Commercial Litigation

135+
Years of
Serving Businesses
40+
Practicing Areas
of Law
50+
Cross-disciplinary
Attorneys
Commercial Litigation

Our commercial litigation team focuses on disputes specifically related to the course of doing everyday business, such as commercial transactions, real estate matters, tax, and estate issues.  Our multidisciplinary approach provides our clients with the benefit of our broad range of industry-specific legal knowledge.

We represent every facet of business.  We are regionally known in the areas of construction, public contractsmaritimereal estate, land use, condemnation, utilitiesenvironmentalmunicipal and utilities litigation, and dispute resolution.

Our general commercial practice includes fidelity and guaranty suretyship, contracts, securities, loan workouts, creditors’ rights, UCC, commercial torts, performance and payment construction bonds, truth in lending, and collection proceedings.  Vandeventer Black is highly reputed in tax and ERISA litigation, as well as sales, use, and local business tax issues.

With respect to real estate litigation, we are experienced in condemnation/land use, title disputes, development, riparian rights, lease disputes, and community association representation. Our labor and employment litigation team is experienced in civil rights defense, wrongful discharge suits, benefits litigation, wage and hour disputes, disability discrimination, workers’ compensation defense, and OSHA/VOSH litigation.

Our attorneys are licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland, with extensive experience in state and federal courts on the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. Our federal court litigation experience includes multi-state litigation.  We are involved in appellate practice in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our attorneys appear before all administrative forums, including the Boards of Contract Appeals, General Accounting Office, Office of Workers’ Compensation, Office of Administrative Law Judges, National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Department of Labor, and other state and federal agencies.

We are focused on resolving cases early through motion practice, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  Because of Vandeventer Black’s depth and experience, we regularly counsel clients on early settlements for meritorious cases as well as questionable claims that call for trial defense.  We understand the importance of preserving our clients’ image and work hand-in-hand with our clients to address the issues surrounding their unique situation and to achieve their goals.

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SBA Issues Final Rule Regarding Affiliation Calculation of Annual Receipts Limitationson Subcontracting and Joint Ventures
Neil Lowenstein
Authored by Neil S. Lowenstein In its Final Rule issued May 31, 2016, the Small Business Administration issued rules implementing the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The Final Rule has a myriad of aspects applicable to awards in various small business programs, and this short summary is not intended to ...
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The Risks of Using Criminal Statutes to Collect Construction Debts
Vandeventer Black
The failure to make payment on a construction contract may not only result in a claim for money damages in a civil lawsuit, but it may also result in a violation of a criminal statute.  For example, Code of Virginia Section 43-13 makes it a felony to use funds received ...
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False Claims Act: The Fourth Circuit’s Triple Canopy Decision
Megan B. Caramore
Authored by attorney Megan Caramore The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, also known as the “Lincoln Law,” is a federal law that imposes liability on individuals and companies (often federal contractors) who defraud the government.  The Act prohibits contractors from presenting the government with a false or fraudulent claim ...
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