Vandeventer Black and Woods Rogers to Merge, Forming Virginia-Based Powerhouse Law Firm

Offshore Wind

With over 135 years representing local, national, and international businesses in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Vandeventer Black can represent businesses involved in all aspects of offshore wind energy. Our cross-disciplinary team of attorneys and support professionals can guide businesses during project financing, construction, and operation. In addition, we can assist with issues unique to contractors and suppliers of the industry.

Maritime, Transportation, and Logistics Support

Vandeventer Black is one of the oldest and most experienced maritime law firms in the Mid-Atlantic Region and has extensive experience representing entities involved in a wide variety of maritime, terminal operations, other transportation activities, and domestic and international marine underwriters. Vandeventer Black can assist in negotiating and contracting for ocean, air, and surface transportation of high-value components — such as turbine towers, nacelles, hubs, blades, and generators — critical for wind development. Our maritime attorneys counsel clients on offshore wind project-related issues such as construction and other project-related contracts, financing and registration of vessels and other marine equipment, citizenship, and compliance with U.S. cabotage laws, including the Jones Act and Passenger Vessel Services Act.

Federal and State Permitting and Regulatory Support

Vandeventer Black has significant experience with Federal, State, and local environmental permitting, acquisition of land rights, construction, littoral rights, seabed permitting, and project schedules. We appear on our clients’ behalf at zoning hearings regarding variances, special exceptions, and conditional uses. Our Environmental attorneys have extensive experience with environmental planning and natural resource protection statutes that can have significant impacts on project schedules and permitting. This includes compliance with the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and state equivalents. Several of the attorneys in our environmental practice have degrees in engineering or natural sciences.


Vandeventer Black’s construction and government contracts practice includes projects of all types and complexities and matters involving the broad array of project participants locally, regionally, and nationally, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors and suppliers, and design professionals as well as sureties, insurers, and others involved in the planning and performance of projects. Our practice group members include attorneys with field experience, civil and mechanically degreed engineers, a registered professional engineer, and a registered architect with extensive experience in forensic architecture. Those experiences allow us to provide unique, positive, value-added, and solutions-oriented advice for our clients in the construction and government contracts industries, including respecting contract negotiations and preparations; contract compliance; regulatory compliance; claims management; payment; socioeconomic programs; dispute avoidance; and, when necessary, dispute resolution.  

Real Estate Support

Vandeventer Black’s Real Estate Practice is widely recognized for our ability to complete complex real estate transactions. We are experienced in managing real estate issues in connection with energy project development, including ground leases, option agreements, zoning, land use, and development matters. We provide real estate services for energy project development in the areas of right of way, easements, substation interconnection, approvals from local zoning and land use agencies, and real estate due diligence.

Corporate Support

Vandeventer Black has assisted international companies in establishing their corporate structure in the United States, including project-specific joint ventures, the establishment of U.S. subsidiaries, and advice on complex challenges faced with international companies dealing with U.S. Government agencies. Our attorneys also assist companies with export/import compliance, including the sharing of controlled information within multi-national companies.

An important role of counsel is to provide advice and guidance on the legal aspects and implications of contemplated actions or activities. We understand that many decisions require an assessment of the potential legal, political, and economic risks and rewards. Vandeventer Black has the depth and experience to provide valuable help with such assessments. Our size and collective experience allow us to offer you the best legal advice available with the personal attention and value you might expect from a much smaller firm.

Our attorneys are licensed in various states, including Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and have handled matters nationally and internationally.

Selecting the right firm is the best decision you can make. Let us help your business move forward in the offshore wind industry.

See what our legal team can do for your business.

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