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Our Attorneys

Michael R. Vanderpool
mvanderpool@vfnlaw.com

Michael Vanderpool is a shareholder and founder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over forty years. Michael is an attorney who is also a businessman, who believed in starting a law firm that provided its clients with a measure of high ranking professionalism and expertise. Michael’s numerous years of experience and knowledge have made him into one of the most successful attorneys in the area, and his goal is to provide consistent results and solutions for each and every client, allowing them to thrive.

In addition to his legal practice, Michael is also an adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching in the Real Estate Entrepreneurship Masters Program. He has won numerous awards and honors, such as Virginia’s Business’ “Legal Elite”, as well as graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and Cum Laude. Michael has remained deeply invested in the community, serving on numerous boards over the years as member, chairman and president.

Areas of Practice:

Business and Corporate LawReal EstateLand Use, and Zoning; Business Mergers and Acquisitions 

Industries:

 

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Recipient of Loy E. Harris Award from the City of Manassas for service to the community
  • Recipient of Arthur Sinclair Award from the Prince William County Bar Association for outstanding professionalism
  • City of Manassas Volunteer of the Year
  • Two Presidential wards of Honor from the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary Chairman of the Year of the Child in Prince William County
  • George Mason University Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • City of Manassas Industrial Development Authority, Past Member
  • City of Manassas Republican Party, Past Chairman
  • Prince William Health System, Past Board of Trustees
  • Manassas Rotary Club, Past President
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Past Board Member
  • Prince William/66 Partnership, INC.
  • Manassas Business Council, Appointment
  • Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Counsel
  • University of Mary Washington School of Business Advisory Council
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • Recognized by Virginia Business Magazine and SmartCEO Magazine as a “Legal Elite” business attorney

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law School, 1975
  • Penn State University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972

Experience Highlights:

"I have enjoyed a long term relationship with Mike and his team. Since I relocated to this area 30 years ago we have worked together on many successful projects thanks to him and his team’s skill & ability to get projects approved. I have always found them to be very professional, informed as to the issues relating to my projects and prepared when it came to presentations to boards, planning commissions and councils. They work well with the other outside professionals on my team and Mike is truly a team player. I highly recommend his firm and am convinced there are projects I would not have completed without their involvement.-Ron Skarke, 7-11"

Randolph D. Frostick
rfrostick@vfnlaw.com

Randy Frostick has been providing civil trial and ADR solutions to clients throughout Virginia since 1983 in both state and federal courts and various arbitration and mediation panels. He represents a diverse range of clients, including businesses, municipalities, and individuals, in a wide range of cases.  For over thirty years, Randy has provided his clients legal guidance to both avoid and resolve civil disputes without litigation, and when necessary, zealously advocated for their legal rights in court or arbitration.

Before joining VF&N in 2007, Randy was a litigation associate first with McCandlish, Lillard, Rust & Church and then with the Fairfax, Virginia office of Miles & Stockbridge. He was a law clerk to The Honorable James C. Turk of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1982 to 1983.

Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration 

Industries:

Banks, retail, software, services, business owners, investors, creditors, architects, engineers, surveyors, commercial landlords, REITS, shopping centers and malls, real estate developers, brokers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, municipalities, non-profits, trade associations, trusts, estates, fiduciaries, and custom home owners.

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar.
  • Admitted to all Virginia courts.
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for Fourth Circuit and D.C. Circuit, U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.
  • Member, Prince William County Bar Association.
  • Virginia Business Magazine Civil Litigation “Legal Elite” recognition in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010.
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Past Chairman.
  • Director, The Fauquier Bank
  • Historic Manassas, Inc., Past President
  • Fauquier County Soccer Clubs, Past President
  • Manassas Bull Run Rotary Club, Past President.

Education:

  • Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Juris Doctor, 1982.
    -Awarded Order of Coif for high attainment in the study of law.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, BA in Political Science with High Honors, 1979.

