Deborah M. Casey

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

Education
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • B.A. (cum laude), Emory University
  • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • All federal courts in Virginia
  • Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional & Community Activities
  • Vandeventer Black LLP, Executive Board Member
  • College of Community Association Lawyers, Fellow
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, Past President; Speakers Bureau
  • Community Associations Institute, Virginia Legislative Action Committee (2004-14); Chair (2008-11)
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Women’s Cabinet (2013-present) (Executive Board 2017-present); Society of Professionals
  • Ohef Sholom Temple, Personnel Committee, Membership Committee, Past Board Member
Notable Accomplishments
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale- Hubbell® Law Directory
  • Best Lawyers in America® – Community Association Law
  • SEVA-CAI Author of the Year
  • Inaugural Class of Influential Women in Law by VLW, VSB, VBA, VADA, VTLA, ODBA, and VWAA (2019)
  • Thompson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers®” (2010-present)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2007-09, 2013, 2018-present)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Community Associations (2016)
  • Virginia Living Magazine, “Women in the Law” (2017-2018)
  • Influential Women of Virginia Award, Class of 2010
  • Women In Business Achievement Award (2005)
  • SEVA-CAI Hall of Fame Award (2004)
  • SEVA-CAI Distinguished Service Award (2002)
  • Top 40 Under 40 (2001)

Debbie is a Partner, Executive Board Member, and Chair of Vandeventer Black’s Community Associations team. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition to her many unprecedented accomplishments, she was the first and still is one of only a few lawyers in Southeastern Virginia admitted as a Fellow to CAI National’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”).

For more than three decades, Debbie has concentrated her practice in representing Virginia’s common interest communities providing exceptional legal counseling tailored to their needs. Her clients include a variety of condominium and property owners’ associations, as well as mixed use and planned communities. Her strategic guidance spans the broad spectrum of legal issues facing community associations, from transition to aging properties; drafting, amending and interpreting documents to enforcement of covenants and restrictions, litigation and mediation; defective construction to major repair projects; environmental and land use; finance and fund management to assessment collection, liens, foreclosures, and bankruptcy; insurance to management; fair housing, discrimination, regulatory and other compliance; operations and governance; and as general and corporate counsel, encompassing forward thinking, collaboration, and positive impact.

By staying current in the law, active in CAI and the larger community, Debbie understands the unique and multifaceted challenges presented daily, and in more unusual and complex circumstances, and delivers superior results. She leads the community association law practice with integrity, professionalism, and efficiency, being proactive, accessible, and responsive.

Debbie also has broad experience representing creditors and commercial property owners in leasing, contracts, bankruptcy, collections and dispute resolution. Her litigation experience yielded a great understanding of contracts that enables her to advance and protect the interests of businesses and property owners. This experience has sharpened her skills to draft contracts and resolve disputes that recognize business objectives, meet goals, maximize opportunity, and minimize risk.

News
14 Attorneys Selected for the 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers List
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14 Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment: ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2020 Legal Elite
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Thirty Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2020 by Virginia Business Magazine. Every year, the magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, ...
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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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Articles
Spring Cleaning For Virginia Community Associations Top 10 Policies and Procedures
The pandemic that took hold in 2020 created uncertainty and required community associations to adapt to new norms and its policies and procedures.  The country looked forward to a new year with new hope.  A new year usually brings resolutions.  With Spring around the corner and the vaccine rollout providing ...
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Virginia Circuit Court Upholds Rule Requiring Residents To Sign Assumption Of Risk Form As A Condition To Using Certain Common Areas During The Pandemic
A Charlottesville Circuit Court held that a rule promulgated by a Virginia property owners’ association requiring residents to sign an assumption of the risk form prior to using certain common areas was reasonable ...
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Court Upholds Mandatory Assumption Of COVID-19 Risk Form
A Virginia court has issued a ruling that’s welcome news to community associations struggling with how to keep owners happy while reducing the risk of COVID-19 ...
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