Christopher Ambrosio

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • B.A. (Echols Scholar), University of Virginia
  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Professional & Community Activities
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate
  • E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate at Old Dominion University
  • Virginia Bar Association/YMCA, Model Judiciary Program, Attorney Advisor
  • American Bar Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Notable® Peer Review Rating
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Business Organizations (2017-present); Real Estate Law (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” – Business Organizations (2018, 2023)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” – Business Law (2011-present); Real Estate and Land Use (2010, 2013, 2015); Young Lawyer (2008)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Business Law (2016-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2008-11)
Chris is a partner and is manager of the firm’s Business Law and Banking & Financial Services Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in transactional matters, including the acquisition, development, financing, sale, and leasing of commercial and municipal property, including shopping centers, office buildings, mixed use projects, industrial and waterfront property, as well as residential developments.

Chris represents developers, investors, lenders, landlords, and tenants in a variety of commercial real estate transactions. He also represents small and medium-sized private businesses in mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

Chris advises business and governmental clients in organizational, transactional, and corporate matters, including negotiation, preparation, and review of operating and shareholder agreements and other corporate and governing documents, commercial contracts, and financing agreements.

Chris is recognized as a practical, business-minded lawyer who protects his clients’ interests without “over lawyering” transactions. He focuses on getting the deal done efficiently with the best possible result for his client.
Representative Matters
  • Assisted in representation of marine terminal operator in complex lease transaction valued at over $1 billion.
  • Represented manufacturing company in negotiation and documentation of $130 million asset-based working capital credit facility.
  • Represented a commodities company in refinancing of $125 million syndicated line of credit.
  • Represented municipality in bond and financing transactions totaling over $18 million for capital improvement projects and related matters.
  • Represented private real estate investment and management companies in the acquisition, financing, and disposition of shopping centers.
  • Represented preferred developer for national convenience store chain in acquisition and disposition of freestanding sites.
  • Represented physician group in preparation and review of contracts, corporate documents, and partnership agreements.
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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