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Richard J. Crouch

Office Location: Norfolk, VA., Richmond, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.S.B.A. (cum laude), E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
    • J.D. (cum laude), T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Towne Bank Leadership Alliance Board, Member
    • E.V. Williams Advisory Board, Member
    • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Realtors
    • Team Hoyt, Member and Participant
    • American Bar Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • VIrginia Weekly, “Virginia’s Go To Lawyers,” Business Law (2021)
    • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory
    • Virginia Business Magazine, “Legal Elite”- Real Estate/Land Use (2008-present)
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2009-11, 2013-16)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Real Estate (2017-present)
    • Inside Business, “Top Forty under 40”
    • Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law (2021-present)

Richard is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his law practice in business, commercial transactions, and commercial real estate matters.

Richard’s business and commercial transactions practice includes commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development, and finance.  He regularly works with real estate acquisition firms, developers, property management groups, commercial tenants and lenders in the structuring and closing of commercial transactions.

Richard received a B.S. in Business Administration (cum laude) from the University of Richmond, where he concentrated his studies in Economics and Finance.  He received his J.D. (cum laude) from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where he served as Senior Staff on the Technology Committee for the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology.  Richard earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Achievements in the study of both Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law.

  • Representative Matters

    • Acted as Purchaser’s counsel in connection with the forty-eighth (48th) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in Homestead, FL.
    • Acted as lead Borrower’s counsel in connection with the modifications by tenant-in-common borrowers to a (i) mortgage loan in the amount of $26 million and (ii) mezzanine loan in the amount of $7 million.  The mortgage loan is secured by a 4-building office portfolio located in the Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina region.
    • Handled the forty-fifth (45th) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in Ruskin, FL.
    • Handled the forty-fourth (44th) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in Ocoee, FL.
    • Acted as Borrower’s counsel in connection with a loan in the collective amount of $16 million, secured by an office building located in Richmond, Virginia.  The loan involved an assignment of existing loan documents and modification to loan, saving the Borrower over $50,000 in mortgage taxes.
    • Acted as Purchaser’s Virginia counsel in connection with two UPREIT transactions that were closed on September 30, 2019, which included two buildings in Norfolk, VA that totaled 106,621 square-feet of office space with a total value of $18.9 Million. The acquisitions were financed through both new debt and an assumption of existing debt.
    • Acted as Seller’s counsel in connection with the sale of an office building in Charlotte, NC, consisting of a purchase price of $38,250,000.00 and related loan modification and release of collateral.
    • Handled the forty-third (43rd) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in Danville, VA.
    • Acted as Purchaser’s Virginia counsel in connection with the acquisition of a retail outparcel in Norfolk, Virginia subject to a Ground Lease with McDonald’s Corporation for a Purchase Price of $3.26 million.
    • Acted as purchaser’s counsel for an office complex in Tampa, Florida, consisting of a purchase price of $6,800,000 and acquisition financing of $4,700,000, and 5 tenant-in-common borrowing entities.
    • Acted as Purchaser’s Virginia counsel in connection with a definitive UPREIT agreement to acquire a 35,000-square-foot, single tenant office building in Norfolk, Virginia for total consideration of $7.1 million.
    • Acted as Borrower’s counsel in connection with a refinance loan of $2.83 million secured by two (2) single-tenant outparcels located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, VA.
    • Acted as purchaser’s counsel in connection with the acquisition of an office building for $4,155,000, located in Virginia Beach Virginia, consisting of acquisition financing in the amount of $2,421,053 and construction financing in the amount of $1,936,842.
    • Acted as Purchaser’s counsel in joint venture, involving three (3) tenant-in-common borrowers, in a portfolio acquisition of three (3) office buildings in Tampa, Florida,  consisting of a purchase price of $53,313,000, financing of $44,900,000, and 1031 implications. 
    • Handled the forty-first (41st) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in Deltona, Florida.
    • Handled the forty-second (42nd) land acquisition for a national discount variety store for a site located in North Port, Florida.
    • Acted as Seller’s counsel in connection with the sale of an office condominium located in Virginia Beach Virginia.
    • Acted as Borrower’s counsel in connection with a refinance of $5 million secured by an office building located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    • Acted as Borrower’s counsel in connection with a refinance of $3.6 million secured by a self-storage facility located in Virginia Beach Virginia.
