Jennifer L. Eaton

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • B.S., University of Virginia
  • J.D., cum laude, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Judicial Clerkship
  • Norfolk Circuit Court
Professional & Community Activities
  • American Bar Association
  • Chesapeake Humane Society, Board Member
  • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Philanthropy Committee Member and Volunteer
  • James Kent American Inn of Court, Executive Board Member
  • Library Board for the City of Chesapeake, Board Member
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee (Chair, 2017-18); Continuing Legal Education Committee (Chair, 2019-20); Pro Bono Committee; Programs Committee
  • Special Olympics Virginia, Volunteer Coach
  • Special Olympics Area 2- Board Member, Secretary
  • Virginia Bar Association, Pro Bono Council Member
  • Legal Aid Society of Southeastern Virginia, Board Member
Notable Accomplishments
  • Taylor Reveley Award (2019) from The College of William & Mary
  • LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 2019
  • NPBA Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award (2018)
  • Special Olympics Virginia Area 2 Volunteer of the Year (2017)
  • CoVaBIZ Millennial on the Move (2017)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017- present)
  • Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite-Young Lawyers Under 40 (2017-present)

Jenny is a trial attorney who represents businesses—including many in the maritime and transportation industries—in state and federal courts across the Commonwealth. Her representations range from contractual disputes to personal injury defense. Along with her team in the Litigation Practice Group, she also serves as local counsel for matters litigated in the Norfolk and Newport News divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Having clerked at the trial-court level, Jenny has a unique understanding of the inner workings of court administration and an appreciation for approaching problems with judicial considerations in mind. Having tried cases in state and federal courts, she also understands the often-underappreciated importance of oral advocacy and has the experience to effectively advocate for her clients at the most sensitive times in a litigation.

Some of her career highlights include:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict for maritime employer in federal court trial brought by a former employee alleging negligence and having the defense verdict affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • Prevailing on dispositive motion to dismiss premises liability case against facility owner.
  • Briefing, arguing, and obtaining partial summary judgment for an employer limiting its liability for the tortious actions of its employee.
  • Prevailing on dispositive motion to dismiss landlord from million-dollar lawsuit based on lack of duty owed to plaintiff.
  • Serving as part of a local counsel legal team for patent clients in a multi-week federal court jury trial.
  • Serving as part of local counsel legal team for an AMLAW 100 firm and a generic pharmaceutical company in patent litigation.
  • Winning judgment for single parent against landlord for failure to provide an essential service in pro bono landlord-tenant trial.

Prior to attending law school, Jenny earned her B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Jenny received her J.D. (cum laude) from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary where she served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Women and the Law and as a Teaching Assistant for the Trial Advocacy Program. After law school, Jenny completed a one-year clerkship with the Norfolk Circuit Court.

Outside the courtroom, Jenny has leadership roles in legal organizations such as the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association and the James Kent American Inn of Court. To compliment her professional involvements, Jenny demonstrates her commitment to service by giving back to the community. She coaches Special Olympics athletes in basketball, soccer, and track & field. She also serves on the local Special Olympics Area 2 Board. In addition to her extensive involvement with Special Olympics, Jenny also gives back in various capacities to other organizations such as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia where she serves on the Philanthropy Committee and the Chesapeake Humane Society where she serves on its Board.

In 2018, Jenny received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s prestigious Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award in recognition of her past and ongoing service to the community. And in 2019, Jenny was honored by her alma mater as the Taylor Reveley Award recipient in recognition of her service, leadership, and qualities as a citizen lawyer. Jenny is also a longtime Virginia resident.

Jennifer L. Eaton Named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
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Vandeventer Black LLP associate, Jennifer L. Eaton was announced as part of the 2020 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” The “Up & Coming Lawyer” recognition is awarded to lawyers across the commonwealth, making their mark within their first ten years of practice. Jennifer Eaton received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar ...
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Vandeventer Black’s Eaton Joins The Board of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
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Vandeventer Black attorney Jennifer L. Eaton recently became a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. The Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia serves as an invaluable resource to Hampton Roads’ low-income residents by providing representation in civil litigation matters spanning topics such ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’
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Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that six attorneys are among the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. The Rising Star designation is given to the top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40-years-old or younger, or who have been practicing for ten years or less. The selected attorneys are: Jennifer ...
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EMPLOYERS BEWARE: Unpaid Officers and Directors may count as employees under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”) has consistently held that the members of a board of directors of a corporation are counted as employees under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Act”) whether they are salaried or not.1 The treatment of unpaid directors as employees is important to note ...
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Protecting Your Business’s Reputation on the Internet
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Authored by Jennifer L. Eaton The internet is a helpful resource to promote your business, but it can also be a way for unsatisfied customers, disgruntled former employees, fake reviewers, and competitors to tarnish your business reputation. In order to reduce the impact of these online attacks there are certain steps ...
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Proposed Rule on the Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts in Government Contracting
Authored by Summer Clerk, Jenny Eaton On May 16, 2013 the Department of Defense (“DoD’) released a proposed rule to modify the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”). This proposed rule relates to the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts. The purpose of the rule is to hold contractors ...
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