Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
January 10th, 2022

Norfolk, VA (January 5, 2022) –Attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2022. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty.

“We feel very proud of our legal team accomplishments for the high level of proficiency within their specialization”, said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner.

This year, 30 Vandeventer Black attorneys received the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyer Awards for the Hampton Roads area including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake. The recognized attorneys are:

Appellate Law

F. Nash Bilisoly

W. Thomas Chappell

Dustin M. Paul

Arbitration & Mediation

William E. Franczek

Banking & Financial

Bryant C. McGann

Business Law   

Christopher Ambrosio

Commercial Litigation

Richard Ottinger

Edward J. Powers


James R. Harvey

Neil S. Lowenstein

Michael L. Sterling

Government & Administrative

Daniel R. Weckstein

International Law

Anthony J. Mazzeo

Intellectual Property Rights

Jane D. Tucker

Labor & Employment

Anne G. Bibeau

Dean T. Buckius

Arlene F. Klinedinst

Land Use Environment

Patrick A. Genzler

Real Estate

Richard J. Crouch

Ray W. King

James B. Rixey, III

Tax Law

Geoffrey G. Hemphill

Technology Virtual

Jonathan V. Gallo


Anita O. Poston

Patrick W. Herman

Workers’ Compensation

Megan B. Caramore

Dustin T. Narcisse

Adam S. Rafal

Brian L. Sykes

Kimberley Herson Timms

CoVaBiz Magazine is just one of many publications bestowing top honors to Vandeventer Black. Previous recognitions for the firm’s attorneys include Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, Leader in the Law, Legal Elite, Up & Coming Lawyer, Virginia Rising Stars, and Virginia Super Lawyers. For more information, visit

About Vandeventer Black LLP

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883 dedicated to responsiveness and results while delivering internationally recognized legal solutions. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia’s commercial gateway, its accomplished and diverse attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany.