Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are:

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

Richmond, VA
Stephan F. Andrews: Construction Law / Litigation – Construction
Douglas M. Palais: Insurance Law / Litigation – Securities / Securities – Capital Markets Law
James W. Walker: Commercial Litigation / Litigation – Construction

In addition to Best Lawyers®, other recognitions granted to Vandeventer Black attorneys include: Virginia’s Business Magazine ‘Legal Elite’, ‘Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia’ by Coastal Virginia Magazine, ‘Super Lawyers’ and ‘Rising Stars’ by Super Lawyers, as well as several recognitions given by respected bar associations. For more information, please visit
About Vandeventer Black LLP
Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883 that is 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 located in Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany.


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