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t’s easy to go through life assuming you may never need to hire a lawyer. But unexpected events happen, and it’s important for individuals, and especially businesses, to be prepared. For this reason, we publish an annual list of Top Lawyers. And while we’re not in a position to give legal advice, we recommend keeping this list of top lawyers in 34 categories on hand—just in case. Meet our Top Lawyer in the category of Business Law on page 52, and learn the ways in which social media is changing the face of law on page 54.

Top Lawyers Of 2017

How were the Top Lawyers determined? Top Lawyers is a nomination-based project in which we ask lawyers in the area to vote for other lawyers in various specialties. We ask the lawyers to vote for lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialties. Nominations were collected from June 13– July 29, 2016, and more than 1,100 attorneys were nominated. This list is a service to readers, giving them a participating lawyer’s perspective regarding the top lawyers in over 30 specialty areas. To complete this nomination project, CoVa Biz contracted DataJoe Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting and tallying the votes. DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers.

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Top Lawyer of Business Law Mark Baumgartner Works To Solve Problems And Help His Clients Find Common Ground In An Ever-Changing Business Market By Barrett Baker

M ... it’s always people with problems that need to be solved in one way or another, and hopefully I can find enough common ground to make win/win solutions for everyone.

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ark Baumgartner grew up in Hawaii but left the comforts of the Aloha State to join the Marine Corps in California. He spent four years there as a jet mechanic, then decided to go back home to be a boat captain and dive instructor for several years. He later ran a photography business, then ran a wholesale company that brought SCUBA diving equipment in from mainland U.S., Malaysia, China and Taiwan to sell to dive shops and hotels in Hawaii. So how did he end up in Coastal Virginia as a lawyer? “Well, I definitely wasn’t following in my father’s footsteps,” Baumgartner says with a laugh. “He was a scientist, and I was the rouge from the technical mold. It sounds cliché, I suppose, but helping people solve their problems was what eventually led me to law school. I had a great time with the businesses I had and enjoyed all of the challenges they presented. But I also saw issues that kept recurring, whether it was with business transitions to successors, businesses being bought and sold and all of the stumbling blocks along the way. I thought I’d get involved on a broader scope to see if I could help.” Baumgartner decided to check out the “other side of the United States” and applied to law school at William & Mary. He loved his time in Williamsburg but eventually missed the ocean. So after graduating, he moved to Virginia Beach in 2000 and joined the firm of Pender & Coward. He’s been there ever since. Much of his business dealings revolve around real estate. It might be that someone has a piece of property and they want to develop it, but they are having trouble with regulatory approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or they are having problems getting a permit from the city. Or it could be that someone is just in the beginning stages and looking to acquire a piece of property. Or maybe someone has gotten into a deal and suddenly there is a problem—they’re not getting along with their partners, or they’re getting pushed out of the company.

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“The great thing about my job is there is no average day, and that’s what keeps it interesting,” Baumgartner says. “There are always new challenges, new twists; the business market is developing, trends change, opportunities change, so it really is interesting. But at the base of it all, it’s always people with problems that need to be solved in one way or another, and hopefully I can find enough common ground to make win/win solutions for everyone.” Baumgartner professes the best part of his job is getting to know his clients and their businesses so he can structure specific solutions. “It really is true that there is no cookie-cutter solution for all the issues that come up,” he says. “The same deal approached by two different people will have two different outcomes, different solutions and different goals. And until you really get to know what your client’s full needs are, it’s hard to structure a transaction or solution that really fits their goals. It’s a lot of fun getting to know people, and it’s always a unique surprise when you start digging a little deeper into what peoples’ particular motivations, needs and outcomes are.” On the flip side of that, he says it sometimes takes time to resolve problems. “Business likes to move fast,” Baumgartner says. “And if there’s a dispute involved, particularly if litigation is required, it’s a long process. So it’s sometimes frustrating not to get the results you want as quickly as you might like.” Quick outcome or slow, the thing that makes Baumgartner good at what he does is his knack for looking at the big picture. “I have a pretty broad base of experience from my background, both on the business side and the legal side,” he says. “So I’ve got a knack for taking a step back and viewing things from both sides of a transaction, or maybe from a completely different point of view, and using that to find a way to forge a solution that hopefully makes everyone happy.”