    • Acted as Purchaser’s counsel in connection with the purchase of 4 acres for $1,000,000.00 in Chesapeake, Virginia in connection with the construction of an equipment sales and repair facility.
    • Acted as seller’s counsel in connection with the sale of an industrial building in Norfolk, Virginia consisting of a purchase price of $2,182,500.00.
    • Handled a portfolio acquisition of three (3) office buildings in Greenville South Carolina consisting of a purchase price of $22 million and financing of $16.1 million.
    • Acted as seller’s counsel in connection with the sale of an industrial building in Norfolk, Virginia, consisting of a purchase price of $2,182,500.00.
    • Handled documentation of a joint venture for the capital restructuring and refinancing of a portfolio of office properties in Tampa, Florida, consisting of an equity fund of $16 million and financing of $41.7 million.
    • Handled over forty (40) land acquisitions in Virginia and Florida for a national discount variety store.
    • Acted as purchaser’s counsel for the 7th land acquisition for a prominent fast-food franchisee and developer in Henrico County, Virginia.
    • Acted as purchaser’s counsel in connection with the acquisition of 2.51 acres in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a site development as a self-storage facility involving a purchase price of $825,000 and construction financing up to $4,436,406.00.
    • Acted as purchaser’s counsel in the acquisition of an industrial building located in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, consisting of a purchase price of $9,000,000.00 and financing of $6,035,250.00.
    • Acted as borrower’s counsel in the refinance of a 5-building office portfolio located in the Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina region, consisting of a mortgage loan of $29,800,000 and mezzanine loan of $7,000,000.
    • Handled a $58.5 million portfolio acquisition, mortgage financing, and mezzanine financing of five (5) office buildings in Nashville, Tennessee with financing exceeding $49 million.
    • Handled a $37.3 million portfolio acquisition, mortgage financing, and mezzanine financing of four (4) office buildings in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina with 1031 exchange implications and financing exceeding $28 million.
    • Handled refinance and credit facility loan with two (2) lenders and four (4) borrowers for financing exceeding $71 million, including an assignment of mortgage prior to refinance resulting in approximately$160,000 in immediate savings to the client due to reduced mortgage taxes.
    • Handled a $25.5 million portfolio acquisition, mortgage financing, and mezzanine financing of industrial buildings in Reading, Pennsylvania with financing exceeding $19.5 million.
    • Handled a $12 Million portfolio disposition of thirteen (13) shopping centers located in seven (7) cities in Hampton Roads, Virginia in a simultaneous closing involving five (5) seller entities, thirteen (13) purchaser entities and five (5) lenders.
    • Handled a $46.5 million portfolio acquisition, mortgage financing, and mezzanine financing of office buildings in Charlotte, North Carolina with financing exceeding $27 million.
    • Handled $31 million in refinances for four (4) income-producing properties, including a strategic loan structuring that saved the client over $40,000 in mortgage taxes.
    • Handled a $30 Million shopping center loan in Virginia Beach, VA, including an assignment of mortgage prior to the refinance resulting in approximately $70,000 in immediate savings to the client due to reduced mortgage taxes.
    • Handled a portfolio acquisition for five (5) shopping centers involving ten (10) buyers in a simultaneous closing in South Carolina with 1031 exchange implications and financing exceeding $14 Million.
    • Handled a $29 Million sale of membership interests of a property owner limited liability company, whereby the client saved $108,000 in grantor’s tax.
    • Handled fifth (5th) acquisition in Virginia for a prominent Bojangles’ franchisee and developer.
    • Handled a $23.2 million office building acquisition and mortgage financing in Jacksonville, Florida with financing exceeding $17.75 million.
    • Handled a $8.5 million industrial building acquisition and mortgage financing in Virginia Beach, VA with financing exceeding $6.8 million.
    • Handled a $4.6 million real estate acquisition in Chesapeake, VA for a site to be developed as a self-storage facility.
    • Handled the acquisition of a portfolio, located in Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of five (5) office buildings involving a purchase price of $41,200,000.00 and the assumption of an existing loan in the original principal amount of $28,700,000.
    • Handled a loan modification, as borrower’s counsel, increasing the loan amount by $2.8 million, for a total loan of $6.3 million, for the development of the 2nd phase of a self-storage facility located in the Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    • Handled a construction loan in the amount of $1.5 million, as lender’s counsel, for the construction of a multi-tenant housing facility located at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
    • Handled a line of credit in the amount of $2,963,325, as lender’s counsel, for costs associated with a multifamily housing development located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    • Handled a loan modification, as borrower’s counsel, increasing the loan amount to $4,345,163, for the completion of a self-storage facility located in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • News

    Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
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    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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    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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    Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
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    In addition to a number of prestigious national awards, Norfolk based law firm Vandeventer Black has 20 attorneys who have been awarded top honors by Coastal Virginia Magazine, a lifestyle publication serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and greater Hampton Roads. The attorneys receiving accommodation encompass a vast number of ...
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    “I Won The Judgment, Now What?”
    When you win a judgment, the court may award you money damages, but obtaining the judgment is often less than half the battle.  If the party against whom the judgment is entered (sometimes called the “judgment debtor” or just “debtor”) either refuses to comply with the court order or simply ...
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    What Type of Entity is Right for Your Business?
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    You may have noticed that various real estate acquisition firms, developers, builders, landlords, tenants, and leasing and management firms conduct business in a wide range of entities, but why do they do so and what are the important issues to consider when choosing an entity for your business?  The factors ...
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    BUYING AT A FORECLOSURE SALE “DON’T LET A BARGAIN BECOME A BURDEN”
    Looming maturity dates (for which borrowers are not prepared to pay the remaining balance) or other monetary defaults of numerous commercial mortgages may present many opportunities for purchasing property on a discounted basis.  With proper precautions and investigation, what appears to be a “deal” really can be a “deal.”  However, ...
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Mark T. Coberly

Office Location: Norfolk, VA., Hamburg, Germany

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. (with distinction) University of Virginia
    • Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany (one year)
    • J.D. Washington & Lee University  (Law Review Editor)
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board Member
    • Virginia Maritime Association – Board Member and General Counsel
    • Vandeventer Black – Maritime Practice Group, Chair
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, past-Director
    • Virginia Bar Association – Sections on Transportation and International Law
    • American Bar Association
    • Propeller Club, Port of Hampton Roads
    • Hampton Roads Foreign Commerce Council
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year – Transportation Law (2018)
    • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year – Admiralty and Maritime Law (2017)
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Admiralty and Maritime Law (2007-19); Transportation Law (2007-19)
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” – Transportation/Maritime Law (2006-19)
    • Virginia Business, “Virginia Legal Elite” – Transportation, Admiralty & Intermodal Law

Mark is the Chair of the Maritime Practice Group of Vandeventer Black, where he is part of a team of lawyers who concentrate on maritime and transportation law for international, national and local clients and insurers. His federal court trial experience includes major casualties such as collisions, pollution, cargo damage, and serious personal injuries; as well as transactional disputes including charter parties, ship repair contracts, tariffs and towing agreements. He also litigates maritime matters in state court including personal injury defense and commercial matters.  Administrative law related to the marine industry such as Coast Guard, Customs, and NOAA/NMFS are also areas in which Mark specializes.

In addition to local clients, Mark represents domestic marine insurers as well as the P & I Clubs in the International Group together with their domestic and foreign vessel operators.

In recent matters he has represented a bunker supplier in successfully opposing a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court, and obtained a jury verdict in a dispute between the owner of a large custom yacht and the shipyard that performed design modifications.  Other recent matters include representation in Coast Guard proceedings of operators of ships that have collided with yachts.  Mark has represented a client in an oil pollution matter in which his team succeeded in obtaining limitation of liability under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and sustained the ruling through appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mark and his team have both conducted and defended numerous vessel arrests and attachments in multiple East Coast ports and successfully prosecuted same through the federal appeals courts. And, on an ongoing basis, Mark is representing vessel operators and terminals in defending personal injury claims in litigation in state and federal courts.

Mark practices in federal and state court as well as before administrative law judges in proceedings of the United States Coast Guard, Customs, and National Marine Fisheries.  He handles arbitrations before multiple tribunals. He is admitted to practice in Virginia as well as the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.

