When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, the combined strength of the two prestigious law firms was expected to create a regional powerhouse. When announcing the firms’ intent to merge, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “[We] look forward to bringing our collective talent and a wider range of specialties to clients as we grow stronger together.”

The first legal rankings released since the merger back those assertions, with 66 WRVB attorneys in 133 practice areas being named to the annual list of Best Lawyers in America®. With more than 130 WRVB attorneys practicing across five Virginia locations, more than half received this honor. Three attorneys from WRVB’s Richmond offices were named to this year’s list:

  • John K. Byrum, Jr.: Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Douglas M. Palais: Commercial Litigation | Insurance Law | Litigation – Securities | Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Joseph (Jay E.) Spruill: Banking and Finance Law | Financial Services Regulation Law

Other acknowledgments given to WRVB attorneys include Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” list.

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive evaluation. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to ensure they are in current practice and in “good standing.” Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

About Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC

Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black combines the forces of Woods Rogers, founded in Roanoke in 1893, and Vandeventer Black, established in Norfolk in 1883. The new firm continues to promote the original firms’ principles of mutual respect, community leadership, and unwavering dedication to client service. The combined firm of more than 130 attorneys provides enhanced legal expertise for Virginia businesses, including the growing technology and manufacturing corridors. To learn more, visit wrvblaw.com.

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