71 WRVB Attorneys Named to 2023 "Legal Elite" and Five Named as Rising Stars


Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) is pleased to announce that 71 of our attorneys have been included among Virginia Business magazine's 2023 "Legal Elite" list, with five named as "Rising Stars."

WRVB has a long tradition of hiring and keeping attorneys known for their legal excellence and for earning the respect of their clients and peers. The inclusion of over half of WRVB attorneys shows the firm’s commitment to the legal profession, community leadership, and client service.

Every year attorneys across Virginia nominate their peers for Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite rankings. For more than 20 years the publication, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, has asked lawyers to name their peers who are top attorneys in Virginia in their practices.

The following attorneys were named in the 2023 Legal Elite list. To view the full announcement, click here.

Christopher Ambrosio Business Law
D. Stan Barnhill Construction Law
Timothy J. Bechen Intellectual Property
Anne G. Bibeau Labor/Employment Law
F. Nash Bilisoly Appellate Law
Neil V. Birkhoff Taxes/Estates/Trusts
Mark S. Brennan Civil Litigation
Dean T. Buckius Labor/Employment Law
John K. Byrum Administrative/Government/Legislative
Victor O. Cardwell Labor/Employment Law
Vanessa Steltenpohl Carter Real Estate/Land Use
Deborah M. Casey Real Estate/Land Use
Francis H. Casola Civil Litigation
W. Thomas Chappell Appellate Law
S. Henry "Hank" Creasy Health Law
Richard J. Crouch Real Estate/Land Use
Jed Donaldson Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
Jennifer L. Eaton Legal Services/Pro Bono
J. Alden English Real Estate/Land Use
Nathan A. Evans Intellectual Property
John W. Francisco Construction Law
William Franczek Alternative Dispute Resolution
Jonathan V. Gallo Cybersecurity/Data Privacy/Technology
Patrick A. Genzler Environmental Law
Richard S. Guy Corporate Counsel
Tracy Taylor Hague Health Law
James R. Harvey Construction Law
Michael E. Hastings Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
Elizabeth B. Heddleston Health Law
Geoffrey G. Hemphill Taxes/Estates/Trusts
Patrick W. Herman Taxes/Estates/Trusts
Michael J. Hertz Business Law
Sarah W. Houck Family Law/Domestic Relations
Nicole F. Ingle Real Estate/Land Use
R. Neal Keesee Intellectual Property
Talfourd H. Kemper Business Law
Ray W. King Real Estate/Land Use
Alton L. Knighton Business Law
Mark D. Loftis Civil Litigation
Joshua F. P. Long Civil Litigation
Neil S. Lowenstein Construction Law
Richard C. Maxwell Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
Anthony J. Mazzeo Administrative/Government/Legislative
Elaine D. McCafferty Appellate Law
Ashley G. Moss Administrative/Government/Legislative
J. Lee E. Osborne Taxes/Estates/Trusts
Richard Ottinger Civil Litigation
Thomas T. Palmer Health Law
Dustin M. Paul Civil Litigation
Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow Alternative Dispute Resolution
Nancy F. Reynolds Health Law
Brooke C. Rosen Family Law/Domestic Relations
J. Benjamin Rottenborn Civil Litigation
William H. Shewmake Real Estate/Land Use
Justin E. Simmons Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
Eric J. Sorenson Business Law
Michael L. Sterling Administrative/Government/Legislative
Christopher W. Stevens Civil Litigation
Leah M. Stiegler Labor/Employment Law
Daniel C. Summerlin Environmental Law
King F. Tower Labor/Employment Law
Autumn R. Visser Business Law
Beth Burgin Waller Cybersecurity/Data Privacy/Technology
Daniel R. Weckstein Construction Law
Thomas M. Winn Labor/Employment Law
Joshua C. Wykle Taxes/Estates/Trusts

The following were named as Rising Stars.

R. Patrick Bolling Young Lawyer
Nicholas A. Mirra Young Lawyer
Gaela R. Normile Young Lawyer
T. Duggan O'Dea Young Lawyer
James B. Rixey Young Lawyer


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