Experience Highlights:

  • Breach of contract cases for business and individuals.
  • Commercial construction cases for owners, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Residential construction cases for owners, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Mechanic’s lien and bond cases for owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Commercial lease cases for landlords and tenants.
  • Real estate tax appeals for land owners and municipalities.
  • Takings and eminent domain cases for land owners and condemning authorities.
  • Malpractice cases for and against accountants, engineers and architects.
  • Real estate sales contract cases for sellers, buyers and real estate brokers.
  • Loan default and receivership cases for creditors and debtors.
  • Breach of non-compete and non-solicitation cases for employers and employees.
  • Breach of buy-sell agreement and business owner agreement cases.
  • Conspiracy to injure business and unfair trade practices cases for businesses.
  • Libel, slander, and defamation cases for individuals and businesses.
  • Land use, subdivision and zoning cases for developers, municipalities and property owners.
  • Real estate covenants, boundary dispute and easement cases for owners and property associations.
  • Will contests, estate and trust administration disputes for fiduciaries and beneficiaries.

"VF&N has been an integral part of our professional line up for the past seven years. When it comes down to litigation, I want no one else but Randy Frostick on my team. His legal knowledge and skills are superb and his actions on our behalf are bold, determined and effective.-Dan White, President of Mid Atlantic Construction Group"

V. Rick Nishanian
vrnishanian@vfnlaw.com

Rick Nishanian is a highly respected real estate attorney. He is well known for his ability to craft legal documents for complex situations, ranging from complicated loan documents to multi-faceted business transactions. Clients appreciate his responsiveness and his attention to detail. These attributes were particularly important when he handled all of the leases for the repopulation of the Springfield Mall. Rick has been a guest lecturer in George Mason’s Masters of Real Estate Development Program.

Areas of Practice:

Commercial Real Estate Transactions; Corporate and Business Law

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic and Community Activities:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Prince William County Bar Associations, Member
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Bull Run Hunt, Past President

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 1984

Experience Highlights:

  • Handled all of the leases for the repopulation of the Springfield Mall
Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq.
kspitler@vfnlaw.com

A shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, Kristina has been practicing law for over twenty five years, and has a perceptive understanding of her client’s legal needs. Using her extensive experience and knowledge, Kristina provides innovative solutions that are specific to each of her clients. Her experience includes Employment Law, Civil Litigation, and Municipal Law. Kristina Spitler has been nominated Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine for four years, named one of Virginia’s most “Influential Women” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, and awarded the title of one of 2016’s “Leaders in the Law”.

Kristina is a highly ranked speaker and trainer on the topic of Employment Law issues. As an Employment Law subject matter expert, she has most recently played a large role in hosting one of the largest annual Employment Law Summits in Virginia for the past several years. Kristina uses her experience in leading organizations to help to build up the legal and local community, and strives to provide her client’s with excellent service, handling their legal situations with professionalism and expertise.

Areas of Practice:

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic and Community Activities:

  • Named Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Labor/Employment Law by Virginia Business Magazine peer voting system, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015
  • Recipient of the Justitia Award, Prince William Chapter of Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2013
  • Named “Influential Women of Virgina” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Recipient of the Loy E. Harris Award for Business Excellence, 2009
  • Nominated President of Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County, 2010-2012
  • Nominated Co-Chair and Chairman of Leadership Prince William, 2010-2012
  • Virginia SHRM State Council Member, 2010
  • Nominated President of Prince William SHRM, Inc., 2009-2010
  • Nominated President of Virginia Women attorneys Association Prince William, 2009-2010
  • Chairman on the board of Prince William Chamber of Commerce, 2003-2004
  • WUSA Channel 9 Employment Law Subject Matter Expert, 2009
  • Workforce Management Magazine, Employment Law Subject Matter Expert
  • Recipient of the “Leaders in the Law” award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2016

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 1985

Experience Highlights:

  • Extensive experience representing businesses, municipalities and individuals on labor and employment, business and litigation matters.
  • Handled employer concerns such as hiring and firing, breach of agreements, non-competes and restrictive covenant agreements, discrimination, disabilities, defamation, and trade secrets.
  • Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour law), Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Drafted and updated handbooks and policy manuals, management and employee training and drafting executive, independent contractor, and severance agreements.
  • Prosecuted traffic and criminal misdemeanor charges for the Town of Haymarket.
  • Represented municipal clients in employee grievance hearings.
  • Resolved business disputes through mediation.
  • Experience with businesses and corporate matters setting up corporations, buying and selling businesses, sale of assets, advising non-profit organizations.
Martin R. Crim
mcrim@vfnlaw.com

Martin Crim is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over twenty-five years, primarily for cities, towns, and other local governments. His practice areas include land use development, code enforcement, eminent domain, social services, tax valuation and collection, human resources, Freedom of Information Act, water and sewer, electric utilities, Virginia Public Procurement Act, and municipal franchises.

