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T. Duggan O’Dea

Office Location: Richmond, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., The College of William and Mary
    • J.D., (magna cum laude), T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond School
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Member, McNeill Law Society
    • Associate Manuscripts Editor for the Journal of Global Law and Business
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
    • Member, Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association
    • Member, Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Association (CGTLEA)
    • Fork Union Military Academy Alumni Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • CALI Awards for Excellence in Law Skills II and Criminal Procedure
    • Dean’s Highest Grade Award in Workers’ Compensation Law
    • Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers Scholarship Recipient
    • Carrico Center Pro Bono Certificate
    • Bloomberg Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law
    • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Young Lawyer (Under 40); (2020-present)

Every business requires a trusted attorney watching out for its best interests. Consider, then, the unique background of T. Duggan O’Dea: U.S Coast Guard veteran, deputy sheriff, ABC special agent, master police officer.

And today, backed by a decade in military and criminal law enforcement, Duggan has established a successful legal practice as a corporate attorney and business law counselor.

Duggan practiced corporate law with an emphasis on structured finance and securitization at a top “AMLAW 200” international firm. Today, his practice focuses on corporate governance and general business counsel, including real-estate matters and corporate-finance transactions. He assists companies throughout the full lifecycle of operations from formation to new acquisitions and dissolution or sale, and everything in between, including employment-related issues.

He enjoys helping businesses find their way through complicated legal and regulatory schemes to achieve their goals. Duggan is viewed by his clients as a dealmaker, and someone who understands the value of attention to detail, responsiveness to clients, and the importance of thorough drafting when it comes to corporate governance documents.

As a Richmond native, Duggan is also familiar with the Central Virginia market, its businesses and support resources and can often connect his clients to partners to help grow their companies.

Duggan is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and, in addition to his military service, is a retired law enforcement officer, serving as a deputy sheriff, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) special agent, and a master police officer. His law-enforcement experience offers a unique insight and understanding of our constitutional law and civil rights teams. Similarly, his experience as a special agent is invaluable to our hospitality clients facing ABC-related issues or questions. Duggan also has significant experience representing veterans before various administrative boards regarding veterans’ benefits and discharge upgrades.

He and his family live in Richmond, where he enjoys home improvement projects, the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

  • Representative Matters

    • Providing business counsel to new businesses
    • Serving as outside general counsel for closely-held businesses
    • Serving as both purchaser’s and seller’s counsel on a number of acquisitions in the healthcare, technology, hospitality, and commercial real estate fields
    • Advising clients on sales of closely-held businesses
    • Providing guidance to borrowers and lenders with respect to the financing of residential mortgage loans, servicing rights, and residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities.
    • Assisting financial institutions with respect to warehouse and repurchase agreements.
    • Representing servicers and lenders in connection with servicing portfolio acquisitions and the structuring of related servicer advance financing facilities
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George M. Nicholos

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University
    • Masters of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • J.D., Regent University
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • American Institute of Architects
    • American Institute of Architects, Hampton Roads Chapter – Past Board Member and President
    • Hampton Roads Green Building Council – Past Board Member and President
    • City of Chesapeake VA. Historic Preservation Commission,  Past Commissioner and Chairman
    • City of Chesapeake VA. Architectural Review Board, Past Commissioner 2007-2014
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Registered Architect – VA
    • Green Building Council Institute – LEED Green Associate

George focuses his practice on construction law, architectural and construction issues, public contracts, and community associations.  George’s 21 years of experience as a licensed architect includes a full-range of traditional architectural professional services including project management, fee preparation, fee negotiation, field data collection, direction of consultant engineers and coordination, project design, construction estimating, preparation of construction documents, specification writing, shop drawing review and construction administration for commercial, institutional, and residential project types.

George’s extensive experience as a building forensic architect includes the analysis of a broad range of building forensic issues including building/material defects, building systems/component failure, moisture intrusion, building code violations, roof failures, settlement damage, and accessibility issues.