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Should Lawyers Log In ? Making A Case For Attorneys Using Social Media

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ocial media has dramatically altered how businesses advertise to and communicate with customers, yet lawyers have been reluctant to jump on the social media bandwagon. Many attorneys may recognize the massive potential for reaching millions of people, but they are also wary of the possible dangers lurking behind every status update and friend request. “The use of social media is envied by some in the legal field and feared by others,” says Anthony J. Mazzeo, partner at Vandeventer Black LLP, a law firm in Norfolk. He finds LinkedIn and Facebook useful for keeping in touch with clients and colleagues and encourages fellow attorneys to be more proactive about their involvement on social media. “Most attorneys have a profile on LinkedIn, but that’s usually where it stops,” Mazzeo says. “Many are tied to the old ways of advertising, including television commercials, and I don’t think social media will replace that. Rather, I think they go hand in hand and can complement each other.” The biggest benefit of social media for attorneys is that it puts them top of mind for clients who may need their services. “Whatever sites your clients are using, you should think about using them, too,” Mazzeo says. Since he handles legal matters related to construction and government contracts, he uses LinkedIn to keep his finger on the pulse of the clients and industries he serves. “Appearing on your contacts’ newsfeeds keeps you relevant, so they think to contact you when they have a need,” he says. It’s not enough for lawyers to be on social media; they also must be engaged with their followers. As Mazzeo explains, “You can’t just have an online presence; you have to manage it, and that does take time.” Mazzeo says he spends between one to two hours on social media each week, sharing original content related to his specialties and commenting on others’ updates. “When it comes to social media, attorneys have to do more than dip their toe into the water,” he says. “But until they see the return on their investment, it’s hard to put that precious time into something.” For lawyers who do choose to be active on social media, there is a lot to take into consideration.

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Every state has its own bar association, often with differing rules and guidelines for soliciting on social media. Mazzeo is a member of the Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Florida state bars, and he notes it can be tough for lawyers to navigate the conflicting directives. “The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t do something online that you wouldn’t do in person,” he says. “That means no online sparring matches with colleagues, no improper comments about cases or judges, and don’t disclose client confidentiality.” While it may seem easy to stay out of big trouble online, innocent interactions can also have serious consequences. For instance, answering someone’s question on social media could create an unintentional client-attorney relationship. There can also be ethical questions about who a lawyer is friends with online. “Judges come from law firms, so the person you know as a colleague and friend on Facebook could later become a judge,” Mazzeo says. “You have to ask yourself how you would handle things like that.” While it may be tempting for attorneys to leave all the social media responsibilities up to the firm’s marketing department or forego them altogether, Mazzeo thinks it’s important for lawyers to establish and maintain an online reputation. “People hire attorneys, not firms,” Mazzeo says. “Firms should have a dedicated marketing team to uphold the company’s image and profile within the community, including promoting all of the ways the firms give back to their communities, but when someone needs an attorney, they call an individual. That’s why it’s so important to have your image and information out there.”

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For more than 120 years, the law firm of Wolcott Rivers Gates has been serving individuals and businesses throughout the state of Virginia and beyond. Headquartered in Virginia Beach’s Central Business District their firm possesses a deep background of legal expertise in a variety of areas. Over 30 attorneys make up their team of lawyers all of whom are prepared to provide vigorous and professional representation to clients from the board room to the courtroom. When it matters most, the people and businesses of Hampton Roads call upon the attorneys of Wolcott Rivers Gates for innovative legal solutions. Since 1895 the practice has had a continuous line of succession through four generations of attorneys from the Wolcott family. By way of mergers, partnerships and associations

with other practitioners, Wolcott Rivers Gates has evolved into the impressive law firm that it is today. Their firm’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the practice of law and deep into the Hampton Roads community. Both attorneys and staff currently serve on more than 50 non-profit boards, donating their time and energy to a wide array of charitable causes. At Wolcott Rivers Gates, tradition, excellence and service are unwavering standards. In representing the legal interests of their clients, your success is their mission. The firm of Wollcott Rivers Gates looks forward to continuing their commitment to providing legal services to both businesses and individuals for many years to come.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Top Lawyers David M. Bastiaans Richard E. Biemiller Adam M. Carroll Carl A. Eason Cheshire I. Eveleigh Ronald M. Gates Mark V. Pascucci M. Powell Peters Stephen P. Pfeiffer Glen M. Robertson C. Arthur Robinson, II

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COVABIZ Top Lawyers Adoption, Marital and Family Law Albiston, Debra C. Virginia Beach 757-491-4006 www.kaufCAN.com

Carter, Katherine W. Virginia Beach 757-785-9761 www.hoflaw.com

Christie, George A. Virginia Beach 757-499-9222 www.candklaw.net

Davis, Bobby W.

