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Vandeventer Black’s general litigation team represents clients in a broad range of litigation and arbitration matters. Our interdisciplinary 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 the areas of construction, public contracts, maritime, real estate, land use, condemnation, utilities, environmental, municipal and utilities litigation and dispute resolution.

Our commercial litigation attorneys focus on disputes specifically related to the course of doing everyday business, including commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, real estate matters, labor & employment, as well as tax and estate issues.

In the areas of tort litigation and insurance defense, our litigators are experienced in defending a variety of matters including cases involving toxic torts, personal injury, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, subrogation claims and property loss claims. Our attorneys are well-equipped to handle any size claim, from minor to multi-million dollar matters.

With its 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 promote 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.

Other areas of litigation that we regularly handle include professional liability defense for engineers, architects, physicians, accountants and lawyers, medical malpractice defense, as well as condemnation and land use issues for municipalities and utility companies, and community associations issues.

Our attorneys are licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania 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. 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.

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.

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