George received his Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Masters of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from the School of Law at Regent University.  George is a member and past President of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a Member of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council.

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    Unintended Consequences With Modern Day Construction Documents – Typically, “The Devil is in the Details”
    / Construction
    Whether this well-known proverb is attributed to French Novelist Gustave Flaubert or Modernist Architect Mies van der Rohe, the meaning is likely the same; costly mistakes usually originate in the details of a project. Faced with shrinking design budgets, one of the first corners cut is usually the level of ...
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    To Indemnify, Hold Harmless and Defend; Frequently Used and Frequently Misunderstood Contract Terms – Let’s Review
    Contract terms addressing indemnity and requirements to hold another harmless or responsible for the defense of another are contract terms that appear in virtually all construction contracts.  Despite their almost universal incorporation, they are frequently misunderstood! Everyday business decisions are made, and contracts incorporating these terms are signed, yet these ...
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    Top 7 Sources Of Uncertainty In Building Design And Construction
    Recently the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Dodge Data & Analytics and other allied construction industry parties conducted research to identify the top sources of uncertainty in design and construction along with best practices for managing associated risk. And the top (7) are: Owner-driven changes: Instances where the owner’s ...
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Dustin T. Narcisse

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.S., American Military University
    • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Judicial Clerkship

    • 8th District Court of Appeals, Cleveland, OH
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Conference Children and the Law, Co-Chair
    • The Law and Leadership Institute, Instructor (2014-15)
    • United States Marine Corps (2004-present)
    • American Bar Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, “Workers’ Compensation Rising Star” (2021-present)

Dustin is an associate with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense. He works with insurance carriers and self-insured employers defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. He also represents the interests of employers in proceedings before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Dustin received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he served as a senior editor on the Canada-U.S. Law Journal and a managing editor for the War Crimes Prosecution Watch. While in law school, Dustin also served as a judicial extern in Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals and as a law clerk with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. After law school, Dustin represented the Commonwealth in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court as a post-graduate fellow with Hampton’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Prior to law school, Dustin earned his B.S. (with honors) in Legal Studies from American Military University while serving as an active duty member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently a co-chair for the VSB Young Lawyers Conference Children & the Law program. When not working, Dustin is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his son, Cassius.

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Ashley G. Moss

Office Location: Richmond, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. (with distinction) Psychology & Political Theory, University of Virginia
    • J.D. (magna cum laude), T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond School
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • District of Columbia
  • Courts & Administrative Bodies

    • USDC of Virginia – Western District and Eastern District
    • D.C. Superior Court and the USDC of DC
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • American Bar Association
    • Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Thomson Reuters, Virginia “Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2018-present)

    • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Administrative Government (2020-present)

Ashley is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP and has a multifaceted practice, concentrated in medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense, professional licensing, and professional liability defense.

She has developed a complex skill set over the course of her career.  Ashley has extensive experience defending doctors, nurses, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other health care entities/professionals in medical malpractice litigation in state and federal courts and also in regulatory board investigations and disciplinary matters. She likewise routinely represents transportation providers (buses, taxis, and both emergency and non-emergency carriers), architects, engineers, and accountants in a variety of contexts. Ashley has litigated personal injury lawsuits and professional negligence claims throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.  She has also cultivated a unique depth of expertise representing A/E professionals and accountants before professional boards, advising clients with obtaining and maintaining professional licenses, and assisting businesses and professionals with regulatory compliance.      

Ashley earned her J.D. (magna cum laude) from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where she received the Orrell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence, CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for receiving the highest grade in multiple subjects, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  While a student, Ashley was a member of the McNeill Law Society (an honorary academic society reserved for law students who are ranked in the top 10% of their law school class), the Moot Court Board, the Women’s Law Student Association, and the Virginia Bar Association. She served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the McNeill Law Society, the Symposium Chair for the University of Richmond Law School Council of the Virginia Bar Association, and an Associate and Manuscripts Editor with the University of Richmond’s Journal of Global Law and Business.