Virginia Beach 757-491-6241 www.virginiabeachattorney. com

Dixon, Jessica H.

Virginia Beach 757-965-5608 www.cooperlawva.com

Eveleigh, Cheshire I.

Kantor, Barry

Parks, Kellam T.

Kistler, K. Page

Phillips, Kimberly H.

Virginia Beach 757-425-9191

Virginia Beach 757-271-3279 www.kpagekistler.com

Garriott, Richard E. Jr.

Mahoney, Reeves W.

Pincus, Charles L. III

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Flax, Mona S.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6252 www.pendercoward.com

Hamel, Matthew R.

Military Divorce PC Virginia Beach 757-961-3321 www.militarydivorcepc.com

Imbrogno, Peter Jr.

Virginia Beach 757-493-8200 www.imbrognolaw.com

Virginia Beach 757-499-9222 www.candklaw.net

Virginia Beach 757-644-4730 www.mnr-law.com

Maiden, Besianne T. Norfolk 757-625-1214 www.tavss.com

Maurer, Patrick L.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6255 www.pendercoward.com

Virginia Beach 757-453-7744 www.pzlaw.com

Norfolk 757-320-4133 www.phillipspeterslaw.com Virginia Beach 757-301-9634

Richmond, Andrew T. Virginia Beach 757-644-4730 www.mnr-law.com

Russo, Philip L. Jr.

Virginia Beach 757-499-6020 www.philrussojrlaw.com

Smith, Mark S.

Virginia Beach 757-452-6200 www.candklaw.net

Zeigler, Brandon H. Virginia Beach 757-453-7744 www.pzlaw.com

Antitrust Law Betts, J. Edward

Richmond 804-697-4100 www.cblaw.com

Merritt, Craig T. Richmond 804-697-4100 www.cblaw.com

Shumadine, Conrad M. Norfolk 757-628-5525 www.willcoxsavage.com

Appellate Law Emmert, L. S.

Virginia Beach 757-499-8971 www.sykesbourdon.com

Martingayle, Kevin E.

Virginia Beach 757-416-6009 www.bischoffmartingayle.com

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COVABIZ Top Lawyers Thomas, Norman A.

LeCruise, Jamilah D.

Rose, Neil L.

Chapman, James L. IV

Arbritration and Mediation

Lentz, Stephen D.

Williams, Tameeka M.

Holloway, John E.

McDermott, Patrick

Zajac, Jessie C.

Powers, Edward J.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6278 www.pendercoward.com

Nicolaison, Macayla M. Virginia Beach 757-965-5402 www.lentzlawgroup.com

Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

Banking and Financial

Test, Stephen G.

Peters, M. Powell

Berkley, Thomas S.

Attorneys for Non-Profit

Poston, Anita O.

Brogan, Patrick M.

Richmond 804-303-9538 www.normanthomaslaw.com

Franczek, William E. Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8617 http://www.vanblk.com

Rephan, Jack

Virginia Beach 757-499-8800 www.williamsmullen.com

Coombs, Jeffery M.

Virginia Beach 757-965-5402 www.lentzlawgroup.com

Norfolk 757-627-5210 lecruiselaw.com

Virginia Beach 757-965-5402 www.lentzlawgroup.com Newport News 757-447-0518 www.mcdermottward.com

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8641 www.vanblk.com

Virginia Beach 757-628-5588 www.willcoxsavage.com Norfolk 757-627-5423 www.laseva.com Norfolk 757-627-5423 www.laseva.com

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-502-7344 www.pendercoward.com Norfolk 757-622-0100 www.dbmlawfirm.com

Norfolk 757-623-3000 www.cwm-law.com

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8680 www.vandblk.com

Beale, Richard C.

