Edward J. Powers

  • B.A., History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • B.A., Political Science/International Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board of Directors (2011-14); Committee on Practice & Procedure, Chair (2011-15); Subcommittee On Maritime Liens & Mortgages, Chair (2001-11); Nominating Committee (2015-19); Officer (2020)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Virginia Maritime Association
  • Virginia Railroad Association
  • American Maritime Cases, Associate Editor
  • American Bar Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • International Who’s Who of Maritime Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Admiralty and Maritime Law (2008-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Admiralty and Maritime Law (2014, 2018, 2019)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite”
  • Thompson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2010-present)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Aviation, Maritime and Transportation Law (2016-present); Personal Injury (2021-present)

Ed is a partner with Vandeventer Black and a past member of the Firm’s Executive Board.  He concentrates his practice in transportation law with a focus on the representation of ship owners, charterers, and their underwriters, including domestic and international insurance companies and P&I Clubs. Ed also has significant experience in railroad casualty litigation, having represented one of the largest Class I railroads in North America.

After receiving two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ed received a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review.  Upon graduation from law school, Ed spent a year as a law clerk for a United States District Judge in Norfolk, Virginia, before joining Vandeventer Black.

A seasoned litigator with experience in international arbitration and litigation, Ed has represented clients throughout the United States in courts and arbitration tribunals on a broad spectrum of matters, including maritime collisions, personal injury defense, cargo claims, maritime liens, and contract disputes.  He has participated in numerous casualty and port state control investigations ranging from pollution incidents to occupational safety issues.

Ed is licensed by the Bars of New York, North Carolina Virginia, and Washington D.C.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Ed is active in many professional organizations, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States, for which he served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Virginia Maritime Association, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.  He also serves as an associate editor for American Maritime Cases. 

Ed is a multiple recipient of Best Lawyers in America® “Norfolk Lawyer of the Year” for Admiralty and Maritime Law, and he is recognized in Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” and the International Who’s Who of Maritime Lawyers.

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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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