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Vandeventer Black’s litigation team represents clients in a broad range of litigation and arbitration matters. Our multidisciplinary approach provides our clients with attorneys experienced in numerous industry specific issues aimed at bringing the highest level of legal talent to the table. We are recognized regionally in litigating and dispute resolution in all areas of doing business, including commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, real estate matters, labor and employment, construction, public contracts, maritime, real estate, utilities, environmental, insurance defense, tax and estate, condemnation and land use issues for municipalities and utilities, as well as community associations.

We focus on resolving cases early through motion practice and mediation. We regularly counsel clients on early settlements. We understand the importance of preserving our clients’ images and work hand-in-hand with clients to address the issues surrounding their unique situation and to achieve their goals.

In the areas of tort litigation and insurance defense, our litigators are experienced in defending a variety of matters including claims of toxic torts, personal injury, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, subrogation claims, and property loss claims.

Other areas of litigation that we regularly handle include professional liability defense for physicians and other healthcare providers, accountants, insurance agents, and lawyers. Our attorneys are well-equipped to handle any size claim, from minor to multi-million dollar matters.

With its over 135 years history, Vandeventer Black’s maritime litigation team is nationally known for representing clients in collisions and allisions, vessel foreclosure, charter party disputes, vessel arrests and seizures, enforcement and defense of maritime liens, oil spills and pollution, title disputes, Jones Act claims, Coast Guard proceedings and cargo matters.

Our construction and government contracts team represents clients in mediation and arbitration in an effort to resolve disputes in a cost-efficient manner that also promotes the opportunity for future business interactions. However, we also have an effective litigation practice that focuses on contracts, payments, settlements, claims, terminations and other industry specific disputes.

Our attorneys are licensed in Virginia, as well as other jurisdictions including, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. We have 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 have been involved in appellate practice in the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. We appear before all administrative forums, including the Boards of Contract Appeals, General Accounting Office, Office of Administrative Law Judges, National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Department of Labor, and other state and federal agencies.

Appellate Practice: Standard of Review in Virginia Appellate Courts
W. Thomas Chappell
As discussed in our recent article, the Virginia General Assembly voted to allow most criminal defendants and civil litigants to have an appeal as of right to the Court of Appeals of Virginia starting on January 1, 2022.  This means that Virginia lawyers will spend more time in the Commonwealth’s ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules that the NCAA’s Limits on Education-Related Benefits Violate Federal Antitrust Law
W. Thomas Chappell
In a recent unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States in NCAA v. Alston ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) limits on education-related benefits are invalid under federal antitrust law. This decision will affect compensation rules for student-athletes and is perhaps a sign of potential changes ahead ...
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Virginia Has Created a New Right of Appeal for Civil and Criminal Litigants
W. Thomas Chappell
Until this last legislative session, Virginia was the only state in the nation without a right of appeal from civil judgments and criminal convictions.  However, the most recent General Assembly session passed, and the Governor signed, perhaps the most consequential piece of legislation affecting the Virginia legal system in many ...
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