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 https://www.troutmansanders. com

Biemiller, Richard E.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

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COVABIZ Top Lawyers Glenn, Douglas J.

Pfeiffer, Edrie A.

Ferguson, Ryan G.

Lentz, Stephen D.

Gray, Jeffrey H.

Roussos, Robert V.

Goodove, Michael L.

Lynch, John C.

Kelly, Monroe III

Ryan, John M. Jr.

Hunn, Jeffrey A.

Ottinger, Richard H.

Matthews, Richard H.

Business Law

Lockard, John R.

Sawyer, John F.

Lynch, John C.

Sims, Hunter W. Jr.

Manning, Jason E.

Construction

Marks, Jeffrey L.

Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8631 www.vanblk.com

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Virginia Beach 757-622-3366 www.williamsmullen.com Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6256 www.pendercoward.com

McGann, Bryant C.

Vandeventer Black LLP Norfolk 757-466-8627 www.vanblk.com

Stedfast, Jeffrey M. Norfolk 757-624-3242 www.kaufCAN.com

Bankruptcy and Workout

Norfolk 757-422-8472 www.rgblawfirm.com Norfolk 757-333-4500 www.clrbfirm.com

Ambrosio, Christopher Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8628 www.vanblk.com

Baumgartner, Mark R. Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6276 www.pendercoward.com

Frantz, Thomas R.

Norfolk 757-622-3366 www.williamsmullen.com

Gates, Ronald M.

Norfolk 757-622-9005 www.rgblawfirm.com

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Brogan, Ann B.

Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

Barnhart, Kelly M.

Norfolk 757-433-4500 www.clrbfirm.com

Crowley, Karen M. Norfolk 757-333-4500 www.clrbfirm.com

Eason, Carl A.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Marks, Jeffrey L.

Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8528 www.vanblk.com

Parks, Kellam T. Virginia Beach 757-453-7744 www.pzlaw.com

Ramirez, John M.

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com

Spain, Brett A.

Virginia Beach 757-491-4045 www.kaufCAN.com

Norfolk 757-628-5534 www.willcoxsavage.com

McIntyre, John D.

Zemanian, Peter G.

Norfolk 757-961-3900 www.wmlawgroup.com

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Civil Trial Bischoff, William C.

Virginia Beach 757-416-6008 www.bischoffmartingayle.com

Virginia Beach 757-965-2799 www.bischoffmartingayle.com Norfolk 757-275-5000 www.stsg-law.com

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6298 www.pendercoward.com Vandventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8622 www.vanblk.com

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Norfolk 757-624-3000 www.kaufmanandcanoles.com

Parks, Kellam T. Virginia Beach 757-453-7744 www.pzlaw.com

Robertson, Glen M.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Singer, Randy D. Vrginia Beach 757-301-9995 singerlegal.net

Commerical Litgation Bischoff, William C.

Virginia Beach 757-416-6008 www.bischoffmartingayle.com

Ferguson, Ryan G.

Virginia Beach 757-965-2799 www.bischoffmartingayle.com

Gray, Jeffrey H.

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com

Virginia Beach 757-965-5402 www.lentzlawgroup.com Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8673 www.vanblk.com

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6653 www.wolcottriversgates.com Norfolk 757-624-3272 www.kaufCAN.com

Genzler, Patrick A.

Gordon, Jesse B.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6266 www.pendercoward.com

Harvey, James R. III Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8518 www.vanblk.com

Hearne, David A. Chesapeake 757-547-0171

Lascara, William A.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6265 www.pendercoward.com

Lockard, John R. Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8622 www.vanblk.com

Lowenstein, Neil S. Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8672 www.vanblk.com

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COVABIZ Top Lawyers Murphy, Terence

Morecock, Robert G.

Swartz, Jeffrey A.

Oast, William H. III

Norris, John S. Jr.

Pfeiffer, Stephen P.

Woodward, Lawrence H.

Pascucci, Mark V.

Norfolk 757-624-3139 www.kaufCAN.com

Virginia Beach 757-498-7700 www.norrisstclair.com

Test, Stephen G.

Virginia Beach 757-502-7329 www.williamsmullen.com

Sterling, Michael L. Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-466-8626 www.vanblk.com

Winslow, Marshall A. Jr.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Virginia Beach 757-671-6000 www.srgslaw.com

Portsmouth 757-452-6200 www.oasttaylor.com

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Virginia Beach 757-671-6000 www.srgslaw.com

Quick, Timothy J.

