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Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Attorneys Make Major Showing in Best Lawyers in America

08/18/2022
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When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, the combined strength of the two prestigious law firms created a regional powerhouse. When announcing the firms’ intent to merge, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “[We] look forward to bringing our collective talent and a wider range of specialties to clients as we grow stronger together.”

The first legal rankings released since the merger back those assertions, with 66 WRVB attorneys in 133 practice areas being named to the annual list of Best Lawyers in America®. With more than 130 WRVB attorneys practicing across five Virginia locations, more than half received this honor.

Attorney Christopher Ambrosio was listed for the firm time in the Real Estate Law category. Eleven attorneys have been listed for at least 25 years.

The full list of honorees by region and practice area is below:

Attorney Practice Area
Charlottesville, VA
Steven W. Blaine Administrative / Regulatory Law
Real Estate Law

 

J. Alden English Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

 

Timothy I. Kelsey

 

Real Estate Law

 

Lynchburg, VA
Bernard C. Baldwin III Corporate Law
Litigation – Trusts and Estates

 

S. Henry (Hank) Creasy

 

Health Care Law

 

Robert (Robin) C. Wood III

 

Commercial Litigation

 

Norfolk, VA
Christopher Ambrosio Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Real Estate Law

 

Anne G. Bibeau

 

Employment Law – Management

 

F. Nash Bilisoly

 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

 

G. William Birkhead

 

Transportation Law

 

Dean T. Buckius Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management

 

Deborah M. Casey

 

Community Association Law

 

Mark T. Coberly Admiralty and Maritime Law
Transportation Law

 

Richard J. Crouch Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Real Estate Law

 

William E. Franczek Arbitration
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Mediation

 

Patrick A. Genzler Construction Law
Environmental Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental

 

Richard S. Guy

 

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

 

James R. Harvey III

 

Construction Law

 

Geoffrey G. Hemphill

 

Tax Law

 

Patrick W. Herman Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tax Law

 

Ray W. King Banking and Finance Law
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Law
Litigation – Real Estate
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Real Estate Law

 

Arlene F. Klinedinst Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management

 

Neil S. Lowenstein Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

 

Bryant C. McGann Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Project Finance Law

 

Richard H. Ottinger

 

Admiralty and Maritime Law

 

Anita O. Poston Corporate Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

 

Edward J. Powers

 

Admiralty and Maritime Law

 

Adam S. Rafal

 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

 

Michael L. Sterling

 

Construction Law

 

Brian L. Sykes

 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

 

Daniel R. Weckstein

 

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

 

Richmond, VA
John K. Byrum, Jr.

 

Administrative / Regulatory Law

 

Douglas M. Palais Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation – Securities
Securities / Capital Markets Law

 

Joseph (Jay E.) Spruill Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law

 

Roanoke, VA  
D. Stan Barnhill Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – First Amendment
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

 

Neil V. Birkhoff Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

 

Victor O. Cardwell Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Claude D. Carter

 

Real Estate Law

 

Francis H. (Chip) Casola Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Real Estate

 

Agnis C. Chakravorty Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Michael E. Hastings Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

 

Michael J. Hertz

 

Trade Secrets Law

 

Patice L. Holland Insurance Law
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Railroad Law

 

Nicole F. Ingle

 

Real Estate Law

 

James W. Jennings Jr. Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Railroad Law

 

R. Neal Keesee Jr.

 

Corporate Law

 

Fourd Kemper

 

Securities / Capital Markets Law

 

Talfourd H. Kemper Corporate Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts and Estates

 

Alton L. Knighton Jr. Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Project Finance Law
Public Finance Law

 

C. Carter Lee

 

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

 

Mark D. Loftis Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Technology Law

 

Joshua F. P. Long

 

Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Richard C. Maxwell Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

 

J. Lee E. Osborne

 

Trusts and Estates

 

Thomas T. Palmer

 

Health Care Law

 

Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow Health Care Law
Litigation – Health Care
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

 

Matthew P. Pritts Railroad Law
Transportation Law

 

Nancy Fuller Reynolds

 

Health Care Law

 

Brooke C. Rosen

 

Family Law

 

Alexander I. Saunders Corporate Law
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

 

Christopher W. Stevens Insurance Law
Litigation – Insurance

 

Daniel C. Summerlin III Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

King F. Tower Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management

 

Thomas M. Winn III Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Dudley F. Woody (retired) Employment Law – Management

Other acknowledgments given to WRVB attorneys include Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” and “Lawyer of the Year” lists.

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive evaluation. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to ensure they are in current practice and in “good standing.”  Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

About Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC

Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black combines the forces of Woods Rogers, founded in Roanoke in 1893, and Vandeventer Black, established in Norfolk in 1883. The new firm continues to promote the original firms’ principles of mutual respect, community leadership, and unwavering dedication to client service. The combined firm of more than 130 attorneys provides enhanced legal expertise for Virginia businesses, including the growing technology and manufacturing corridors. To learn more, visit wrvblaw.com.

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