Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists

Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists

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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