Lannetti, Kamala H.

Virginia Beach 757-453-7674 www.quicklegal.net

Robinson, Daymen William X.

Education

Elder Law

Smith, Sandra L.

Robusto, Michael A.

Hook, Andrew H.

Andrews, Mark A.

Stanton, Jennifer T. Norfolk 757-624-3242

Portsmouth 757-452-6200 www.oasttaylor.com

Virginia Beach 757-631-1900 mylawyerkaren.com

Eminent Domain

Virginia Beach 757-399-7506 www.hooklawcenter.com

Manz, Angela N.

Virginia Beach 757-271-6275 www.manzlawfirm.com

Broccoletti, James O.

Norfolk 757-466-0750 www.zobybroccoletti.com

Carroll, Adam M.

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Farashahi, Afshin

Virginia Beach 757-687-8169 www.farashahilaw.com

Gardner, John C.

Virginia Beach 757-464-9224 www.gardnerandmendoza.com

Peters, M. Powell

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Norfolk 757-200-0578 www.dwxrlaw.com

Criminal Defense

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Virginia Beach 757-385-4531 www.vbgov.com/government

Fortier, Karen L.

Virginia Beach 757-427-5094 www.srklawpc.com

Norfolk 757-410-8044 www.markandrewslaw.com

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COVABIZ Top Lawyers Hopkins, Jeremy P.

Norfolk 757-622-5812 www.waldoandlyle.com

Lollar, Charles M.

Pincus, Charles L. III Virginia Beach 757-301-9634

Norfolk 757-644-4657 www.lollarlaw.com

Government and Administrative

Waldo, Joseph T.

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com

Norfolk 757-622-5812 www.waldoandlyle.com

Entertainment Law Byers, Duncan G.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-502-7396 www.pendercoward.com

Verser, Joseph F. NewportNews 757-622-5812 www.hovpic.com

Environmental and Land Use Beaman, Robert P. III

Gardner, Michael

Gillette, Brian J.

Williamsburg 855-873-2604 www.gillettelawgroup.com

Lascara, William A.

Mendoza, Radlyn C.

Virginia Beach 757-464-9224 www.gardnerandmendoza.com

Mijal, Mara S.

Virginia Beach 757-333-7513 www.smimmigrationlaw.com

Serratelli, Arthur

Virginia Beach 757-333-7513 www.smimmigrationlaw.com

Singh, Satnam Norfolk 757-455-8555 www.ailoplc.com

Weckstein, Daniel R.

Charters, A. W.

Norfolk 757-625-1400 www.goodmanallen.com

Dillman, Rodney S.

Lang, James T.

Pero, Erica L.

Oakley, David B.

Virginia Beach 757-499-1841 www.pbp-attorneys.com

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Matthews, Richard H.

Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8632 www.vanblk.com

Virginia Beach 757-499-1841 www.pbp-attorneys.com

Virginia Beach 757-222-9165 www.Bertinilawfirm.com

Casey, Brian N.

Norfolk 757-625-7300 www.taylorwalkerlaw.com

Rashkind, Alan B.

Plumlee, J. B.

Bertini, Lisa A.

Insurance

Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8626 www.vanblk.com

Health Care Law

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com

Labor and Employment

Sterling, Michael L.

Eason, Carl A.

Nutter, R. J. II

Vandventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8663 www.vanblk.com

Norfolk 757-624-9323 www.rhervin.com

Virginia Beach 757-422-8472 www.valverderowell.com

Klein, Gregory W.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-502-7326 www.pendercoward.com

Powers, Katharina-Kristin B.

Valverde, Hugo R.

Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8610 www.vanblk.com

Genzler, Patrick A.

International Law

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Virginia Beach 757-321-6555 www.hdjn.com

Virginia Beach 757-651-4107 www.perolaw.com

Norfolk 757-625-7300 www.taylorwalkerlaw.com Norfolk 757-461-7100 www.furnissdavis.com

Intellectual Property Rights Byers, Duncan G.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-502-7396 www.pendercoward.com

Lockhart, Timothy J.

Immigration Law

Norfolk 757-628-5500 www.willcoxsavage.com

Blackman, Susan R.