Martin is a recognized expert in the fields of sign regulation and zoning proffers. An active participant in the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, he has been a practice group chairman (Social Services), conference speaker, amicus brief co-author, and frequent listserv contributor for that organization.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal Law; Real Estate

Industries:

Local Government; Land Use

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • 2016 Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Special Project Award (Ad Hoc Sign Ordinance Committee)
  • Chair, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Practice Group for Social Services, 2013-present
  • Manassas Community and Policy Management Team, 1994 – 2011 (Chair, 1995-1999)
  • Board of Directors, Matthews Center for Visual Learning, 2013-present (Vice Chair, 2016-2017)

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, 1991 magna cum laude
  • Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, 1984 cum laude

Experience Highlights:

  • Drafting ordinances, resolutions, motions, charters, policies, forms, deeds, contracts, licenses, press releases, and bylaws for municipalities.
  • Negotiating contracts, franchises, employment disputes, code enforcement, and condemnation.
  • Acting as parliamentarian and advising as to legal and parliamentary requirements for action.
  • Prosecuting traffic and misdemeanor charges for various localities; now supervising such prosecutions.
  • Bringing or defending civil litigation and administrative appeals involving child protective services, zoning, building code, tax valuation, and public procurement.
  • Handling employer concerns such as hiring and firing, employment agreements, employee investigations, accommodations, grievances, and severance agreements.

"Martin Crim has represented the Town of Culpeper for more than six years. His knowledge in municipal law provides us with expertise in not only routine matters but complex situations as well. The entire firm of VF&N provides outstanding professional service that local governments truly appreciate.- Chris Hivley"

David B. Wilks
dwilks@vfnlaw.com

David Wilks is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, having practiced law in Northern Virginia and Prince William County for more than twenty-five years as a tax lawyer by training and education..

David has been recognized by his peers in the legal community both locally and statewide for his legal ability and high ethical standards in the legal areas in which he concentrates his practice. David has been named as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by the Virginia Business Magazine in the areas of Taxes, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law every year since 2014. Since 2010, David also has received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, for his legal ability in the fields of business, estate planning and estate and trust administration and his general ethical standards, placing David at the highest level of professional excellence in the legal areas in which David concentrates his practice.

David also is a frequent lecturer, speaking at programs not only sponsored by civic and charitable groups designed to educate the general public on legal issues within his area of concentration, but also to other attorneys, accountants and financial professionals in programs qualifying them for their required annual continuing education credit.

Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning and Administration; Business; Litigation; Real Estate

Industries:

Estate Planning; Probate; Fiduciary Litigation

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Named Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine in legal areas of Taxes, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Awarded AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review in the legal areas of business, estate planning and estate and trust administration each year since 2010
  • Member of Board of Directors and Vice President of the Greater Prince William Community Health Center
  • Washington & Lee University Law School Law Review, Member 1986-1987
  • Virginia Tax Reporter, Member Board of Editors 1991-1995
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Treasurer 2000 -2002
  • Estate Planning Council of Prince William County, President 1993-2001
  • Old Bridge Jaycees, Treasurer, 1993-1994

Education:

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1988
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, LL.M., Tax, 1989
  • Duke University, B.A., 1985

Experience Highlights:

  • Representing hundreds of families in their proper estate planning needs, ranging from not only prominent families in the counties of Prince William, Stafford, Fauquier and Fairfax, but also families of more modest wealth and notoriety
  • Representing hundreds of blended families, non-traditional families and single individuals in their proper estate planning needs
  • Representing hundreds of fiduciaries (Executors and Trustees) in the proper administration of trusts and estates, including fiduciary representation in litigation matters
  • Consistently serving as fiduciary for estates and trusts in various levels of administration
  • Counseling individuals and entities on the proper forms of business organization and the proper maintenance of such organizations once formed
  • Representation in the sales and acquisition of businesses, from auto dealerships, restaurants, franchises to professional practices
  • Served as Seller’s counsel in some of the largest real estate sales transactions in Prince William County, including the sale of a campus of more the fifteen commercial warehouses in the eastern end of Prince William County
  • Served as Borrower’s counsel in numerous financing transactions ranging from the loans required to build IHOP restaurants, to the refinance of commercial shopping centers and office buildings
  • Served as local tax counsel to some of the largest real estate sales and refinance transaction in the eastern end of Prince William County, Virginia
Karen L. Cohen
kcohen@vfnlaw.com