  • Reported Cases

    • Bulk Juliana, Ltd., et al., v. World Fuel Services (Singapore) PTE Ltd., Case No. 16-26 (S. Ct.), cert. denied, 582 U.S. 9 (2017). (maritime lien/vessel arrest litigation)
    • SPM Management LLC, et al. v. M/Y SEA AYRE, etc., et al, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14418 (E.D. Va. 2018), aff’d. per curiam, 756 Fed. Appx. 304 (4th Cir. 2018). (maritime lien/vessel arrest litigation)
    • Molly Sobel v. Institute for Shipboard Education d/b/a Semester at Sea, et al., 2017 WL 375054 (W.D. Va. Jan. 26, 2017) (summary judgment in maritime personal injury action).
    • World Fuel Services v. M/V Hebei Shijiazhuang, et al., 2014 AMC 1149 (E.D. Va. 2014), aff’d., 783 F.3d 507 (4th 2015) (maritime lien, vessel arrest).
    • Suslick v. Sparkman & Stephens, et al., (Fairfax Cir. Ct. CL 2013-11742) Oct. 10, 2014 (yacht design and repair; defense verdict in jury trial).
    • Dry Handy Investments v. Corvina Shipping Co., et al., 2013 AMC 196 (E.D. Va. 2013) (alter ego Rule B, vessel attachment).
    • Marine Builders, Inc. v. MBTT 1, 2012 AMC 1569 (E.D. Va. 2012), (Vessel arrest, Admiralty Rule D action)
    • Dominion Resource Services, Inc. v. 5K Logistics, Inc., 2010 WL 2721355 (ED Va., July 8, 2010), (Carmack Amendment, trucker liability).
    • Norfolk Dredging Co. v. City of Chesapeake, 2007 WL 2126293, (E.D. Va.2007), (Maritime declaratory judgment action).
    • Virginia International Terminals, Inc. v. M/V KATSURAGI, 236 F. Supp. 2d 1025 (E.D. Va. 2003), (pier allision, docking pilot and tug liability).
    • Heretick v. Amberley Shipping Corp., 227 F. Supp. 2d 575 (E.D. Va. Oct 17, 2002), (personal injury, charterer liability).
    • Franklin v. U.S., 289 F.3d 753 (Fed. Cir. 2002), (Customs duties and fines).
    • Enterprise Ship Co. v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 185 F. Supp. 2d 622 (E.D. Va. 2001), (pier allision, docking pilot liability).
    • Dominion Terminal Associates v. M/V CAPE DAISY, 24 F. Supp. 2d 532 (E.D. Va. 1998), (pier allision, docking pilot liability).
    • Nat’l Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia v. Moran Trade Corp., 122 F.3d 1062 (4th Cir. 1997), aff’g., 924 F. Supp. 1436 (E.D.Va 1996), denied, 523 U.S. 1021 (1998), (collision, pollution, OPA 90 limitation of liability).
    • Young v. James, 168 F.R.D. 24 (E.D. Va. 1996). (Federal Court removal proceeding).
    • Schultz v. Butcher, 24 F.3d 626 (4th Cir. 1994), (personal injury verdict reversed).
    • Carib Alba, Ltd. v. 26 Units Amusement Equipment, 1985 WL 8798 (E.D. Va.1985), (maritime lien litigation).
    • Virginia International Terminals, Inc. v. S.S. AMCO TRADER, 1986 A.M.C. 1163 (E.D. Va. 1985), (maritime lien litigation).
    • Whorton v. Home Ins. Co., 724 F.2d 427 (4th Cir. 1984), (marine insurance coverage litigation).
  • News

    12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers
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    Vandeventer Black LLP attorneys from Norfolk and Richmond were selected by their peers as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers. Annually less than five percent of all lawyers in Virginia are selected for this honor. Named as Virginia Super Lawyers from the Norfolk office were Dean Buckius, Employment & Labor; Deborah Casey, ...
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    Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
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    Vandeventer Black LLP is honored to announce that lawyers in their Norfolk office have been recognized  in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. The selection process for this recognition involves a peer-review study where more than 5.5 million votes were cast by attorneys regarding the legal ...
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    The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Lists 23 Vandeventer Black Attorneys
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    Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Attorneys from the firm include: Admiralty & Maritime Law: Mark T. Coberly, Richard H. Ottinger, Edward J. Powers, Arbitration: William E. Franczek; ...
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W. Thomas Chappell

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. (magna cum laude), College of William & Mary (Government, Economics), 2011
    • J.D.  (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif), University of Richmond School of Law, 2014
  • Judicial Clerkship

    • Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2014-16
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Chesapeake Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Community Association Institute, Southeastern Virginia Chapter
    • Virginia Community Association Institute Legislative Action Committee
    • James Kent American Inn of Court
    • Boy Scouts of America, Tidewater Council, Executive Board
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch (2021)
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite-Young Lawyers” (2019-present)
    • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, “Up & Coming Lawyer” (2019)

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.

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Deborah M. Casey

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Choate Rosemary Hall
    • B.A. (cum laude), Emory University
    • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Courts & Administrative Bodies

    • All federal courts in Virginia
    • Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Vandeventer Black LLP, Executive Board Member
    • College of Community Association Lawyers, Fellow
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association
    • Community Associations Institute, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, Past President; Speakers Bureau
    • Community Associations Institute, Virginia Legislative Action Committee (2004-14); Chair (2008-11)
    • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Women’s Cabinet (2013-present) (Executive Board 2017-present); Society of Professionals
    • Ohef Sholom Temple, Personnel Committee, Membership Committee, Past Board Member
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale- Hubbell® Law Directory
    • Best Lawyers in America® – Community Association Law
    • SEVA-CAI Author of the Year
    • Inaugural Class of Influential Women in Law by VLW, VSB, VBA, VADA, VTLA, ODBA, and VWAA (2019)
    • Thompson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers®” (2010-present)
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2007-09, 2013, 2018-present)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Community Associations (2016)
    • Virginia Living Magazine, “Women in the Law” (2017-2018)
    • Influential Women of Virginia Award, Class of 2010
    • Women In Business Achievement Award (2005)
    • SEVA-CAI Hall of Fame Award (2004)
    • SEVA-CAI Distinguished Service Award (2002)
    • Top 40 Under 40 (2001)

