Ten WRVB Attorneys Named “Ones to Watch”


Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) is a firm where young attorneys are both challenged and supported. They are given the opportunity to do sophisticated work while being mentored by senior attorneys at the top of their field. Reflecting our commitment to developing legal talent, ten WRVB attorneys in four cities were named to the annual list of “Ones to Watch”   in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers of America.

Attorney Daniel Stephens was listed for the first time in Real Estate Law. The full list of honorees by region and practice area is below.

Lynchburg, VA

Patrick Bolling
Labor and Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Norfolk, VA

Thomas Chappell
Appellate Practice

James B. Rixey III
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law

Daniel Stephens
Real Estate Law

Richmond, VA

Pietro Sanitate
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Leah M. Stiegler
Labor and Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Roanoke, VA

Zachary S. Agee
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Susan E. B. Cook
Intellectual Property Law

Elizabeth Barry Heddleston
Health Care Law

Justin E. Simmons
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Other acknowledgments given to WRVB attorneys include listings on Best Lawyers in America and “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive evaluation. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to ensure they are in current practice and in “good standing.” Lawyers who have been in private practice for 5-9 years are eligible to be nominated for the “Ones to Watch” list. Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

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