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Three WRVB Women Attorneys Assume Leadership Roles with the VADA

Author(s):
Ashley G. Moss, Tracy Taylor Hague
WRVB is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to leadership roles with the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA) for 2022-23. Tracy Hague becomes Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Section with Elaine McCafferty serving as Vice Chair. Ashley Moss becomes Chair of the Professional Liability Section. The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys assists Virginia attorneys in the professional and ethical representation of ...
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WRVB Welcomes Alli Mentch to the Norfolk Office

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
WRVB is pleased to welcome Alli Mentch as an Associate in the Norfolk office.  She is joining the Litigation practice group. After graduating law school, Alli served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michelle J. Atkins and David W. Lannetti of the Norfolk Circuit Court. Alli received her J.D. (order of the coif, magna cum laude) from William & Mary Law School. During her ...
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U.S Court of Appeals victory for West’s Defence Member in defeating a contractual bunker supplier’s claim for payment – WRVB’s Powers and Paul acted in the case for Memebers

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Vandeventer Black
From West of England - https://www.westpandi.com/  >> Owners, the Club’s Member, time chartered their vessel to Bostomar Bulk Shipping Pte Ltd. As is usual under the terms of a time charter party, charterers were responsible for supplying and paying for bunkers and the charter (which was subject to Singapore arbitration) also included a clause stating “Charterers will not suffer, nor permit to be continued, any ...
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Deborah M. Casey Selected as a 2022 Leader in the Law Honoree

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Deborah M. Casey
Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Vice-Chair and Principal, Deborah M. Casey, has been named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW) for 2022. Attorneys receive this distinction by demonstrating a commitment to their profession by lobbying for changes in the law, impacting Virginia’s justice system, and their community involvement. Casey has also been recognized as an "Influential Women of the Year" by Virginia ...
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WRVB Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Roanoke and Norfolk

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, it was a natural fit for two prestigious Virginia firms. From the beginning, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “Mutual respect, cooperation, community leadership, and an unwavering dedication to client service are deeply rooted traits our firms have in common.” Demonstrating the new firm’s deep legal experience and commitment to their profession, ten ...
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Ten WRVB Attorneys Named “Ones to Watch”

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, the combination of two prestigious law firms expanded services for clients and created new growth opportunities for young attorneys. When discussing the merger, Victor Cardwell, WRVB’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, often said the merged firm will become a destination for Virginia’s next generation of attorneys. In the first legal ...
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Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Attorneys Make Major Showing in Best Lawyers in America

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
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 ...
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Jennifer L. Eaton Returns as a Principal to the firm’s Litigation Practice Group

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Junius P. Fulton III at the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Jennifer “Jenny” L. Eaton rejoins the recently merged firm of Woods Roger Vandeventer Black PLC as a Principal. Her appellate clerkship compliments her previous circuit court clerkship providing her additional experience in serving clients in complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. Jenny’s legal ...
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Ross Broudy Joins Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Litigation Team

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Ross Broudy
Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Ross Broudy to the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Broudy’s practice will focus primarily on litigation-related issues, including commercial litigation, corporate law, cannabis law, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy & collections, and maritime & admiralty. "Ross is a great addition to our legal team," said James R. Harvey, Managing Partner for the Norfolk office. “His ...
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Edward J. Powers Elected as Secretary of The Maritime Law Association of the United States

Author(s):
Edward J. Powers
Vandeventer Black LLP partner, Edward J. Powers, has been elected Secretary of The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). The MLA was founded in 1899 with the objectives of advancing reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States, facilitating justice in its administration, promoting uniformity in its enactment and interpretation, and furnishing a forum for the discussion and consideration of problems affecting ...
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Michael Sterling and Anita Poston Named to Inside Business’ 2022 Power List

Author(s):
Michael L. Sterling, Anita O. Poston
Vandeventer Black’s Managing Partner, Michael L. Sterling, and Senior Partner, Anita O. Poston, have been included in Inside Business’ 2022 Power List. According to Inside Business, the Power List includes "the people who have the most influence shaping Hampton Roads."   Michael L. Sterling serves on Vandeventer Black's Executive Board as Managing Partner, and he has Chaired the firm's Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group, Practice Management Committee, and Dispute Resolution Services. His practice concentrates ...
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Attorney Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter Joins Vandeventer Black

Author(s):
Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter
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

Author(s):
Summy, Greg E.
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

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
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

Author(s):
W. Thomas Chappell
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

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
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

Author(s):
Christopher Ambrosio
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

Author(s):
Joe Romero
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

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
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

Author(s):
Vandeventer Black
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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