Debbie is a Partner, Executive Board Member, and Chair of Vandeventer Black’s Community Associations team. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition to her many unprecedented accomplishments, she was the first and still is one of only a few lawyers in Southeastern Virginia admitted as a Fellow to CAI National’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”).

For more than three decades, Debbie has concentrated her practice in representing Virginia’s common interest communities providing exceptional legal counseling tailored to their needs. Her clients include a variety of condominium and property owners’ associations, as well as mixed use and planned communities. Her strategic guidance spans the broad spectrum of legal issues facing community associations, from transition to aging properties; drafting, amending and interpreting documents to enforcement of covenants and restrictions, litigation and mediation; defective construction to major repair projects; environmental and land use; finance and fund management to assessment collection, liens, foreclosures, and bankruptcy; insurance to management; fair housing, discrimination, regulatory and other compliance; operations and governance; and as general and corporate counsel, encompassing forward thinking, collaboration, and positive impact.

By staying current in the law, active in CAI and the larger community, Debbie understands the unique and multifaceted challenges presented daily, and in more unusual and complex circumstances, and delivers superior results. She leads the community association law practice with integrity, professionalism, and efficiency, being proactive, accessible, and responsive.

Debbie also has broad experience representing creditors and commercial property owners in leasing, contracts, bankruptcy, collections and dispute resolution. Her litigation experience yielded a great understanding of contracts that enables her to advance and protect the interests of businesses and property owners. This experience has sharpened her skills to draft contracts and resolve disputes that recognize business objectives, meet goals, maximize opportunity, and minimize risk.

  • News

    Deborah M. Casey Named to the Executive Board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
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    Vandeventer Black LLP partner and AV® rated attorney, Deborah M. Casey, was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. The Cabinet works hand in hand with community outreach, promotes women leadership and development, and upholds the Jewish life, continuity, and ...
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    Vandeventer Black Announces Elected Executive Board Members
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    Vandeventer Black LLP recently announced the members that will enter the 2017-2018 Executive Board. Deborah M. Casey, a Partner with the Firm, was elected to the Board. Her practice has focused on representing the interests of common interest communities for almost thirty years. She is one of a small number of ...
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    25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
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    Attorneys from the law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP have been named Best Lawyers in America 2017, many listed in multiple specialties, for a total of 52 designations for the law firm. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The Vandeventer Black attorneys and their specialties as ...
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  • Articles

    Coronavirus: Protecting Community Associations and Continuing to Operate
    It is official; there is a global pandemic. This affects everyone.  With the onslaught of cancellations, closings, quarantining, and social distancing, COVID-19 is changing how we work, live, and interact at least for the foreseeable future.  This article is intended to provide guidance to community associations about how to operate ...
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    2019 Legislative Changes Affecting Community Associations
    By:  Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Gaela Normile[1] Happy Summer!  It is hard to believe that 2019 is half over.  July 1 means new laws become effective in Virginia. During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, CAI’s Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) monitored over 75 bills that directly ...
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    2018 Legislative Changes That Affect Community Associations
    Each year an increasing number of bills affecting community associations are introduced in the Virginia General Assembly.  2018 may have been one for the record books. CAI’s Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) reviewed more than 100 bills that directly or indirectly affect Virginia community associations. Fortunately, there are only a few ...
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Megan B. Caramore

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A. (magna cum laude) English, Washington & Lee University
    • J.D. (cum laude), T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Courts & Administrative Bodies

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, past Tidewater Regional Director
    • Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inns of Court
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Larchmont Edgewater Civic League
    • American Bar Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Thomson Reuters, Virginia “Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2011 – present)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Workers’ Compensation (2019-present)

Megan concentrates her practice in state and longshore workers’ compensation insurance defense, as well as FELA litigation. Caramore has argued before the Virginia Supreme Court and regularly handles cases in federal and state courts. She also appears before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inns of Court.

Megan published an article entitled, “The Rules of Evidence in Workers’ Compensation Proceedings” in The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXVI, No. 3 (Fall 2015).