Ashley earned her B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Virginia where she double majored in Political Theory and Psychology. She was the president of the Virginia Themis Society, a member of the Psi-Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, and received the Psychology Research Excellence Award for her research related to the study of political psychology.

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    Make Sure You’re Covered: Report All Claims and Potential Claims
    Authored by attorney Ashley Moss Professional liability insurance carriers require their insureds to report claims timely as a condition to coverage.  This is especially important at the time for renewal of insurance coverage, when the carrier will ask about knowledge of any claims or potential claims.  Professionals typically fear that ...
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Bryant C. McGann

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. (summa cum laude), Hampden Sydney College
    • J.D., University of Virginia
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Church Attorney, Southern Diocese of Virginia, Episcopal Church
    • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hampton Roads Better Business Bureau
    • Member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia and American Bar Associations, as well as the Virginia State Bar (Bankruptcy and Real Property Sections) and the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
    • PRO and Race Committee Chairman, USODA Nationals and Atlantic Coast Championships
    • Volunteer, Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association
    • American Bar Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law (2021)
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2002-15)
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Banking and Finance Law (2011-present); Litigation – Banking and Finance (2011-present); Financial Services Regulation Law (2011-present); Commercial Finance Law (2013-present); Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law (2013-present); Project Finance Law (2013-present)
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2011-10)
    • Virginia Lawyers Media, “Leaders in the Law” (Class of 2014)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Banking and Financial Law (2016-present)
    • LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 1996

Bryant’s real estate and real estate finance experience include representation of buyers, sellers, and lenders in acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and financing of residential, commercial, industrial, waterfront industrial, environmentally impacted real estate, and riparian rights.

Corporate experience includes stock and asset-based transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, operating and shareholder agreements, bank and venture capital financing, and SBA and SDB transactions.

Bryant has represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in the acquisition, chartering, and financing of pleasure and commercial vessels. His experience includes Jones Act qualification.

His creditor’s rights experience includes commercial loan workouts, forbearance agreements, real estate and UCC foreclosure sales, disposition of REO, and participation agreements. He has represented both debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

In the area of marine terminal law, Bryant has represented terminal operators in connection with service agreements with ocean carriers, Shipping Act anti-trust exemptions and FMC compliance, tax issues, and chassis pool architecture, agreements, and insurance.

  • News

    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
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    Twenty-two attorneys from Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm Vandeventer Black have been awarded Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers of 2017-2018 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. Candidates for this award are selected by their peers and nominated for exemplifying excellence in their specialty. The lawyers being recognized are: ...
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    27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
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    Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2018 Edition). Attorneys from the law offices of Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Admiralty and Maritime ...
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    CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
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    CoVaBiz Magazine, a respected Hampton Roads based business publication, has awarded Vandeventer Black Lawyers Top Honors. This law firm, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, has been practicing law since 1883 and has received scores of honors and awards over the years across a number of practice areas. These include a number ...
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Anthony J. Mazzeo

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.S., United States Naval Academy
    • J.D. (highest honors), Florida State University College of Law
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Florida
  • Courts & Administrative Bodies

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • LEAD Hampton Roads Board of Trustees
    • Catholic High School, Board of Advisors
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Virginia Ship Repair Association
    • Tidewater Association of Service Contractors
    • American Bar Association
    • Tidewater Government-Industry Council
    • National Contract Management Association
    • Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads Chapter
    • Military Officers Association of America
    • Knights of Columbus
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale- Hubbell® Law Directory
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2015-present)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Legislative/ Regulatory/ Administrative and International Law (2016-present)

Tony concentrates his law practice primarily in government contracts, ship repair, international, regulatory compliance, construction, and maritime law.  He is licensed in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Florida.  He joined Vandeventer Black in 2012 following a U.S. Navy career.