Karen L. Cohen is a Shareholder with the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C (VF&N).  Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and business transactions, including real estate development, land use and zoning, commercial leasing, commercial lending, and purchase and sale contracts, as well as advising clients in negotiating a variety of business contracts such as operating agreements, supplier agreements, asset purchase and sale agreements, and shareholder agreements.  As an attorney with a prior career in architecture and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development, Karen’s legal knowledge is enhanced by her understanding of the business and financial aspects of commercial transactions.

Prior to joining VF&N, Karen was Of Counsel at The Coverage Law Firm and Counsel at Wilmer Hale.  She began her legal career as Clerk to the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Areas of Practice:

Land UseReal Estate

Industries:

Transactional

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Area Representative, Real Property Section Virginia State Bar
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Director-at-Large, George Mason University School of Business Alumni Chapter
  • Director, George Mason University School of Business Real Estate Development Industry Group
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
  • Founder and Director, Mama2Mama,Inc. (non-profit)
  • Member, Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Featured in George Mason University Article on Real Estate
  • Co-Chair, NAIOP Government Relations Prince William Subcommittee
  • Member, Prince William Bar Association

Education:

  • George Mason University, MS Real Estate Developement, 2012
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1994
  • University of Virginia, BS in Architecture, 1987

Experience Highlights:

  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants, including shopping center, office and warehouse leases for clients in retail and service industries ranging from restaurants to health care.
  • Representation of landowners in land use and zoning matters including rezonings and special use permits in Fairfax and Prince William counties.
  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements and development and management agreements in connection with real estate joint ventures.
  • Advise clients in connection with the purchase and sale of business assets and transfers of stock or membership interests.
  • Negotiation and drafting of business contracts including teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, subcontractor agreements and supplier agreements.
  • Advise governing body of various jurisdictions regarding zoning ordinances, contracts and other municipal matters.
Neal Knudsen
nknudsen@vfnlaw.com

Neal Knudsen is an experienced attorney at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. Over the course of many years of practicing law, Neal has exhibited a skill for working within the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Neal demonstrates a deep knowledge of the DSS system, and is able to work on sensitive child dependency cases with skill and attention to important time constraints.

Neil’s experience includes trial practice before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and Circuit Courts, as well as appellate practice before the Virginia Court of Appeals. Beginning in 2002, Mr Knudsen participated in, and presented before, statewide conferences of the Best Practice Courts of Virginia since 2002. The Best Practice Courts of Virginia was established by the Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia.

Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation; Departments of Social Services 

Industries:

Departments of Social Services; Departments of Family Services; Child Dependency Litigation

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Bar Admission in Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Warren County Foster Care Best Practices Team
  • Presented before, statewide conferences of the Best Practice Courts of Virginia since 2002.

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1988
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University B.A. 1982

Experience Highlights:

  • Trial practice before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and Circuit Courts.
Paul J. Gauthier
pgauthier@vfnlaw.com

Paul Gauthier is a real estate attorney with a unique background. In addition to being a licensed attorney, he is also a licensed civil engineer and a licensed surveyor. Using his knowledge in these areas permits him to quickly understand real estate and land use matters, including easements, site plans, and boundary plats. His deep expertise has proven invaluable to clients who are involved in the acquisition and development of land. In addition, he is adept at preparing the numerous documents that are required to process rezonings, special permits and variances.

Areas of Practice:

Land Use, Zoning and Development

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic and Community Activities:

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia
  • Licensed Land Surveyor, Virginia
  • Chief of Engineering and Plan Review, Town of Leesburg
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 2003
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996

Experience Highlights:

Brett A. Callahan
bcallahan@vfnlaw.com

Brett Callahan is a Litigation Associate at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian.  Her focus in approaching any case is to identify and work toward the solution that is tailored to best serve her client’s needs.  That means approaching problems from different angles to come up with the most practical and cost effective way to achieve her client’s goals, either through traditional negotiations and litigation or use of alternative dispute resolution options.  Brett takes a client driven big picture approach to her representation, working with clients to not only address current concerns but identify future vulnerabilities and fix them before they become problems.  She works with clients to ensure they are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as needed.