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    Worker’s Compensation in Virginia: Employer Basics
    Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore Under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have certain obligations to their employees.  Below is a list of the basic information that every employer should keep in mind. An employer who regularly employs three or more full-time or part-time employees is required to purchase and ...
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    The Princess and the Pea: Liability for Prescription Mattresses?
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    When is a mattress a covered medical expense under the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Act? The answer may change depending on the facts of the case. The general rule is that orthopedic type mattresses do not meet the definition of necessary medical attention under Virginia Code § 65.2-603. The Commission has ...
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    Miller Act Payment Bond Protection Do Not Extend to Third-Tier Subcontractors
    Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore The Miller Act requires that a contractor who is awarded a government construction contract worth $100,000 or more must furnish a payment bond. It also limits the potential claimants on the bond to persons who provide labor and materials directly to the prime contractor ...
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Dean T. Buckius

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., College of William and Mary
    • J.D. (cum laude), Wake Forest University
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • North Carolina
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Society for Human Resource Management
    • Downtown Norfolk Council, General Counsel
    • American, Virginia and North Carolina Bar Associations- Sections on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” – Labor/Employment
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” – Employment & Labor
    • Leadership Hampton Roads Alumnus
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Labor & Employment

Dean is a partner with Vandeventer Black, located in the Firm’s Norfolk office. He concentrates his law practice in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation.

He advises and represents businesses on a broad range of employment issues including union avoidance, discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, VOSH/OSHA citations, trade secrets, employment contracts and covenants not to compete.

Dean represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative forums and before arbitrators and mediators.

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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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    Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
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    In addition to a number of prestigious national awards, Norfolk based law firm Vandeventer Black has 20 attorneys who have been awarded top honors by Coastal Virginia Magazine, a lifestyle publication serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and greater Hampton Roads. The attorneys receiving accommodation encompass a vast number of ...
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    25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
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    Attorneys from the law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP have been named Best Lawyers in America 2017, many listed in multiple specialties, for a total of 52 designations for the law firm. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The Vandeventer Black attorneys and their specialties as ...
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Mark S. Brennan Sr.

Office Location: Richmond, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., Political Science, University of Delaware
    • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
  • Judicial Clerkship

    • Law clerk to the Hon. David G. Lowe, United States
    • Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • North Carolina
    • Pennsylvania
    • West Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association: Health Care Law Committee; Professional Liability Committee; Military & Veterans Affairs Committee; Collaborative Law Committee; Senior Lawyer Committee
    • North Carolina Bar Association: Professionalism Committee; Professional Vitality Committee
    • West Virginia Bar Association
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute: Professional Liability Committee
    • John Marshall American Inn of Court
    • Judge Advocate General Corp., United States Army Reserves (1992-99)
    • Professional Liability Underwriters Society, Southeast Region (2009-present)
    • Sons of the American Revolution, Virginia Society, President (2011-12)
    • Virginia Health Care Association, Health Planning Committee (2015-18)
    • Appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as a member on the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board (2017-2020)
    • Virginia Supreme Court Medical Malpractice Review Panel (2018-20)
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2005-present)
    • “Top Rated Lawyer” – Medical Malpractice Law

Mark has over 34 years of extensive trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts. Mark defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing home/long-term care facilities, physical therapists, dentists, and all other varieties of health care providers against medical malpractice wrongful death and personal injury claims. Mark serves as regional counsel for long-term nursing care companies in Virginia. Mark represents and defends health care providers in proceedings before the state professional licensing and disciplinary boards. 

In addition to medical malpractice defense litigation, Mark also represents a major transportation system in defense of liability claims and subrogation matters.

Mark is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mark is a member of the law firm’s Executive Board, the governing body of Vandeventer Black, and the Practice Group Manager of the firm’s Professional Liability Defense Group. He is also a member of the City of Richmond Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia Bar Association.

Mark serves as Vice Chairperson of the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and the Virginia Supreme Court Medical Malpractice Review Panel.

Mark is also active in numerous civic, business and professional organizations, including the Virginia Health Care Association, the Health Planning Committee, and the Quality of Care Committee, the Professional Liability Underwriters Society, John Marshall Inn of Court, and Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2015 Mark became a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is regularly selected as one of Virginia Business’ “Virginia Legal Elite” in the field of Health Law.