Tony was commissioned as a naval officer upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  He served as a surface warfare officer then as a Navy JAG attorney for more than twenty years.  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and  Iraqi Freedom.  As a Navy Judge Advocate, Tony had significant litigation experience, managed the Department of the Navy’s admiralty and maritime litigation practice and claims, and held a number of staff judge advocate positions ashore, at sea, and overseas, functioning as a “legal problem solver” for Navy executives at every level from ship/squadron commanding officer to 4-star Fleet Commander.

His experience with the federal government and U.S. Navy enables him to offer unique advice in response to his clients’ legal needs.  Tony’s background as a Navy JAG attorney provided insight into the Navy’s organization and processes that is helpful in his government contracts practice.  He has represented clients in state and federal courts, and before Boards of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, Agency Suspension and Debarment Official proceedings, and other administrative and judicial forums.  Additionally, Tony advises clients regarding export controls and compliance, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Department of State and the Export Administration Regulations administered by the Department of Commerce.

He assists U.S. businesses seeking to export overseas and foreign businesses seeking opportunities in the United States, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI); and security clearances.

Although originally from New Jersey, Tony spent more than half of his Navy career in Hampton Roads.  Additionally, he had Navy assignments in Rhode Island, Wisconsin, California, Hawaii, Florida, and Washington DC, as well as overseas in Bahrain and Italy.

Tony attended law school at the Florida State University College of Law under the Navy’s Law Education Program, graduating with Highest Honors and being inducted into the Order of the Coif.  While in law school, he served as Law Review Articles Editor and completed an internship as law clerk to Federal Judge Robert Hinkle in the Northern District of Florida. Tony is active in the community serving on the Board of Advisors at Catholic High School and with the Knights of Columbus. He is the Vice Chair for Recruitment on the LEAD Hampton Roads Board of Trustees.

  • Representative Matters

    CLAIMS

    • Prepared, negotiated, mediated, and litigated claims for contract adjustment on behalf of companies against project owners and the federal government.

    LITIGATION 

    • Prosecuted and defended civil litigation matters in cases including business conspiracy, government contract protests, contractor claims, and contractor defense against subcontractors.
    • After a 6-day trial in Virginia’s Fairfax Circuit Court, obtained judgment for an insurer client of the more than $4 million claimed plus attorney’s fees, under Virginia’s business conspiracy statute for amounts paid by the insurer in a complex, broad ranging conspiracy scheme.
    • After a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk), obtained judgment for a ship repair client against the U.S. Navy of more than $4 million for Government-responsible changes to the contract for which the Contracting Officer had denied payment on the Contractor’s Request for Equitable Adjustment.

    BID PROTESTS

    • Prepared and pursued Federal bid protests for bidders and offerors, at the Agency level, in the Government Accountability Office, the Small Business Administration, and in the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. Intervened in protests to protect the interests of successful offerors in protests filed by other companies in the GAO and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

    REGULATORY

    • Defended both individuals and companies being considered for suspension and debarment from participation in government contracting (formerly Excluded Parties List System).
    • Advised and assisted companies with application for certification by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & TRADE

    • Advised on registration and compliance with the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • News

    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
    / Firm News
    Twenty-two attorneys from Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm Vandeventer Black have been awarded Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers of 2017-2018 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. Candidates for this award are selected by their peers and nominated for exemplifying excellence in their specialty. The lawyers being recognized are: ...
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    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
    / Firm News
    Annually, Virginia Business Magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant the ‘Legal Elite Awards’. For 2016, twenty-two Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected for this recognition. Lawyers are nominated by their peers for each category. “Our legal team puts in their heart and soul to ensure the well-being of ...
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    Successful Outcome in Business Conspiracy Case
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    Vandeventer Black LLP secured another successful outcome recently, obtaining a judgment for an insurer client of over $4 million paid by the insurer under an employee theft policy relating to a broad ranging conspiracy scheme by those employees and their co-conspirators. Tony Mazzeo led our firm’s trial team for the ...
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    We Won the Contract, But Then Discovered a Mistake in our Bid. Now What?
    Authored by attorney Anthony J. Mazzeo The euphoria you feel upon being notified by a contracting officer that your company has been awarded a federal contract on which you recently bid can quickly turn to dread if you discover that a mistake caused you to underbid the work. Being bound ...
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Neil S. Lowenstein

