James W. Walker

Jim walker

07/15/2016Vandeventer Black

Jim is an AV® rated trial lawyer who has tried more than 200 cases to verdict in the federal and state courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Jim focuses on complex civil litigation, including defense of professional malpractice lawsuits against design professionals, accountants and lawyers, construction defects, business and contract disputes, product liability,… Read more »

J. Brandon Sieg

Brandon Sieg

07/15/2016Vandeventer Black

Brandon has broad experience representing professionals.  The majority of Brandon’s practice is devoted to defending architects, engineers, and accountants in malpractice litigation before Virginia’s state and federal trial courts.  In addition to his litigation and trial experience, Brandon also advises and represents professionals in other matters affecting their business such as licensure issues, copyright issues,… Read more »

Andrew P. Selman

Andrew P. Selman

07/15/2016Vandeventer Black

Andrew is an associate in the firm’s Richmond office. Since joining the firm, Andrew has represented businesses and individuals in state and federal court on a variety of litigation matters. Andrew’s experience includes defending architects, engineers and lawyers from professional liability claims, protecting and asserting the interests of banks and businesses, workers’ compensation defense, and… Read more »

Douglas M. Palais

Doug Palais

07/15/2016Vandeventer Black

Doug is a seasoned trial lawyer and counselor with nearly 40 years of experience.  Doug concentrates his practice in Professional Liability; Errors & Omissions Defense of Insurance and Securities Professionals; Directors & Officers Liability Defense; Securities Litigation and Arbitration; Insurance Coverage and Defense;  Legal Malpractice Defense and Financial Institutions and Securities. For decades, he has concentrated on defending a wide… Read more »

Edward (Ned) E. Nicholas, III

Ned Nicholas

07/14/2016Vandeventer Black

Ned has focused on commercial litigation throughout his career. Since 1984 he has concentrated on construction litigation, the defense of professionals, and the defense of directors and officers. Much of his construction work has been for architects and engineers and has included defending against personal injury, delay and other claims.  Ned has also defended accountants… Read more »

Ashley G. Moss

Ashley Moss

07/14/2016Vandeventer Black

Ashley concentrates her practice in medical malpractice defense, professional licensing, personal injury defense, and professional liability defense. Ashley routinely represents hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities, architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals and business entities in a variety of contexts.  She has extensive experience defending malpractice/negligence claims as well as claims for breach of contract, personal… Read more »

Sean M. Golden

Sean M. Golden

07/13/2016Vandeventer Black

Sean’s practice is focused on the areas of professional liability defense, commercial litigation and employment litigation. Sean regularly represents businesses and professionals, including architects, engineers, financial services professionals, accountants and other professional service providers. He has extensive litigation experience in both Virginia state and federal courts, as well as in multiple arbitration forums. Sean regularly… Read more »

Richard J. Crouch

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07/07/2016Vandeventer Black

Richard is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his law practice in business, commercial transactions, and commercial real estate matters. Richard’s business and commercial transactions practice includes commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development, and finance.  He regularly works with real estate acquisition firms, developers, property management groups, commercial tenants and lenders in the structuring… Read more »

James C. Cosby


07/06/2016Vandeventer Black

Jim practices extensively in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration, and regularly represents regional, national and international businesses and individual clients in professional liability matters, in the areas of financial services, commercial real estate, construction and development, distribution, and professional service businesses. He has tried numerous cases involving contractual, intra-corporate and partnership issues, business… Read more »

Mark S. Brennan Sr.

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06/21/2016Vandeventer Black

Mark has over 32 years of extensive trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts. Mark defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing home/long-term care facilities, physical therapists, dentists, and all other varieties of health care providers against medical malpractice wrongful death and personal injury claims. Mark serves as regional counsel for long-term nursing care companies in Virginia. Mark represents and… Read more »