Mark received a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from the University of Richmond, where he was an associate editor of The Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Honorable David G. Lowe, United States Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and as an officer for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Headquarters, and XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

  • Representative Matters

    • Defense of a cardiologist and his professional practice group against a suit for $2,000,000 alleging puncture of a blood vessel during performance of a cardiac catheterization and subsequent failure to control bleeding/hematoma, resulting in surgical repair of a pseudoaneurysm and permanent disabilities. The suit was dismissed with prejudice on the eve of trial.
    • Defense of three nurses, urologist, and a physician’s practice corporation against allegations and claims for damages of $20,350,000 that a patient died as a result of improper administration (overdose/toxicity) of medications, failure to monitor, and improper use of restraints to subdue the hallucinating and violent patient. Defendants were dismissed with prejudice from the case.
    • Defense of physical therapist and physical therapy practice corporation against allegations of a young patient that defendants improperly removed her leg/hip brace after hip replacement surgery, failed to perform an adequate assessment, and failed to timely transport her to a hospital emergency room, resulting in a dozen or more subsequent dislocations and several major hip surgery revisions and replacements.
    • Suit requested $2,000,000 in damages and was resolved at mediation for nuisance value after two of plaintiff’s medical experts capitulated at discovery depositions.
    • Defense of long-term care facility against wrongful death suit for $2,000,000 alleging death of resident as a result of infections/sepsis caused by alleged failure to properly care for skin/decubitus ulcers. The suit was dismissed, first by a circuit court, then in an arbitration forum.
    • Defense verdict on behalf of a long-term nursing care provider against claims of sexual assault and failure to prevent falls resulting in a broken hip.
    • Defense verdict for health care provider against claims of whistleblower retaliation.
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    Virginia Business Magazine Lists 21 Vandeventer Black Attorneys to Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2013
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    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys from the Firm have been selected by their peers as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2013. Since 2000, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Business magazine has asked lawyers throughout the Commonwealth to nominate the most outstanding representatives of their ...
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    Virginia Business Magazine Lists Vandeventer Black Attorneys to Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2012
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    Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys from the Firm have been selected by their peers as Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2012. Since 2000, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Business Magazine has asked lawyers throughout the Commonwealth to nominate the most outstanding representatives of their ...
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G. William Birkhead

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.S., Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture
    • L.L.B., University of Virginia
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States – Director (1994-97); Fisheries Committee, Chair (1997-2001)
    • Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
    • Hampton Roads Maritime Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Transportation Law (2021)
    • Martindale-Hubbell®  AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® – Transportation Law (2018-present)

Bill is a senior partner with Vandeventer Black and traditionally concentrates his law practice in corporate & business and maritime matters.

Bill’s commercial transaction practice focuses on corporate finance, transactions and vessel sales and financing.

In the maritime industry, Bill has vast experience, including shipbuilding and ship repair, fisheries regulation and finance and vessel finance. After active duty with the United States Coast Guard, he joined the firm in 1970 and remained in the Reserves until 1975. He served as managing partner of the firm from 1998 to 2000.

Bill received a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia.

Bill is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth and Virginia Bar Associations, as well as the Virginia State Bar. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Propeller Club, the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Director 1994-97; Chair, Fisheries Committee 1997-2001), Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and Hampton Roads Maritime Association.

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F. Nash Bilisoly

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., College of William & Mary
    • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Maritime Law Association of the United States – Stevedores, Marine Terminals & Vessel Services Committee, Chair
    • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute – National Advisory Board
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Hermitage Foundation Museum, Board of Directors
    • Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Chairman
    • Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction, Norfolk (2014)
    • Hampton Roads Maritime Association
    • The Propeller Club, Port of Hampton Roads
    • American Bar Association
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” – Appellate Law (2006-present)
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2011-present)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” Workers’ Compensation (2019-present)

Nash Bilisoly has been a partner with Vandeventer Black since 1985 and concentrates his law practice in maritime and employment related matters, primarily representing shipyards, terminals and vessels. His practice focuses on insurance and employment issues including Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Defense, Coverage and Legislative initiatives.

Nash works with risk managers, human resource professionals and executives on preventive strategies and, if necessary, litigation. He has litigated numerous matters before administrative agencies, all state courts including the Supreme Court of Virginia, federal district courts and courts of appeal and, in 2002, the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has directed several legislative initiatives in the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of Maritime Employers.

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Anne G. Bibeau

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • B.A., College of William & Mary
    • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
  • Jurisdiction Licensed

    • Virginia
    • District of Columbia
  • Courts & Administrative Bodies

    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for E.D. Va., W.D. Va., D.C., Neb., Wisc.
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for E.D. Va.
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, and Fed. Circuits
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Tax Court
  • Professional & Community Activities

    • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
    • I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court
    • Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management, Past President
    • Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association
    • Eastern Shore Chapel, Parish Chancellor
    • Envision Lead Grow, Board of Directors, Secretary
    • American Arbitration Association – Panel Member, Employment Law Arbitration
    • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
    • Virginia State Bar, District Committee on Attorney Discipline
    • City of Norfolk Grievance Panel
    • Propeller Club Port of Norfolk, Board of Governors
  • Notable Accomplishments

