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.

29 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as 2021 Legal Elite
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Twenty-nine Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2021 by Virginia Business magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition every year. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, ...
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28 Vandeventer Black LLP lawyers named to 2022 Best Lawyers® list
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that 28 lawyers were included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The Best Lawyers in America lists are divided by geographic region and practice areas. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. “We would ...
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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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Legal Counsel’s Two Cents on Community Association Budget Considerations
It is that time of year.  Summer vacations are in the books, schools are in session, and pumpkin spice lattes are back on tap.  These signs of Fall also mean many Virginia community associations are in budget season. Community association boards rely on their budget committees, management team, accountants, auditors, ...
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2021 Legislative Changes Impacting Virginia Community Associations
Updated June 4, 2021* July 1 means new laws become effective in Virginia.  The 2021 legislative session and special sessions were busy and resulted in sweeping changes—many of which impact Virginia community associations.  Of significance to property owners’ associations (“POAs”) and condominium associations are the following laws that become effective ...
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Community Associations Legal Alerts: Ending of Certain Public Health Restrictions Effective May 28, 2021
Effective May 28, 2021, certain public health restrictions that have been in place for well over a year will end.  Executive Order Number 79 (“EO79”) terminates the Seventh Amended Executive Order Number 72 and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine (“EO72”) on May 28, 2021.  EO79 can be found here ...
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