Deborah M. Casey

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • 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
  • Virginia State Bar Real Estate Section, Common Interest Community Subcommittee
  • 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, Past Board Member, Personnel Committee Chair and Membership Committee
  • Virginia State Bar Real Estate Section, Common Interest Community Subcommittee
Notable Accomplishments
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale- Hubbell® Law Directory
  • Best Lawyers in America® – Community Association Law (2017-present)
  • SEVA-CAI Author of the Year (2020)
  • 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 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.

Deborah M. Casey Selected as a 2022 Leader in the Law Honoree
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Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Vice-Chair and Principal, Deborah M. Casey, has been named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW) for 2022. Attorneys receive this distinction by demonstrating a commitment to their profession by lobbying for changes in the law, impacting Virginia’s justice system, and their community ...
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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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Shining a Light on Executive Session
Let the sunshine in.  I am not talking about the popular 1969 song by The 5th Dimension.  I am referring to the statutes governing Virginia community associations that require all meetings of a board of directors, including any subcommittee or other committee of the board of directors, where the business ...
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So You Joined the Board…Now What? Check Out Tips from An Attorney
PAGE 23… CAI National’s Community Association Law Seminar was back live and in-person at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California from February 9th through 12th. We were more than happy to attend the “live and in-person” portion of the Law Seminar, especially since the weather in ...
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Don’t Be Dazed and Confused
Legalization of Marijuana and Possible Impact on Virginia Community Associations Massive legislation legalizing marijuana in Virginia became law July 1, 2021 ...
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