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., Virginia Military Institute
    • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond School
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • District of Columbia
    • North Carolina
    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Virginia State Bar, Fourth Judicial Circuit Council (2015); Special Committee on Lawyer Referral
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Associated Builders & Contractors, Virginia Chapter – Hampton Roads Region Leadership, past Chairman
    • Youth Foundation Services, Virginia Beach
    • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2004-present)
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2006-present)
    • Named one of the “Top Attorneys” in Hampton Roads
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Construction Law
      (2015-present); Litigation – Construction (2017-present)
    • Retired Officer, U.S. Army Reserve (Infantry / Civil Affairs)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Construction Law (2017-present)

Neil Lowenstein is a member of the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Law practice group. Neil has been an attorney with Vandeventer Black since 1989, during which he has focused his practice on construction law, government contract laws, suretyship and fidelity law, and alternative dispute resolution. Neil also has experience with various administrative and regulatory matters and is an experienced litigator.

In addition to Virginia, Neil is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Neil is admitted to practice before all courts in those states, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits, the United States District Courts in Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, as well as the Court of Federal Claims. Neil has also represented clients before various Boards of Contract Appeals, the General Accountability Office, and other administrative tribunals.

Neil is active in numerous construction trade associations, having served in various leadership positions in them. Among those are the Associated Builders and Contractors, Virginia Chapter, the Associated General Contractors of Virginia, the Design-Build Institute of America, Hampton Roads Chapter, the Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, Virginia Builds, the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association, and the National Utility Contractors Association.

His experiences with those associations in helping to shape industry standards, practices, training, and collegial relationships, his hands-on construction industry experiences, his regulatory experiences, and his prior military and leadership training all help Neil provide unique advice and insights helping clients recognize and resolve problems and, otherwise, meaningfully address their legal needs.

Neil regularly litigates matters in a variety of courts before judges and juries, while also having extensive arbitration and other alternative disputes resolution experience. Neil has arbitrated complex construction disputes before multi-arbitrator panels and single panelists and helped develop streamlined arbitration procedures to expedite and reduce the costs of hearings. Neil is also an experienced negotiator who has received mediation training, taught negotiation classes, and regularly uses his training and experience to facilitate win-win dispute solutions.

  • Representative Matters

    • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple project adjustment claims on behalf of contractors and subcontractors. Example includes +$20M delay and extra work claim for design deficiencies and change directives.
    • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple contract adjustment claims on behalf of general contractors against other project owners, and have similarly defended multiple defective/deficient/delayed work claims by owners against general contractors. Example includes +$3M claim against developer for delays and extra work directives for subdivision sitework and utilities.
    • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple subcontract adjustment claims on behalf of subcontractors against general contractors, and have similarly defended multiple defective/deficient/delayed work claims by contractors against subcontractors. Example includes defense of +$1M wrongful termination and associated prosecution of contractor’s excess completion costs against subcontractor.
    • Prosecuted and defended claims against and by project suppliers regarding material furnished by them for various construction projects. Example includes defense of +$1M metal building defect claim.
    • Prepared and pursued multiple federal, state and local bid protests for bidders and offerors. Example includes GAO protest of award to another contractor with respect to improper technical tradeoff decisions made by awarding agency.
    • Evaluation and negotiation of completion, takeover, and other triparty agreements for multi-million, multiple-project defaults by contractor, including negotiations of subcontractor ratification agreements, and then address of financing and indemnity matters for bonding surety.
  • News

    Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
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    Several attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been awarded as Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers for 2019 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. “We are proud of our attorneys for receiving this distinction as it is a solely peer-rated nomination given to those ...
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    Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
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    Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Norfolk, VA Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including ...
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    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
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    Twenty-two attorneys from Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm Vandeventer Black have been awarded Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers of 2017-2018 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine. Candidates for this award are selected by their peers and nominated for exemplifying excellence in their specialty. The lawyers being recognized are: ...
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  • Articles

