Gaela R. Normile

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

Education
  • B.A. College of William & Mary
  • J.D. Penn State Law

Gaela is an Associate at Vandeventer Black where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. She joined the firm in 2020 after completing the firm’s summer associate program in 2019.

Gaela received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Penn State Law, where she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Penn State Law Review and was a legal extern for Penn State University’s Student Legal Services. Gaela is also a member of the Woolsack Honor Society.

Prior to attending law school, Gaela earned her B.A. from the College of William & Mary, where she majored in Government and minored in Sociology. Gaela was also a member of William and Mary’s women’s club soccer travel team during her four years.

Gaela is a longtime Virginia resident who was born and raised in Virginia Beach and attended Kellam High School.

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/ Labor & Employment
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule interpreting independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide clarity as to when a worker is an independent contractor, and not an employee, under the FLSA. If adopted, ...
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Virtually Impossible: Eleventh Circuit’s Denial of Non-Parties Attending Arbitration Hearings Via Video or Telephone
In the age of COVID, it is a rarity for hearings, oral arguments, client meetings, or any other legal proceeding to be held in-person. Instead, lawyers, judges, arbitrators, and all other legal figures are relying on their computers and telephones to keep the dockets moving. With the relative ease of ...
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Imagine walking into an AT&T store to sign up for a service plan and buy a new cellphone. Perhaps, you are excited to finally get your hands on the latest iPhone. At the same time your new phone is placed into one hand, a pen is placed into the other ...
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DOL Proposes New Rule Clarifying Independent Contractor Status
/ Labor & Employment
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule interpreting independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide clarity as to when a worker is an independent contractor, and not an employee, under the FLSA. If adopted, ...
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