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 & Appellate Law (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.

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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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2022 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 2022. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. “We feel very proud of our legal team accomplishments for the high ...
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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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