Several attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been awarded as Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers for 2019 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa Biz Magazine.

“We are proud of our attorneys for receiving this distinction as it is a solely peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty,” said Michael L. Sterling, managing partner and a recipient of this award. ┬áThe lawyers receiving these honors are:

Attorneys for Non-Profit

  • Anita O. Poston

Arbitration and Mediation

  • William E. Franczek

Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

  • Edward J. Powers

Banking and Financial

  • Bryant C. McGann

Civil Trial

  • Richard H. Ottinger


  • James R. Harvey
  • Neil S. Lowenstein
  • Michael L. Sterling

Environmental and Land Use

  • Patrick A. Genzler

Government and Administrative

  • Daniel R. Weckstein

Intellectual Property Rights

  • Jane D. Tucker


  • Anthony J. Mazzeo

Labor and Employment

  • Anne G. Bibeau
  • Dean T. Buckius

Real Estate

  • Christopher Ambrosio
  • Richard J. Crouch


  • Geoffrey G. Hemphill

Will, Trusts, and Estates

  • Patrick W. Herman


Other National Awards

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.