Areas of Practice:

Civil LitigationMunicipal LawReal Estate; Creditor’s Rights

Industries:

Finance; Business; Real Estate; Employment; Construction; Local Government; Fiduciary Matters

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic and Community Activities:

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers,” Inaugural Class of 2016
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite’s Young Lawyers, 2016
  • Virginia Women’s Attorney Association, Prince William Chapter, President Elect 2016-2017
  • Leadership Prince William, Class of 2016
  • Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County at the Candy Factory, Board of Directors
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Northern Virginia, Steering Committee
  • Manassas-Bull Run Rotary Club, Vice President 2015-2017
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • The United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Admission
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Bar Admission
  • Certificate of Good Standing United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia Bar Admission
  • Certificate of Good Standing United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland Bar Admission
  • Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 2004

Experience Highlights:

  • Successfully represented banking and developer clients opposing appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Represented clients before state and federal courts in Maryland and Virginia.
  • Represented clients in alternative dispute resolution processes in both Maryland and Virginia.
  • Prosecuted misdemeanor and traffic cases for the Towns of Haymarket and Occoquan.
  • Taught continuing legal education courses on resolving title defects to lawyers and other industry professionals.
  • Negotiated and drafted settlement agreements for clients.
Brendan Cassidy
bcassidy@vfnlaw.com

Brendan Cassidy is an associate at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., where he represents businesses and individuals on employment and business related matters including non-competes and restrictive covenant agreements, wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII issues, accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other legal issues facing employers.

Brendan’s attention to detail and legal expertise allow him to excel in his practice, which includes drafting and updating handbooks and policy manuals, management and employee training, and drafting executive, independent contractor, and severance agreements.

Areas of Practice:

Employment LawCivil Litigation

Industries:

Employment; Labor Law

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Virginia State Bar, Member in Good Standing, 2013
  • National Security Law Journal, Co-Founder; Managing Editor (2012-13); Symposium Editor (2013)
  • Prince William SHRM, Inc., Director of Government Affairs

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, American University, 2006, Magna Cum Laude

Experience Highlights:

  • Advised employers on employment law matters including wage and hour issues, discrimination claims, employee discipline, accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, COBRA compliance, issues related to the Affordable Care Act, and other management side employment issues.
  • Drafted and updated employee handbooks and policy manuals for employers.
  • Drafted non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and severance agreements.
  • Conducted workplace investigations and drafted position statements in response to EEOC charges of discrimination.
Olaun A. Simmons
osimmons@vfnlaw.com

Olaun is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over ten years. He’s worked with numerous clients to handle a variety of legal matters in the Commonwealth. His legal experience includes Town Attorney for Dumfries and Quantico, VA, Criminal Defense, and Municipal Law. Olaun Simmons was named “Trial Attorney of the Year” by Prince William County Circuit Court, and has been honored with numerous awards, such as the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Excellence In Trial” Award.

His experience in the practice of law includes municipal law, building code enforcement, zoning code enforcement, ordinance and charter revisions, land use, civil litigation and criminal prosecutions for cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Olaun’s experience as a municipal lawyer and litigator enable him to provide excellent legal representation and advocacy for our clients.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal Law

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Named “Trial Attorney of the Year” in Prince William County Circuit Court
  • Awarded the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Excellence in Trial Advocacy” Award
  • Named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “40 Under 40”by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Bar, Virginia State Bar
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 40 Under 40
  • Virginia Indigent Defense Commission – Capital Trial/Co-Counsel Qualified
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award
  • Member, Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Member, Outreach Committee, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Member, Board of Directors, Didlake, Inc.
  • Member, Personnel Committee and Nominating Committee, Didlake, Inc.
  • Guest Lecturer, George Mason University
  • Guest Lecturer, Strayer University
  • Former Town Attorney, Town of Dumfries
  • Town Attorney, Town of Quantico
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Manassas

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University College of Law, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Morehouse College, 1996

Experience Highlights:

  • Legal counsel for cities and towns located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Building, maintenance and construction code enforcement
  • Zoning ordinance enforcement
  • Legal advisor regarding the Freedom of Information Act
  • Collections, liens and summonses for outstanding tax debts owed to localities
  • Requests for proposal and service contracts
  • Legal counsel regarding public procurement
  • Purchase, sale and development agreements
  • Deed, easements and right-of-way vacations
  • Performance bond and erosion and sediment control bond agreements
  • Ordinance revisions, charter amendments and zoning text amendments
  • Misdemeanor criminal and traffic prosecution
  • Eminent domain and condemnation proceedings

"Olaun Simmons is smart, aggressive, thoroughly prepared and simply an outstanding attorney. -Nolan Scott, Esq."