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
    • Litigation Counsel of America –Fellow, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
    • LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 2012
    • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2010-12); “Super Lawyer” (2019-present)
    • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” – Labor/Employment (2009-present)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law -Management (2018-present)
    • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Civil Litigation (2017-present); Labor & Employment (2019-present)
    • “Virginia Living’s Women in the Law” (2017-present)
    • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, “Influential Women of Law,” Class of 2020

Anne Graham Bibeau is the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Manager. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation, tax litigation, and the emerging hemp industry. She advises clients on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), discrimination and harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability law, labor relations, employment agreements, and other labor and employment matters. She also serves as an arbitrator and mediator and is an American Arbitration Association (AAA) Employment Law Arbitrator.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
As an advocate, Anne represents clients in arbitrations and mediations involving employment, labor, and commercial disputes. She also serves as a neutral in arbitrations and mediations in employment, commercial, and consumer cases. She is on the AAA’s Employment Law Panel as an arbitrator.

EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR
Anne frequently appears in federal and state courts representing clients in employment, labor, commercial, tax, and other disputes. Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Anne was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, where she litigated civil tax cases nationwide.

PREVENTATIVE APPROACH TO EMPLOYMENT LAW
Anne has been advising clients on labor and employment law matters for more than twenty years. She works closely with clients to guide employment decisions to minimize risk. She drafts employment agreements, including agreements for executives, noncompete agreements, arbitration agreements, and severance agreements. She advises clients on managing employee leave issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and FMLA. She assists clients in properly classifying independent contractors and FLSA exempt employees and other wage and hour issues.

Even with the most careful preparation, workplace claims will arise from time to time. Anne is skilled in litigation in federal and state court and an experienced advocate in arbitrations. She routinely represents clients in Title VII, ADA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other employment law cases, including FLSA collective actions. She advocates for clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), and other administrative agencies.

Early in her career, Anne worked for the U.S. Postal Service Law Department, where she litigated labor and employment law cases, handled labor disputes, and trained and advised management on preventative human resources strategies.

FEDERAL CONTRACTOR COMPLIANCE
Anne drafts affirmative action plans (AAPs) and guides clients in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance. She is well-versed in the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis Bacon Act (DBA) rules regarding employee wages. She represents clients in DOL and OFCCP audits.

LABOR LAW
Anne represents management in union avoidance, union elections, collective bargaining, and unfair labor practice charges. She also advocates for management in labor arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

KNOWLEDGEABLE IN HEMP AND MEDICAL CANNABIS
Anne advises businesses on the rapidly changing laws and regulations regarding the nascent hemp and medical cannabis industries in Virginia. Together with Jonathan Gallo, she heads up the firm’s Hemp & Medical Cannabis practice.

BACK HOME
Anne grew up in Virginia Beach and received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William & Mary. After ten years working in big cities (Washington and New York), in 2007 she returned to the beach and joined Vandeventer Black, where she had clerked as a law student.

  • Representative Matters

    • Won a jury trial in a multi-party suit involving claims of business conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, and other business torts
    • Won a jury trial in a tax refund suit involving the trust fund recovery penalty
    • Won a jury trial in a tax refund suit involving a federal excise tax
    • Won summary judgment in insurance coverage case
    • Won summary judgment in an estate tax case
    • Won demurrer in a multi-party suit involving business tort claims between multiple federal contractors
    • Won an arbitration involving age and disability discrimination claims
    • Won an arbitration involving education disability discrimination claims
    • Won several labor arbitrations involving employee discharges
  • News

    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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    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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    PPP Forgiveness When a Furloughed Employee Refuses to Return to Work
    As widely predicted, the generous federal addition of $600 per week to unemployment benefits has created a perverse disincentive to work for some laid-off employees. Businesses are finding that, as they look to spend PPP loan proceeds by returning furloughed or terminated employees to work, some former employees prefer to ...
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    Plan Now for Reopening Your Business
    Governor Northam announced on May 4 that provisions of E.O. 53 that were to expire on May 7 have been extended to May 14. Beginning May 15, certain non-essential businesses that had been closed by E.O. 53 will be permitted to reopen under strict social distancing and disinfecting rules. E.O ...
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    Virginia Bans Covenants Not To Compete for Some Employees
    While you were distracted with the COVID-19 crisis, Virginia enacted a number of surprising laws that chip away at its staunchly pro-employer reputation. One such law, Va. Code § 40.1-28.7:7, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020, prohibits employers from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce a covenant ...
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