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30
Apr
2019

Congratulations to Michael Vanderpool, recipient of the 2019 Leadership Prince William Vision Award

Michael Vanderpool, Esq., founder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. (VF&N) and a highly regarded community leader, will receive the 2019 Leadership Prince William Vision Award. This award honors an individual in Prince William County whose innovative, strategic or bold leadership has had a positive and significant impact on the community. Past award recipients have included Virginia Senator Charles J. Colgan and Dr. Gary L. Jones, CEO of Youth for Tomorrow.

Mr. Vanderpool’s commitment to service and passion for developing future leaders is best showcased through his legacy at VF&N.  Founded on these very principles, Mr. Vanderpool encouraged a company culture rich in civic duty and leadership. The firm, located in Manassas and recently named one of Virginia’s largest law firms, has produced a highly active group of leaders that have, and will continue to make, significant contributions to their community.

VF&N boasts several industry and community leaders, including Kristina Spitler, Prince William County Bar Association’s President; Brett Callahan, President-Elect of the Center of the Arts of Greater Manassas; Karen Cohen, Chair, NAIOP Government Relations Prince William Subcommittee; three past chairmen of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; and several graduates of the Leadership Prince William program.

Leading by example, Michael Vanderpool has been a community advocate since he moved to Manassas in 1975.  He has contributed to the community in several areas, including his work to initiate construction of the Route 234 Bypass and the Freedom Center.  He was the founding Chairman of the Manassas Education Foundation and the Hylton Performing Arts Center for several years and represented the local community while serving on the Board of the United Way of the National Capital Area. He served as a Trustee of the George Mason University Foundation and as Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Prince William Health System. Most recently, he served as President of the Manassas Rotary Club and is the current President of the Manassas Rotary Foundation.

Mr. Michael Vanderpool is a leader in business, a leader in the community and a leader of people.

25
Apr
2019

Government Contracting Teaming Strategies Seminar

The government directs 23% of its procurement to small businesses from local, state & federal agencies, large primes and military installations. But some contracts are just too large for many to handle alone. When this is the case, small businesses can team up with one or more other businesses to collectively perform the contract. Learn from a panel of experts, to include VF&N attorney Kris Spitler and attorney Chris Collins, on how teaming is a great way for small businesses to build credibility and demonstrate proficiency to the government and other contractors.

Highlights will include how to raise the bar and maintain your business’ reputation; strategically vet external/internal partners before you win the contract; ask the pre-questions that matter to long-term collaborations; and address some of the common legal concerns regarding teaming.

Presented by the Government Contracting Council of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

9720 Capital Ct., Ste. 203; Manassas VA 20110

$35/Non chamber members.
Register today: Click Here

Light breakfast provided.

23
Apr
2019

2019 Virginia Proffer Law Changes: Myths Unraveled

As attorneys and self-proclaimed Proffer Professors, we were concerned by what we were hearing from the industry on the recent proffer reform. Blanket statements like, “oh, it’s just a repeal of the 2016 law” or “proffer schedules are legal now”.  In this post, we clear the air of misconceptions.

Myth: The 2019 law repealed the 2016 law

Fact: To debunk the first myth, we’ll just note that the 2019 law leaves large parts of the 2016 law intact. For example, the law still forbids a local government from denying a rezoning application for residential development “where such denial is based in whole or in part on an applicant’s failure or refusal to submit an unreasonable proffer.” For another, the law still exempts qualified “small area comprehensive plans.” There are some significant changes, though, and we will comment on them in future blog posts.

Myth: Proffer schedules are now legally OK

Fact: As for the second myth, the 2019 law doesn’t clear the constitutional hurdle for proffer schedules. Under federal case law, a proffer first must be connected to the development impacts (that is, it has to have a “nexus”) and second, there must be “rough proportionality,” which refers to the degree of connection between the proffer and the development’s projected impact.

So, just how “rough” can the degree of connection be and still pass muster under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?  The U.S. Supreme Court (in a case called Dolan) answered that question this way:  “No precise mathematical calculation is required, but the [locality] must make some sort of individualized determination that the required dedication is related both in nature and extent to the proposed development.” 

A locality can still provide information about how much it costs to build a school, police station, or park, but because a “one size fits all” proffer schedule lacks the required individualized determination, it is subject to attack on constitutional grounds.

Stay tune for the next topic: So what did change?

By the Proffer Professors: Mike Vanderpool, Martin Crim, and Karen Cohen  

3
Apr
2019

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Zelnick, Esq. to the firm. Featured

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. (VF&N) welcomes Robert Zelnick, Esq. to the firm’s civil litigation practice group. Mr. Zelnick is a highly respected litigator with over 43 years of experience in Northern Virginia.

Robert (Zel) joins VF&N as Of Counsel departing his private practice, Zelnick & Associates, P.C. located in Lakeridge, VA.  He was the recipient of the Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism award in 2017, is a former president of the Prince William County Bar Association and serves as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Prince William County Circuit Court.

Known for his integrity, quality of work, and community leadership, attorney Robert Zelnick is a notable addition to the Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. team.

About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is a law firm located in Manassas, VA. Established in 1986, we have served clients for over 30 years in business law, commercial real estate, litigation, lending, IP, employment law, land use and zoning, and municipal law.

To learn more about Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., visit our about us page.