Daniel L. Stephens

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • B.A., Regent University
  • J.D., Regent University School of Law
Notable Accomplishments
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award

Daniel Stephens is an Associate at Vandeventer Black and serves an array of clients in both business transactional and litigation matters as part of the firm’s Business Practice Group.

Business Transactions and Litigation

Daniel has assisted in coordinated closings of multimillion-dollar real estate sales and acquisitions of multi-family residential, industrial, and office building properties. He also structures business formation, financing, and equity raises necessary for clients to facilitate these real estate purchases.

Daniel regularly also assists clients with business formation and governance matters outside of the realm of real estate, including the drafting and negotiating of organizational documents and transfer documentation for stock and membership interests.

Daniel has also assisted clients in a range of business litigation matters, including disputes among business owners, derivative suits, and employment matters.  His experience in both business transactional matters and litigation matters, as an attorney and previously as a law clerk to local circuit court judges, gives him a unique perspective in his approach to both fields of practice.  This varied experience helps him both identify and evaluate risk in negotiating transactions and interpreting agreements subject to litigation. 

Education and Experience

Daniel joined the firm after completing the firm’s summer associate program in the summer of 2018.

Daniel has had the opportunity to work with numerous judges both during and after law school. Upon graduating, Daniel served as the judicial law clerk for Judges Steven C. Frucci, Stephen C. Mahan, and H. Thomas Padrick of the Virginia Beach Circuit Court. Through this clerkship, Daniel gained extensive Virginia civil litigation experience in a range of fields. During law school, he was a judicial intern for federal Judge Mark S. Davis of the Eastern District of Virginia and for David W. Lannetti of the Norfolk Circuit Court.

Daniel received his J.D. from Regent University School of Law, graduating first in his class. During law school, he served as the Lead Managing Editor of the Regent University Law Review. Prior to law school, he earned his B.A. in Government (summa cum laude) from Regent University.

Daniel has been a life-long resident of Virginia Beach and is passionate about serving the Hampton Roads community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, reading about cooking, and spending time with his wife and young son Remy.

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Secure Pro Bono Trial Victory Against Landlord for Failing to Fix Heat for 45 Days
/ Firm News, Pro Bono
In furtherance of the firm’s commitment to pro bono service, Vandeventer Black Attorneys Jennifer Eaton and Daniel Stephens took on a pro bono representation against a landlord who—in the cold winter months—left tenant and tenant’s family without heat for 45 days. The pair took the matter to trial and secured ...
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Vandeventer Black Continues to Grow
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Law Firm Announces New Hire and Career Opportunities Available Daniel L. Stephens, a graduate from Regent University School of Law, has joined Vandeventer Black as an attorney in the firm’s Business Practice Group and will be assisting clients out of their Norfolk office. Stephens began his legal career as part ...
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Lis Pendens and Arbitration – Avoiding an Either-Or Dilemma
The filing of a Lis pendens is a vital tool for protecting a party’s rights in enforcing a purchase and sale agreement for real estate, but if the claim at issue falls within a mandatory arbitration clause, the party may not have the right to file a lis pendens. A ...
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“I Demand a Jury”: No Turning Back
/ Litigation
At the beginning of most cases filed in state court, litigants must make up their mind whether they want to exercise their right to a jury trial.  This decision requires consideration of multiple factors such as: What kind of case is it?  Are the issues complex?  Is a jury likely ...
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Make It Stop: What A Court Can And Can’t Order A Defamation Defendant To Stop Saying
/ Corporate & Business
A defamatory statement or publication can cause serious damage to a person’s business or professional reputation. Monetary damages are always available to the victim of defamation, but in some cases, damages do not fit a client’s situation or needs. For example, in many circumstances, the person making the defamatory statements ...
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