1883. Floyd Hughes opened a solo law practice in Norfolk which was to become Vandeventer Black LLP.
1884. Francis M. Whitehurst became a partner with Mr. Hughes until 1906. During this twenty-one year period, the firm’s name was “Whitehurst and Hughes”.
1906. Mr. Hughes resumed practice under his own name until 1912. (Although the records are not clear, it is believed that Mr. Whitehurst died or retired in 1906 because his name does not appear in the list of lawyers after 1906).
1912. Mr. Hughes was joined by a brilliant young lawyer, Mr. Braden Vandeventer, whose name is the “Vandeventer” in “Vandeventer Black”. Mr. Vandeventer had been practicing in Newport News. The firm’s name became “Hughes and Vandeventer”.
1919. John “Jack” W. Eggleston joined the firm, and shortly thereafter until 1928, the firm’s name became “Hughes, Vandeventer, and Eggleston”.
1928. The firm’s name became “Vandeventer, Eggleston, and Black”. Mr. Hughes retired, and Barron F. Black joined the firm.
1935. Mr. Eggleston became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Virginia’s highest court, and the firm name became Vandeventer and Black, and so it remained until 1948. Justice Eggleston became a highly respected and renowned Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.
1941. Hugh S. Meredith worked for the firm briefly as an associate before entering the Navy in which he served as the CO of a minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Meredith rejoined the firm after the war.
1948. Mr. Meredith became a partner in the firm, and its name became “Vandeventer, Black, and Meredith”. Mr. Black chose not to place his name first even though he was the senior member of the partnership. The firm had been known for so long by its English clients as “the Vandeventer firm” that it would have been shortsighted to lose that designation. Further, Mr. Vandeventer’s son, Braden Vandeventer, Jr., was serving in the US Army in Germany and would join the firm in 1948.
1956. Walter B. Martin, who had joined the firm in 1954 as an associate, became a partner, and the firm’s name was changed to Vandeventer, Black, Meredith & Martin. Mr. Martin went on to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates in the 1970s.
1991. The firm opened an office in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1994. A small London office was opened to provide a platform for the firm’s representation of the London P&I Clubs.
1998. Following a trend in the legal industry, the firm’s name was shortened to “Vandeventer Black LLP” with the gracious consent of Mr. Martin and Mr. Meredith. The firm had grown to over 40 lawyers by 1998.
2000. The firm opened an office in Manteo, North Carolina to accommodate its new partner Daniel Khoury. Sadly, Daniel died of cancer in 2011, and the Manteo office was closed in that year.
2001. The firm opened its Raleigh, North Carolina office.
2005. The firm opened its office in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Also in 2005, the firm moved its international office to its current location in Hamburg, Germany, with an affiliation with the Hamburg law firm of Ahlers and Vogel.
2006. Vandeventer Black founded and provided initial funding for the Vandeventer Black Foundation. Our Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial support to worthy causes in the communities where we live and practice.
2007. 215 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8k running race held in the sand dunes of Fort Story in Virginia Beach. The annual race benefits the Carter Gunn Fund (part of the Vandeventer Black Foundation) which is dedicated to fighting depression and to educating the public about mental health disease. (In 2010, the race was moved to First Landing State Park.)
2011. The firm opened its office in Pasadena, California.
Our attorneys are active members of legal organizations, including the Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Wake County, Dare County, Virginia and American Bar Associations, as well as many State Bars across the country, and practice-related sections of those organizations. John Eggleston, Braden Vandeventer, Sr., Barron Black, Charlie Tucker, Anita Poston, and most recently David Lannetti served as President of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association. Anita Poston and John Ryan served as President of the Virginia Bar Association.
The firm boasts two attorneys who have received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Walter B. Hoffman Community Service Award, as well as an attorney who has earned the distinguished Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award. A significant number of our attorneys have been recognized by their peers as being among the best in their practice areas.
For many years the firm has lectured at the College of William & Mary School of Law, Washington & Lee School of Law, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University and the University of Virginia.
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