W. Thomas Chappell

Thomas helps his clients accomplish their goals and solve problems.  He is a member of the firms’ Business Practice Group.  While he has diverse experience in a variety of areas, his practice focuses on representing community associations and appellate advocacy. 

Advising and Representing Community Associations

Much of Thomas’s practice is devoted to assisting Virginia community associations by providing sound legal advice for their internal decision-making and representation in court for collections, covenants and rule enforcement and other litigation matters.  He regularly appears on behalf of community associations in courts throughout Hampton Roads.  Thomas frequently presents on diverse legal topics to community association industry groups.  He is actively involved in the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Community Association Institute, and is a member of Virginia’s state-wide Community Association Institute’s Legislative Action Committee, which advocates on behalf of community associations in the General Assembly.

Effective Appellate Advocate

Thomas also has an active appellate litigation practice and has been involved in cases before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He has successfully argued before the Virginia Court of Appeals.  Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Thomas served as a judicial law clerk for Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia and as an extern for Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Thomas takes pride in the quality and effectiveness of his brief-writing.

Strong Academic Credentials

Thomas attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in Government and Economics and received a B.A. (magna cum laude).  He attended the University of Richmond School of Law and earned a J.D. (magna cum laude).  He was a John Marshall Scholar, a member of the University of Richmond Law Review and named to the Order of the Coif and the McNeill Law Society.  He was also an executive board member of the law school’s Christian Law Fellowship.

In his free time

Outside of the office, Thomas plays basketball and volleyball in recreational leagues in the area.  He is an avid William & Mary sports fan.