    Construction Project Team Considerations Regarding COVID-19
    Construction project impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and continuing to evolve. While every project must be considered individually, below are some issues for construction project team consideration.   -Performance impact issues vary depending on the nature of the project. Moreover, public bodies, at all levels, are developing guidance ...
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    Virginia DPOR Offices Closing But Taking Administrative Actions to Minimize COVID-Related Impacts.
    As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses, it is also impacting licensing, certification, and other credential requirements for contractors. Effective March 18, 2020, DPOR has announced that its offices at the Perimeter Center will be closed to the public, but that to minimize impact DPOR is extending the validity of licenses, ...
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    Supporting Your Position: Progress and Issue Documentation is Time Well Spent
    / Construction
    Throughout the progression of construction, various things occur that may impact the time or cost of the work. Often, you are aware of those things when they occur; but other times not until later. If you have, and – just as importantly – your field team follows, a consistent policy ...
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Arlene F. Klinedinst

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. Labor Studies,  Penn State University
    • J.D., Beasley School of Law, Temple University
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • Pennsylvania
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Virginia Bar Association – Section on Labor Relations & Employment Law, Council (2005-present); Chair (2018-19); Vice Chair (2016-17); Secretary/Treasurer (2013-15)
    • National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC), Tidewater Chapter, Member (1998-present); Board Member (2006-11); Past President (2008-09)
    • Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management, Member
      (1990-present); Former Legal Counsel
    • Hampton Roads Industry Liaison Group, Member (2010-present)
    • Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® – Employment Law-Management (2011-present); Labor Law-Management (2011-present)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Employment Law – Management (2021)
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2002-present)
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers”(2010-12)
    • Virginia Lawyers Media, “Influential Women in Business Award” (2011)
    • Inside Business, “Women in Business Award” (2010)
    • “Virginia Living’s Women in the Law” (2017-18)
    • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia- Labor & Employment (2021-present)

Arlene is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates her practice in all areas of Labor & Employment Law.  She advises and represents a variety of organizations and businesses on a broad range of employment issues, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, VOSH/OSHA citations, unfair labor practices, grievance arbitration, and covenants not to compete.  She has a strong background in advising employers on preventive measures such as handbooks and policies, legal compliance and union avoidance.  Arlene also has served as a neutral Hearing Officer in public sector employee discharge cases.

Before attending law school, Arlene worked as a human resources professional for Consolidation Coal Company.  Prior to entering private practice, she served as a staff attorney to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and later to the Governor’s Budget Office in Pennsylvania.  She began her private law practice in Virginia in 1989.

In addition to representing business clients in court, arbitration, and mediation, Arlene is a frequent speaker before management and civic groups on a wide variety of labor and employment law topics.

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    Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
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    Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Norfolk, VA Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including ...
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    Vandeventer Black Partners Named Women In The Law
    Vandeventer Black LLP AV®-rated partners Anne G. Bibeau, Deborah M. Casey, Arlene F. Klinedinst, and Anita O. Poston were selected as Women in the Law for 2018. Published by Virginia Living, Women in the Law 2018 celebrates the achievements of Virginia’s most accomplished women judges and attorneys. Anne G. Bibeau focuses her practice on ...
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    Arlene Klinesdinst Elected Chair of VBA’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Section
    Vandeventer Black LLP AV® Preeminent-rated partner Arlene F. Klinedinst was elected to serve as new Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Labor Relations & Employment Law Section. Klinedinst also served as Chair of Vandeventer Black’s Labor and Employment Department. “Serving as Chair of the Labor Relations & Employment Law Section is ...
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Ray W. King

