Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Skip Navigation LinksHome > Attorneys Search > Company Display
Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys
General Defense
101 West Main Street
500 World Trade Center
Norfolk, Virginia 23510Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 757-446-8600
Fax: 757-446-8670
www.VanBlackLaw.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Press Releases
Announcements
Clicking here will take you to this social media’s external website.  These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by A.M. Best. A.M. Best bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content and privacy policies.Clicking here will take you to this social media’s external website.  These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by A.M. Best. A.M. Best bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content and privacy policies.
Established: 1883

Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA
  • General Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Surety
  • Fidelity
  • Estate Planning
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Licensing Board Reputation
  • Finance
  • Community Associations
  • Corporate Formation/Representation
  • Financial Services & Securities
  • International Business
  • Ship Repair and Ship Building
  • Trust and Estate
  • Tax Law
  • White Collar Defense
Back To Top

About Us
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 Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.

At Vandeventer Black, you will know that you are important. Our size and collective experience allow us to offer you the best legal advice available with the personal attention and value you might expect from a much smaller firm.

We take an integrative approach to client services. Vandeventer Black is an AV® rated business law firm that represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Our attorneys include qualified arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association, architects, and mechanical, chemical and civil engineers. Others hold MBAs or other advanced degrees in their areas of practice and are recognized by their peers as being among the best in the legal profession.

When you sit down with us, we will bring the highest level of legal talent to the table. Our expertise spans many disciplines, including bankruptcy and collections, commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, criminal defense, director and officer liability, eminent domain and land use, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, labor and employment, professional liability, regulatory compliance, trust and estate planning, and workers’ compensation. Vandeventer Black routinely represents clients in administrative proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, litigation, and appeals.

Our attorneys are leaders in the legal profession, organizations and associations, and our communities. Our attorneys serve as members on boards of banks, hospitals, colleges, museums, professional associations, industry associations, and are actively involved in many community organizations. At Vandeventer Black, we believe in giving back to our local communities. We support a variety of charitable organizations, such as Eggleston Services, Special Olympics, food banks, rescue squads, fire departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, and United Way, among others. In 2005, we established the Vandeventer Black Foundation, which supports many community causes.

When you choose to place your trust in our team, we’ll bring the legal resources and specialized knowledge that you need. As our client you’ll get the benefit of our legal expertise, our experienced insight, and our commitment to serve you, our client. Put our history and team on your side!
Back To Top

Additional Locations
Richmond, Virginia
Riverfront Plaza, West Tower
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1600
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Telephone: 804-237-8800
Fax: 804-237-8801
Raleigh, North Carolina
434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2000
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Telephone: 919-754-1171
Fax: 919-754-1317
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
8 Juniper Trail
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
Telephone: 252-261-5055
Fax: 252-261-8444
Back To Top

Client Information
Insurance Clients
Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd.British Marine Mutual P & I Insurance Association Ltd.
Chartis InsuranceChubb Group of Insurance Companies
Commercial Union Insurance CompanyEmployers Insurance Company of Wausau
Fireman's Fund Insurance CompanyGreat American Insurance Company
The Hartford Insurance GroupHudson Insurance Group
Liberty International UnderwritersSignal Mutual Indemnity Association
Standard Steamship Owners Protection & Indemnity AssociationSteamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited
The Travelers Companies, Inc.West of England Ship Owners Protection and Indemnity Association
XL Insurance
Back To Top

Personnel Information
Attorneys
Michael L. Sterling
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1985
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1985
Back To Top

Stephan "Hobie" F. Andrews
Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 2006
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1984
Back To Top

R. John Barrett
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1981
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1981
Back To Top

F. Nash Bilisoly
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
Education:
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979
Back To Top

Mark S. Brennan Sr.
Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
  • West Virginia, 1993
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • North Carolina
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986
Back To Top

Dean Buckius
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1984
  • North Carolina, 1993
Education:
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Back To Top

Mark Coberly
Norfolk, VA & Hamburg, Germany
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1978
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1978
Back To Top

James C. Cosby
Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986
Back To Top

David P. Ferrell
Raleigh, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1996
Education:
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Back To Top

James R. Harvey
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1996
  • Maryland
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1996
Back To Top

Trey Kelleter
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1997
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1997
Back To Top

Arlene F. Klinedinst
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Virginia, 1990
Education:
  • Temple University, J.D., 1986
Back To Top

John R. Lockard
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1994
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1994
Back To Top

Neil S. Lowenstein
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1989
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2004
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1989
Back To Top

Robert L. O'Donnell
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1975
  • North Carolina, 1993
  • West Virginia
Education:
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1975
Back To Top

Richard Ottinger
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1996
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1996
Back To Top

Douglas M. Palais
Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1980
Education:
  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1978
Back To Top

Edward J. Powers
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1990
  • North Carolina, 1998
  • New York
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1990
Back To Top

Adam S. Rafal
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1995
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1995
Back To Top

Norman W. Shearin
Raleigh, NC & Kitty Hawk, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1971
Education:
  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 1971
Back To Top

Brian L. Sykes
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1998
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Back To Top

Kimberley Herson Timms
Norfolk, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1986
Back To Top

James W. Walker
Richmond, VA
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1988
Education:
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1988
Back To Top

Press Releases
17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite

Brekke Powers Elected to President of Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce

Local Attorney is appointed by the American Arbitration Association

Four Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Prestigious Peer Rating

12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers

2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars

24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016

12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers

Richard Ottinger Appointed to Board of Directors of Norfolk Economic Development Authority

Vandeventer Black LLP Awarded for Support of Virginia Food Bank

Jeremy Moss Selected as Chair of the Virginia Legislative Action Committee of Community Associations

Vandeventer Black 15th Largest Law Firm in Virginia

22 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists

Four Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year for 2017

Vandeventer Black LLP Partner Named College of Commercial Arbitrators Fellow

Vandeventer Black LLP Relocates its Richmond Office

Young Attorneys Keep Moving Forward in Firm

2017 Virginia Super Lawyers

Elected Executive Board Members

Michael D. Pierce Joins Vandeventer Black's Norfolk Office
Back To Top

Announcements
Douglas Palais Joins Richmond’s Vandeventer Black LLP
Back To Top