, where she litigated civil tax cases nationwide.

PREVENTATIVE APPROACH TO EMPLOYMENT LAW
Anne has been advising clients on labor and employment law matters for more than twenty years. She works closely with clients to guide employment decisions to minimize risk. She drafts employment agreements, including agreements for executives, noncompete agreements, arbitration agreements, and severance agreements. She advises clients on managing employee leave issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and FMLA. She assists clients in properly classifying independent contractors and FLSA exempt employees and other wage and hour issues.

Even with the most careful preparation, workplace claims will arise from time to time. Anne is skilled in litigation in federal and state court and an experienced advocate in arbitrations. She routinely represents clients in Title VII, ADA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other employment law cases, including FLSA collective actions. She advocates for clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and other administrative agencies.She routinely represents clients in Title VII, ADA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other employment law cases, including FLSA collective actions. She advocates for clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and other administrative agencies.

Early in her career, Anne worked for the U.S. Postal Service Law Department, where she litigated labor and employment law cases, handled labor disputes, and trained and advised management on preventative human resources strategies.

FEDERAL CONTRACTOR COMPLIANCE
Anne drafts affirmative action plans (AAPs) and guides clients in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance. She is well-versed in the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis Bacon Act (DBA) rules regarding employee wages. She represents clients in DOL and OFCCP audits.

LABOR LAW
Anne represents management in union avoidance, union elections, collective bargaining, and unfair labor practice charges. She also advocates for management in labor arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

KNOWLEDGEABLE ON DEVELOPING CANNABIS LAW
Anne advises businesses on the rapidly changing laws and regulations regarding the nascent cannabis industry in Virginia. Together with Jonathan Gallo, she heads up the firm’s Cannabis practice.

BACK HOME
Anne grew up in Virginia Beach and received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William & Mary. After ten years working in big cities (Washington and New York), in 2007 she returned to the beach and joined Vandeventer Black, where she had clerked as a law student.

Representative Matters
  • Won a jury trial in a multi-party suit involving claims of business conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, and other business torts
  • Won a jury trial in a tax refund suit involving the trust fund recovery penalty
  • Won a jury trial in a tax refund suit involving a federal excise tax
  • Won summary judgment in insurance coverage case
  • Won summary judgment in an estate tax case
  • Won demurrer in a multi-party suit involving business tort claims between multiple federal contractors
  • Won an arbitration involving age and disability discrimination claims
  • Won an arbitration involving education disability discrimination claims
  • Won several labor arbitrations involving employee discharges
News
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
/ Firm News
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
/ Firm News
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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Cleaning Up Its Mess – the Virginia Assembly Ditches Virginia’s Overtime Wage Act
/ Labor & Employment
Well, that was fun! Last year, on July 1, 2021, the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (VOWA) went into effect, causing significant headaches for Virginia employers because it differed starkly from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on a number of key points. Employers were left reeling as they tried ...
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New Federal Law Ends Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Assault Claims
This month, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, limiting the use of mandatory employment arbitration agreements. Until now, under the Federal Arbitration Act, employers, by use of valid arbitration agreements, could require employees to submit most claims against ...
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New Certification Requirement for Federal Contractors
Beginning this year, federal supply and service contractors and subcontractors will be required to certify that they have developed and maintained an affirmative action program (AAP) for each establishment. Previously, while most federal contractors have been required to have an AAP, they did not have to show that they met ...
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