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.S., Political Science, Texas Tech University
    • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Fellow, American Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar: Representative of the Fourth Judicial Circuit on the Bar Council (June 2008–present); Real Property Section Board of Governors Area Representative; Committee on Lawyer Discipline (2002–2008), Chair (2004–2006); Second District Disciplinary Committee (2000–2004), Chair (2002–2004)
    • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (permanent member since 1999)
    • Downtown Norfolk Council, Executive Committee (2010–present)
    • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court: Master Member (2001–2005)
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association: Executive Committee (1991–1998); President (1996–1997); Chair, Judicial Endorsement Committee (2005–present)
    • Norfolk Law Library Foundation (1998–2004), Board of Directors President (2002–2003)
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Real Estate (2012–present)
    • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Litigation -Real Estate, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law (2008–present)
    • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Real Estate (2014, 2016 & 2018) and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law (2019, 2021)
    • Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, Class of 2008
    • Listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Litigation (2000), Business Law (2003), Civil Litigation (2015), Real Estate/Land Use (2011-present)

Ray W. King focuses his practice on commercial real estate, real estate litigation and commercial foreclosures. His commercial real estate practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including representing clients in the purchase, sale, financing and defeasance of high rise office buildings, office parks, shopping centers and apartment complexes in the eastern United States.

Mr. King regularly represents borrowers in the closing of securitized or “CMBS” loans secured by commercial real estate for loans ranging from $2.0 mil. to $100 mil. Mr. King has worked with loan servicers and special servicers in the assumption of securitized or “CMBS” loans. Mr. King has experience managing and leading the legal team real estate transactions that included multiple commercial properties located in several states. In addition to handling the foreclosure of commercial real estate securing loans, Mr. King represents lenders in loan modifications and workouts of troubled loans.

He also provides legal counsel for a variety of commercial and corporate transactions. His real estate litigation practice includes representing condemnation authorities in eminent domain proceedings and resolving title claim matters.

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    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2019 Legal Elite
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    Twenty-Two Vandeventer Black attorneys are being recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association every year to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio – Business Law Anne Bibeau ...
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    Business and Commercial Real Estate Attorneys Named to the 2020 Best Lawyers® list and Receive the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction
    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that  two of its Business and Commercial Real Estate (CRE) legal team have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence ...
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    Commercial Real Estate Attorney Ray W. King Returns to Vandeventer Black
    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the return of Ray W. King to the firm’s Norfolk office as an Of Counsel attorney. King will continue to concentrate his practice on commercial real estate, real estate litigation, and commercial foreclosures. His commercial real estate practice encompasses all aspects of commercial ...
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    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2019 Legal Elite
    / Firm News
    Twenty-Two Vandeventer Black attorneys are being recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association every year to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio – Business Law Anne Bibeau ...
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    Business and Commercial Real Estate Attorneys Named to the 2020 Best Lawyers® list and Receive the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction
    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that  two of its Business and Commercial Real Estate (CRE) legal team have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence ...
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    Commercial Real Estate Attorney Ray W. King Returns to Vandeventer Black
    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the return of Ray W. King to the firm’s Norfolk office as an Of Counsel attorney. King will continue to concentrate his practice on commercial real estate, real estate litigation, and commercial foreclosures. His commercial real estate practice encompasses all aspects of commercial ...
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Jennifer Kepka

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

Jennifer is Of Counsel in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group. She represents clients in commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, financing, development, acquisitions, and sales. She advises clients in private business mergers and acquisitions involving privately-held middle-market companies, as well as general corporate counsel.

Jennifer earned her B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary, and she earned her J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a national wireless carrier in negotiating building, rooftop, and land leases with landowners, including conducting title due diligence and resolving title issues.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $235 million sale of power distribution portfolio companies; transaction included HSR and CFIUS filings and IRC §280G parachute payments.
  • Represented a university in refinancing multiple commercial properties in Virginia for loans ranging from $1.2 to $6.5 million.
  • Represented a capital provider in multiple PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) transactions, including financial structure, real estate due diligence, state and local PACE law compliance, and document negotiation.
  • Represented a growing services company in the fire protection industry in the strategic acquisition of multiple targets along the U.S. East Coast and the ultimate corporate reorganization and consolidation of eight subsidiaries.

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