Daniel Salmon, a recent J.D. graduate from the Washington University in St. Louis, has joined Vandeventer Black as an attorney in the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group and will be assisting clients out of their Norfolk office. Salmon began his legal career as part of the firm’s Summer Associate Program in 2018.
“I am honored and excited to join Vandeventer Black not only for the professional experience that I am already gaining from the firm but also for the opportunity to be a part of the culture that the firm has created,” said Salmon. “With respect to practical experience, the firm has hundreds of years of legal experience on hand, willing to mentor young associates. In addition to professional development, I have gotten to know the people that make up the firm, outside of the work environment. Vandeventer Black has a great mix of opportunities to do so, like planned social events, firm-sponsored community service events, and an informal weekly gathering of many of the firm’s attorneys. Even during interviews, Vandeventer Black stood out to me because I felt that the firm was truly looking at me as a prospective long-term member of its community, rather than simply viewing me as another cog in the billable machine.”
During law school, Daniel completed the InSITE Fellowship, where he worked on several interdisciplinary teams that provided consulting services to early-stage start-up companies. Prior to attending law school, Salmon received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Afterward, he spent four years with the Department of Defense as a civilian Systems Engineer, where he performed test engineer functions onboard U.S. Navy submarines and contributed to software development efforts to support non-propulsion electronic systems upgrades during shipyard availabilities. While with the DoD, Daniel completed his MBA at the College of William & Mary.
“Our firm is continuing to grow, and part of our growth strategy is providing up-and-coming lawyers the opportunity to formally join our firm as practicing attorneys once they pass the bar,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner. “The success of our Summer Associate program is evident by the significant number of our attorneys who began their legal careers at Vandeventer Black.”
Vandeventer Black has a strong emphasis on talent acquisition and expanding its already diverse legal services. The firm has recruited four new attorneys within the last two months to join their growing Business, Medical Malpractice, Commercial Real Estate, and now their Construction and Government Contracts Practice Groups.