Community Impact Awards: Vandeventer Black LLP
By Barrett Baker
101 W. Main Street, 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk
Number of Employees: 100+
Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business law firm. Their attorneys include qualified arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association, architects and mechanical, chemical and civil engineers. Others hold MBAs or other advanced degrees in their areas of practice and are recognized by their peers as being among the best in the legal profession. They focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors, including bankruptcy and collections, commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, criminal defense, director and officer liability, eminent domain and land use, environmental, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), intellectual property, labor and employment, maritime and admiralty, professional liability, regulatory compliance, trust and estate planning and workers’ compensation. Their accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.
Here in Coastal Virginia, they are committed to serving the needs of their clients and the communities in which they live, work and play. In keeping with those values, they support more than 35 local nonprofit organizations each year, including veterans, the Armed Forces, education, social welfare, religion, animals, children, the arts, people with disabilities, healthcare, diversity and professional development, to name a few. Their employees take a very active role in selflessly donating money, volunteering and providing in-kind donations.
Some of their community partnerships have been with Eggleston Services, Inc., Salvation Army, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, American Heart Association, United Way, Special Olympics, rescue Squads, fire department, UDT-Seal Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club. In addition, their attorneys actively serve on the committees and boards of banks, hospitals, colleges, museums, professional associations, industry associations and various nonprofit organizations in the area. Their professional and leadership skills allow these organizations to better serve their communities.
Vandeventer’s partnership with Eggleston has provided employees with the opportunity to become involved with Camp Civitan, a campground for disabled children.
For this year’s Legal Food Frenzy Vandeventer raised a total of 65,353 pounds of food, which equates to approximately 605 pounds of food donated per person, as well as over $12,000 in cash contributions. They have been a part of this initiative since its inception 11 years ago.
Over the past five years, they have raised more than $82,000 for United Way of South Hampton Roads.
In addition to the firm’s contributions, the Vandeventer Black Foundation, which was established in 2005, allows the firm to support a broad array of nonprofit organizations working to enhance the quality of life for the people of Coastal Virginia. The Foundation’s long-term goal is to award grants to support various charitable purposes in local communities.
For their efforts, they have been recognized by VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads with “The Good Corporate Neighbor Award.”
To our company, community impact looks like leaving an imprint on our community by giving back in multiple ways to those who need it the most.