Annually, Virginia Business Magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant the ‘Legal Elite Awards’. For 2016, twenty-two Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected for this recognition. Lawyers are nominated by their peers for each category.

“Our legal team puts in their heart and soul to ensure the well-being of our clients. They work hard to be consistently recognized for outstanding work,” said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner. “To be selected as part of Virginia’s Legal Elite is a testament to this, and to the respect our attorneys have among their peers.”

The twenty-two attorneys selected are:
Alternative Dispute Resolution: William E. Franczek
Appellate Law: James C. Cosby
Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights: Jeremy R. Moss
Business Law: Christopher Ambrosio
Civil Litigation: John R. Lockard
Construction: Michael L. Sterling, Neil S. Lowenstein, and Gretchen M. Ostroff
Corporate Counsel: Richard S. Guy
Criminal Law: Trey R. Kelleter
Environmental Law: Patrick A. Genzler
Health Law: Mark S. Brennan Sr.
Intellectual Property: Jane D. Tucker
Labor & Employment: Anne G. Bibeau, Arlene F. Klinedinst, and Dean T. Buckius
Legal Services/Pro Bono: Robert L. O’Donnell
Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative: Anthony Mazzeo
Real Estate/Land Use: Richard J. Crouch
Taxes/Estates/Trust/Elder Law: Geoffrey G. Hemphill
Young Lawyer (under 40): Sean M. Golden and James B. Rixey III

Previous recognitions for Vandeventer Black attorneys include: Virginia’s Business Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year and Virginia Super Lawyers, among others. Additionally, the firm’s attorneys are active within various local and charitable organizations.

About Vandeventer Black LLP

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. Headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany. For more information, visit

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