Christopher M. Collins
ccollins@vfnlaw.com

Mr. Collins focuses his IP practice in the field of information technology, however, his clients include high and low technology companies that need advice on how to develop, protect, transfer or maximize their return on intangible assets. While not a member of the patent bar, Mr. Collins has conducted trials and litigated matters in the United States federal courts concerning patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and unfair competition actions, as well as trade secret actions in the local courts.

Mr. Collins also counsels businesses in the field of government contracts. His extensive experience in federal procurement includes: review and assessment of RFP’s; contract negotiation and performance; teaming and corporate partnering agreements for prime and sub-contractors; FAR and DFARS compliance; and bid protests. The ownership of intellectual property within the context of government contract rules and regulations is a special interest to Mr. Collins.

Areas of Practice:

Representative Experience:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Claims.
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • D.C. Computer Law Forum, Member and Past President
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • “Legal Elite” Designation from Virginia Business Magazine

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, National Law Center at George Washington University
  • University of Virginia
Robert F. Beard
rbeard@vfnlaw.com

Bob Beard is one of the most experienced municipal law and Social Services attorneys in Virginia. Starting with a varied base of experience representing several municipalities, his practice has expanded to include representation of the Departments of Social Services in several jurisdictions. He is experienced in all facets of municipal trial work, including appellate practice. In his spare time, Bob enjoys acting in Community Theater productions.

Areas of Practice:

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic  and Community Activities:

  • Order of Coif for high attainment in the study of law, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Research Editor, North Carolina Law Review
  • U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 1975-1979
  • Wise County, County Attorney, 1986-1988
  • City of Danville, Assistant City Attorney, 1988-1992
  • City of Suffolk, City Attorney, 1992-1993
  • Culpeper County, Assistant County Attorney, 1998-1999
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member of the Bar in all Virginia State Courts
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. District for the Western District of Virginia.
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Former Member, Virginia State Bar Advisory Committee on Guardians ad Litem
  • Culpeper Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Improvement Committee
  • Elected Member of Culpeper County School Board 2004-2015.

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, With Honors, 1982
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and Speech, East Carolina University, 1974, Pi Kappa Lambda, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Certificate in Mandarin Chinese, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Academic Performance

Experience Highlights:

Seth T. Stark, Of Counsel
sstark@sstarklaw.com

Seth T. Stark acts as an of-counsel attorney at Vanderpool Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., and has been practicing law for over 30 years. Seth also maintains a separate transactional practice; Seth T. Stark & Associates, LLC and owns Banner Title Company of Virginia, Inc., which conducts residential and commercial real estate closings throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

Seth serves small, medium and large size businesses, including real estate developers, financial institutions, corporations and limited liability companies.  Seth is licensed to practice law in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland and is a member of the Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Montgomery County and Fairfax County Bar Associations. 

Areas of Practice:

Of Counsel, Real Estate, Business, Corporate, Election Law

Industries:

Real Estate; Financial Institutions; Corporations; Limited Liability Companies

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Member, Business Law Section of the Fairfax County Bar
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, D.C Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • Member, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member, Fairfax County Bar Association
  • General Counsel to the Democratic Party of Virginia, 2008-2011
  • Member, Fairfax County Board of Elections, 2011-Present

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, 1984
  • Columbia College, B.A. in Political Science, 1980
Rachel Carter
rcarter@vfnlaw.com

Rachel Carter holds the role of an Of Counsel attorney at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian. Over her years as an experienced counselor, Rachel has focused on representing local Departments of Social Services.

Rachel has also dedicated time to serving as a guardian ad litem, representing the interest of children in Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Her expertise and  professionalism give her an edge when handling all matter of DSS cases.

Areas of Practice:

Department of Social Services, Virginia Guardian Ad Litem

Industries:

Juvenile and Department of Social Services

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Culpeper County School Board Member
  • Virginia State Bar Member
  • Treasurer of the Culpeper County Bar Association: 2009-201

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Richmond School of Law, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mary Washington College, 2002

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