Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.
Attorneys on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and good standing.

Vandeventer Black LLP would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Christopher Ambrosio – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
R. John Barrett – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Anne G. Bibeau – Employment Law – Management
F. Nash Bilisoly – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
G. William Birkhead – Transportation Law
Dean T. Buckius – Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management
Deborah M. Casey – Community Association Law
Mark T. Coberly – Admiralty and Maritime Law and Transportation Law
Richard J. Crouch – Real Estate Law
William E. Franczek – Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, and Mediation
Patrick A. Genzler – Construction Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Construction, and Litigation – Environmental
Richard S. Guy – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
James R. Harvey – Construction Law
Geoffrey G. Hemphill – Tax Law
Patrick W. Herman – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Tax Law
Ray W. King – Banking and Finance Law, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law
Arlene F. Klinedinst – Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management
Neil S. Lowenstein – Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
Bryant C. McGann – Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Project Finance Law
Richard H. Ottinger – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Douglas M. Palais – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Securities, and Securities / Capital Markets Law
Anita O. Poston – Corporate Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Edward J. Powers – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Adam S. Rafal – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Robert N. Saffelle – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Michael L. Sterling – Construction Law
Brian L. Sykes – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Daniel R. Weckstein – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law


About Vandeventer Black LLP
Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883 dedicated to responsiveness and results while delivering internationally recognized legal solutions. Headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, its accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices in Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany. For more information, please visit

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