Vandeventer Black’s Berkley, Elected to the Board of Directors for Colonna’s Shipyard


NORFOLK, VA. – Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that Tom Berkley has been elected to the Board of Directors for Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc.  Founded in 1875, Colonna’s Shipyard is one of the oldest family owned full service private shipyard in the United States. Colonna’s divisions include Colonna Yachts, Colonna Down River, Steel America and Flow Control Technologies.

Colonna’s lifts over 225 vessels a year on average and is one of the leading propulsion conversion yards on the East Coast. Colonna’s Shipyard holds a NAVSEA – Master Ship Repair (MSR), Authorized Boat Repair (ABR) and ISO 9001:2000 Compliant QMS.

Tom has litigated cases before Virginia trial courts, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, federal trial courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and administrative agencies along the East Coast. He has successfully advised and defended maritime and construction clients on numerous matters, including, but not limited to marine terminal operations, maritime contracts, seaman injuries, cargo claims, oil spills, federal and state workers’ compensation claims, fisheries disputes, and recreational boating accidents.

Vandeventer Black lawyers have provided legal services to maritime businesses nationally and internationally since 1883. The firm has offices in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia; Kitty Hawk and Raleigh, North Carolina; Pasadena, California; and Hamburg, Germany.

For more information, please visit or call (757) 446-8600.  Mr. Berkley can be reached directly at (757) 446-8535 or

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