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Attorney Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter Joins Vandeventer Black

Attorney Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter Joins Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter to the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group as an Of Counsel. "We are excited to welcome Vanessa to our legal team," said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “Her knowledge and years of experience in the commercial real estate industry will greatly benefit our clients and our firm.” Steltenpohl Carter is a ...
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Greg E. Summy Named Recipient of the Eggleston/ I’Anson Professionalism Award for 2022

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that attorney, Greg E. Summy, has been named the recipient of the Eggleston/ I’Anson Professionalism Award for 2022 by the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (NPBA). “I am honored by the NPBA and its membership to receive this award.  Previous recipients include attorneys that I have respected and admired.  To be included with them is truly humbling.” The Eggleston/I’Anson ...
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Attorneys Selected for the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers List

Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters. This rating service considers attorneys from over 70 practice areas nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment: Christopher Ambrosio, Business / Corporate Anne G. Bibeau, Employment & Labor Nash Bilisoly, Transportation / Maritime Deborah ...
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Attorney Thomas Chappell Appointed Executive Member of the Chesapeake Bar Association

Vandeventer Black attorney W. Thomas Chappell has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Chesapeake Bar Association as an Executive Member. Chappell is a senior associate at the firm, and his civil litigation practice focuses on appellate advocacy, trust and estates litigation, land use litigation, collections, and representing community associations.   “I am honored to join the leadership of the Bar Association for my home in ...
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Vandeventer Black and Woods Rogers to Merge, Forming Virginia-Based Powerhouse Law Firm

With Offices Spanning the Commonwealth, Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Will Offer Greater Breadth and Depth of Legal Talent and Enhanced Services for Clients Two of Virginia’s most highly respected law firms, Woods Rogers and Vandeventer Black, have entered into a formal agreement to merge, creating a regional powerhouse to be known as Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black. With the intent of operating as a combined firm as ...
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Chris Ambrosio honored as Virginia’s Go To Business Lawyer

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that partner and practice area leader, Chris Ambrosio, has been included in Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW) "Virginia's Go To Business Lawyers" group of honorees. According to VLW, this program recognizes leading lawyers in a particular field, and this next round focuses on business law. "I am honored and grateful for this recognition provided by my peers," said Ambrosio. Chris ...
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Vandeventer Black Proudly Sponsors Formation of the Virginia Association of Environmental Professionals

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Vandeventer Black is proud to help sponsor the formation of the Virginia Association of Environmental Professionals (VAEP).  VAEP will be a nonprofit interdisciplinary organization focused on providing Virginia environmental professionals a peer network and collaboration forum.  Operating as a chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, VAEP will serve as a professional network of environmental professionals throughout the Commonwealth, and help the environmental community ...
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Commercial Real Estate Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

Commercial Real Estate attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2022. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. “We feel very proud of our legal team accomplishments for the high level of proficiency within their specialization”, said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner. This ...
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Vandeventer Black Raised Over $14k for the United Way of South Hampton Roads

Vandeventer Black LLP joined efforts with the United Way of South Hampton Roads 2021 campaign, and the Firm successfully raised a total of $14,695.22, which will help provide: 640 meals for a family in crisis 1,200 books for students without a home library 236 financial coaching sessions for an ALICE participant 70 temporary nights stays for homeless vets Vandeventer Black is a strong supporter of ...
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Vandeventer Black’s Sterling Elected to the Barrier Islands Center Board of Directors

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Michael L. Sterling, was elected to the Barrier Islands Center (BIC) Board of Directors. According to the organization, the BIC’s mission is to “preserve and perpetuate the unique culture and history of Virginia’s Barrier Islands through education and the collection and interpretation of artifacts.” “It is an honor to be elected to BIC’s Board of Directors, and I ...
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Franczek Selected as a Member of the “Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame” for 2022

Vandeventer Black partner, William E. Franczek, was selected by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as part of the ‘Hall of Fame’ honorees for 2022. According to the publication, this prestigious award is given to attorneys with outstanding career accomplishments and their significant contributions to the development of the law, the bar, quality of justice, and to the commonwealth of Virginia. “I am honored to receive such prestigious ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia

Attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2022. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. “We feel very proud of our legal team accomplishments for the high level of proficiency within their specialization”, said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner. This year, 30 Vandeventer ...
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Mark S. Brennan Sr. honored as a Go To Lawyer for Medical Malpractice in Virginia

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that partner Mark S. Brennan Sr. has been included in Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW) "Virginia's Go To Lawyers" group of honorees in Medical Malpractice law. According to VLW, this program recognizes top lawyers across the Commonwealth who are leaders in their field with a long record of success. "I am honored for this recognition provided by my peers," said ...
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29 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as 2021 Legal Elite

Twenty-nine Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as 'Legal Elite' for 2021 by Virginia Business magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition every year. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, Civil Litigation Mark S. Brennan, Sr., Richmond | Health Law Dean T. Buckius, Labor/Employment Deborah ...
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Karen Elligers Joins Vandeventer Black’s ERISA & Employee Benefits and Trust & Estate Planning Team

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that Karen Elligers is joining our firm as Of Counsel. Elligers's primary focus is on complex trusts and estates. "I am excited to join Vandeventer Black's interdisciplinary team of attorneys and to continue to serve clients within my areas of experience, as well as benefit them with other market-leading legal services provided at the firm," said Elligers. In ...
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Vandeventer Black LLP has been ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms” list

Vandeventer Black LLP has been ranked in the 2022 U.S. News - Best Lawyers®' "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 27 practice areas. Firms included in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Vandeventer Black LLP received the following rankings in the 2022 U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms": Norfolk Admiralty & Maritime Law Banking and Finance ...
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Vandeventer Black's Moss and Hague Chosen as VADA’s New Vice Chair of Professional Liability and Vice Chair of Appellate Advocacy

Vandeventer Black’s Moss and Hague Chosen as VADA’s New Vice Chair of Professional Liability and Vice Chair of Appellate Advocacy

Vandeventer Black’s Ashley G. Moss and Tracy Taylor Hague were chosen to serve as the new Vice Chair of Professional Liability and Vice Chair of Appellate Advocacy for the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA) for 2021-22. After serving in these positions for a year, they will then become the Chairs of those Sections for 2022-2023. Ms. Moss is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP ...
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Former Vandeventer Black Summer Associate James Levantino Officially Joins The Firm

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney James Levantino to the firm's Norfolk office. Levantino's practice will focus primarily on maritime-related issues, including experience with international disputes, pollution, marine insurance, personal injuries, and regulatory compliance matters. "Levantino is a great addition to our firm's legal team," said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. "He joins our firm after completing our summer associate ...
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Michael L. Sterling Selected as a 2021 Leader in the Law

Vandeventer Black’s AV® Preeminent-rated attorney and Managing Partner, Michael L. Sterling, was selected as a 2021 Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Sterling is a highly accomplished attorney who has also been recognized among the ‘Virginia Super Lawyers’ by Thompson Reuters and ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers in America. “I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Sterling. Sterling serves ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Peer-Review Recognitions from Best Lawyers

Several Vandeventer Black lawyers were named to the 2022 "Best Lawyers" list, "Lawyers of the Year," and "Ones To Watch," by the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers Publication in America®. Lists are divided by geographic region and practice areas. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. “We would like to ...
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