F. Nash Bilisoly

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • B.A., College of William & Mary
  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
Professional & Community Activities
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States – Stevedores, Marine Terminals & Vessel Services Committee, Chair
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute – National Advisory Board
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Hermitage Foundation Museum, Board of Directors
  • Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Chairman
  • Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction, Norfolk (2014)
  • Hampton Roads Maritime Association
  • The Propeller Club, Port of Hampton Roads
  • American Bar Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” – Appellate Law (2006-present)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2011-present)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” Workers’ Compensation (2019-present)

Nash Bilisoly has been a partner with Vandeventer Black since 1985 and concentrates his law practice in maritime and employment related matters, primarily representing shipyards, terminals and vessels. His practice focuses on insurance and employment issues including Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Defense, Coverage and Legislative initiatives.

Nash works with risk managers, human resource professionals and executives on preventive strategies and, if necessary, litigation. He has litigated numerous matters before administrative agencies, all state courts including the Supreme Court of Virginia, federal district courts and courts of appeal and, in 2002, the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has directed several legislative initiatives in the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of Maritime Employers.

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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Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
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Attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2021. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. The recognized attorneys are: Admiralty, Maritime & Transportation Edward J. Powers Arbitration ...
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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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COVID-19 And The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
While many states, including Virginia, have issued stay at home orders to help reduce the number of persons infected with COVID-19, most ship builders, ship repairmen, terminal and harbor workers are essential employees and must work despite the risk of catching and/or spreading the disease. It is not hard to ...
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Situs of Injury under the Longshore Act
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Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), a worker injured over water clearly falls under the Act, no matter his occupation. If the individual is injured on land, he is covered only if his occupation is “maritime” in nature and does not work too far away from the ...
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Who do you think is a Longshoreman?
THE SEARCH BEGINS: THE IMPACT OF PRIOR LEGISLATION, LEGAL DECISIONS AND DOL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE ACT The Impact of Prior Legislation, Legal Decisions and DOL Interpretations of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Presented by F. Nash Bilisoly of Vandeventer Black, LLP Personal injury recovery in maritime law is inseparably ...
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