Mytelka, Craig L.

Ernest, Anna

Noona, Stephen E.

Lahren, Anne C.

Tucker, Jane D.

Virginia Beach 757-628-5646 www.willcoxsavage.com Norfolk 757-785-0192 www.ernestlaw.net Pender &Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6293 www.pendercoward.com

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Ervin, Reid H.

Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6256 www.pendercoward.com

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Norfolk 757-622-3366 www.williamsmullen.com

Rowell, Roy B. Jr

Virginia Beach 757-422-8472 www.valverderowell.com

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Virginia Beach 757-463-4900 www.daviddickerson.com

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Norfolk 757-955-8545 www.asksullivan.com

Personal Injury Booth, Edwin S.

Virginia Beach 757-460-2707 www.hsinjurylaw.com

Breit, Jeffrey A.

Virginia Beach 757-670-3888 www.breitdrescher.com

Cooper, John M.

Norfolk 757-455-0077 www.cooperhurley.com

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Black, Hugh E. III

Preti, Todd J.

Hernandez, Paul R.

Lonergan, James B.

Carroll, Adam M.

Rack, Kevin B

Nutter, R. J. II

Kubovcik, Andrew D.

Virginia Beach 757-460-2707 www.hsinjurylaw.com Norfolk 757-461-4900 www.kalfusnachman.com

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Virginia Beach 757-965-5402 www.lentzlawgroup.com

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Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6262 www.pendercoward.com

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Virginia Beach 757-671-7088 www.shelleyswainberry.com

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Virginia Beach 757-499-8971 www.sykesbourdon.com

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Norfolk 757-622-3366 www.williamsmullen.com

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Virginia Beach 757-499-8971 www.sykesbourdon.com

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Virginia Beach 757-486-0333 www.joneswalkerandlake.com

Securities Law Norris, John S. Jr.

Virginia Beach 757-498-7700 www.norrisstclair.com

Rose, Thomas M.

Virginia Beach 757-687-7533 www.troutmansanders.com

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Williamsburg 757-209-2700 www.dlarsenlegal.com

Sullivan, David J.

Chesapeake 757-410-8066 www.reavescoley.com

Tax Law Hemphill, Geoffrey G. Vandeventer Black Norfolk 757-446-8528 www.vanblk.com

Robinson, Charles A. II

Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

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Chesapeake 757-41-8044 www.markandrewslaw.com

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Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

Slipow, Larry B.

Virginia Beach 757-427-5094 www.srklawpc.com

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Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

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Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6263 www.pendercoward.com

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Pender & Coward Virginia Beach 757-490-6269 www.pendercoward.com

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Virginia Beach 757-631-1900 www.mylawyerkaren.com

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Virginia Beach 757-687-8888 www.midgettpreti.com

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Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

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Rose, Neil L.

Virginia Beach 7567-687-5500 www.willcoxsavage.com

Thompson, E. Diane

Pender & Coward Suffolk 757-502-7329 www.pendercoward.com

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Norfolk 757-622-8100 www.montagnalaw.com

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Virginia Beach 757-463-4900 www.daviddickerson.com

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Wolcott Rivers Gates Virginia Beach 757-497-6633 www.wolcottriversgates.com

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MATTHEW R. HAMEL VANDEVENTER BLACK LLP 101 W. Main Street 500 World Trade Center Norfolk, VA 23510 757-446-8600 • VanBlackLaw.com Vandeventer Black is an AVŽ rated dynamic business law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing services internationally across a wide variety of legal sectors. Our attorneys are leaders in the legal industry who serve on boards throughout their community, as well as professional associations and organizations. While headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, we also assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.

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Military Divorce, P.C. One Columbus Center, Suite 600, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-961-3321 www.MILdivorce.com Mr. Hamel is the founder of Military Divorce, P.C., a law firm dedicated to serving military service-members and spouses who are seeking attorneys with first-hand knowledge of the military and military-specific family law issues. Prior to establishing Military Divorce, P.C., Mr. Hamel served on active duty as a Navy JAG Attorney and served as a prosecutor, Staff JAG Attorney to multiple Commands and Staffs, as well as volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraq during the Surge. Mr. Hamel focuses his civilian practice on divorce, custody, support and equitable distribution matters.

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