Vandeventer Black and Woods Rogers to Merge, Forming Virginia-Based Powerhouse Law Firm

Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

Education
  • B.A. (summa cum laude) Industrial Organizational Psychology, DePaul University 
  • J.D., William & Mary Law School 
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • United States District Court 
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia 
  • Virginia Supreme Court
Professional & Community Activities
  • Virginia Bar Association – Real Property Section – Area Representative 
  • Virginia Creditors’ Bar Association 
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association 
  • Historic Virginia Land Conservancy – Board Counsel 
Notable Accomplishments
  • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Real Estate/Land Use (2021)

Vanessa is a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group and has over a decade of experience advising clients on a broad spectrum of matters, including Commercial Real Estate, Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy & Collections, Community Associations, and Banking & Finance. 

SEASONED HAMPTON ROADS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY 

Vanessa’s ample experience in the real estate and title insurance industry allows her to draw on an immense body of knowledge and skills that will aid in any commercial transaction. Vanessa has represented lenders, purchasers, owners, and sellers alike, treating each client to her vast proficiency and understanding of all aspects of the real estate closing.  She coordinated the closings of many diverse types of properties, including acquisition and development deals, golf courses, hospital and surgical centers, office buildings, industrial lots, and many more. 

Vanessa’s keen attention to detail has allowed her to identify and resolve discrepancies or weak legal descriptions within real estate titles, preventing her clients from facing further issues. 

Vanessa endeavors to provide clients with a smooth closing experience by anticipating potential pitfalls early in the process and producing creative solutions to any issue.  

EXTENSIVE BANKING AND COMMERCIAL FINANCE ACUMEN 

Vanessa represented banks in drafting both complex and straightforward loan documents for use in many different commercial transactions. Her unique point of view allows her to advise clients on the importance of specific loan terms for the uncertain future.  Vanessa ensures that her clients are protected should a borrower fall into default under the loan terms. 

HELPING SERVE THE NEEDS OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS 

Vanessa is adept in collections and foreclosure law. She helps community boards and managers prepare community association liens for unpaid assessments and provides strategic guidance to guide associations through the foreclosure process (both judicial and non-judicial).  

PROTECTING CREDITORS’ RIGHTS IN BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS & DEBT COLLECTION 

Vanessa has seven years of experience in the Collections field and is active in several Creditors’ Rights associations. She also helps landlords in understanding the eviction process and, specifically, advises how the eviction process has evolved over time in a complex and ever-changing legal climate. 

Vanessa possesses a unique perspective on default and breach of contract and has extensive contacts within the debt collection, commercial, and title insurance spheres. She relishes the opportunity to share valuable industry and jurisdictional insight with her clients. 

EDUCATION 

Vanessa graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and earned her J.D. from William & Mary Law School. During law school, Vanessa served as an intern for the retired Chief Judge Walter S. Felton Jr. of the Virginia Court of Appeals. 

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Attorney Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter Joins Vandeventer Black
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter to the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group as an Of Counsel. “We are excited to welcome Vanessa to our legal team,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “Her knowledge and years of experience in the commercial ...
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