Vandeventer Black LLP Listed as the Largest Maritime Law Firm in Virginia

Vandeventer Black LLP Listed as the Largest Maritime Law Firm in Virginia
Vandeventer Black LLP Listed as the Largest Maritime Law Firm in Virginia

The dynamic business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black LLP, was recently listed in the top position of the Virginia maritime law firm’s list for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. With an seasoned team of maritime attorneys, including 15 members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the firm’s expertise extends to all aspects of maritime law including claims for cargo damage, pollution, personal injury, and maritime liens, as well as matters involving collisions, Coast Guard violations and marine financing.  

            “Our firm began as a solo maritime law practice in 1883 and, although maritime is still a core practice area of our firm, we have evolved into a multidisciplinary and multifaceted firm that offers a comprehensive range of business-related legal services,” said Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner.

Vandeventer Black serves as General Counsel to maritime industry organizations and has served as admiralty counsel to local municipalities in maritime litigation involving bridges, pipelines, ferries, and other state-owned maritime facilities. The firm’s attorneys have also served as correspondents for most of the P&I Clubs in the International Group and represent the primary domestic marine underwriters, as well as arbitrators and mediators for maritime-related disputes.

“Thanks to our longstanding history, collective experience, and strategic location in Virginia’s commercial gateway, we serve clients from all over the world with their legal needs,” said Sterling.

Today, the firm has multiple practice areas to help in every business life cycle, including banking and finance, cybersecurity and data privacy, commercial real estate, construction, international business, labor and employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability defense, and tax planning, among others. For more information, please visit


About Vandeventer Black LLP

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

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