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Religious Institutions and the Law Seminar – September 28, 9-11 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 31, 2017)

Prince William Law Firm, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. hosts free seminar on Religious Institutions and the Law. September 28th, 2017.

Manassas, VA, August 31, 2017– The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.  is hosting a free seminar September 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center, on the topic of Religious Institutions and the Law. This seminar is specifically designed for leaders and administers of religious institutions who understand the need to prevent damaging legal liability.

Attendees will hear about topics regarding recent Supreme Court cases, corporate governance, real estate purchases, sales and leases, building, zoning, land use and more. “Religious Institutions face a number of potential legal challenges, but in my experience, they are often unaware of these problems until an issue arises” says Michael Vanderpool of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian. “Our firm has handled cases for numerous religious institutions, so we’re very familiar with what needs to be done to protect and prevent legal liability within an institution.”

Michael Vanderpool, Rick Nishanian, and Karen Cohen, attorneys at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian will be covering topics in which they have a unique expertise and experience, giving attendees the tools and knowledge they need to improve the security of their religious institution.  The firm has represented many religious institutions in cases regarding leases, real estate tax issues, loans and financing, child protection policies, employment issues, real estate purchaser and seller, and zoning issues.

 About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. has assisted clients with their legal needs for nearly thirty years. We are keenly focused on providing innovative solutions for religious institutions, businesses, individuals and municipalities. With twelve different practice areas, and a deep understanding of each, our legal professionals are equipped to handle our client’s most complex cases.

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Avoiding Litigation Seminar at Centerfuse

MANASSAS —For most business owners, litigation is a very real threat which can be time consuming, stressful and expensive. It was Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian’s pleasure to have Prince William Civil Litigation attorney Randy Frostick hold a presentation on doing business in a litigious world with an emphasis on how to avoid litigation.

The seminar was hosted at Ceterfuse in Manassas, Virginia and was attended by local business owners who were eager to gain some tools and knowledge for handling litigation. Randy discussed what businesses should do after being served with a lawsuit, and detailed the importance of consulting an attorney immediately, as well as avoiding reliance on internet sources for their legal advise. He also discussed topics such as:

  • The importance of appropriate liability insurance
  • Ways to determine whether a settlement offer is too good to be true
  • The dangers of settling for a “good deal”
  • Protecting intellectual property as well as data on company technology
  • Reading through contracts carefully before signing

An an experienced trial attorney, Randy has extensive experience with civil litigation in Manassas, Prince William, and Northern Virginia and encourages business owners to have a plan of action for the possibility of a lawsuit.


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The Landing At Cannon Branch Moves Forward with Grants

On Wednesday, representatives from the City of Manassas came together with Governor Terry McAuliffe and Buchanan Partners to announce the receipt of grants permitting the construction of a new brewery and restaurant in the commercial development of the Gateway Center, now known as The Landing at Cannon Branch. The attorneys at VF&N are pleased to have represented the City of Manassas Economic Development Authority regarding the legal work necessary for the development of The Landing at Cannon Branch and the proceedings moving forward.

The Landing at Cannon Branch is a 40 acre, $250 million-dollar mixed used development which will house, not only the brewery, but hotels, retail, offices, restaurants and over 270 new homes, aiding in the community’s economic growth and engagement. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that 66 new jobs will be created in the City of Manassas due to the placement of the brewery.

The City of Manassas has been marketing the Gateway property for twenty years, waiting on the best project and development partners to collaborate and make it into a unique place that residents of the locality and businesses can benefit from.

Buchanan Partners is working as the master developer of the project, while Stanley Martin will be developing a component in the residential side of the property. The location will also feature hotels, restaurants, and other commercial developments. As the attorney’s overseeing the City of Manassas developments for this project, we look forward to seeing what’s in store for this site.


Manassas Litigation Attorney Brett Callahan Named President of PW VWAA

On June 28, 2017, Manassas Litigation Attorney Brett A. Callahan, an attorney at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. became the sitting president of the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

Brett has been deeply involved and passionate about the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA) for the past several years. During her time as a member and as President-Elect, Brett has helped to orchestrate numerous important community events, including the award winning event “The Loving Story Documentary Screening”, which was hosted in part by the Prince William Chapter of the VWAA in 2016. We are certain that Brett will continue to bring a level of excellence and dedication to her new role as President of the Prince William VWAA, and she hopes to continue their good work within the community of female attorneys.

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA) has a mission to assist women attorneys in developing their practice areas and achieving their full potential. This is done by implementing networking events where other attorneys can build each other up and form meaningful and valued connections. The Prince William Chapter, of which Brett is the new president, offers Continuing Legal Education, and membership is open to all lawyers, but first year lawyers and judges are free.


Michael Vanderpool Awarded George Mason Faculty of the Year

Manassas Business Attorney Michael Vanderpool is not only an attorney, but also an adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Business where he teaches the Real Estate Entrepreneurship Masters Program. The law firm of VF&N is proud to say that Michael was awarded the George Mason Faculty of the Year for the Master of Science in Real Estate Development.

Michael’s skill as an attorney translates into his teaching in the classroom and he has provided students with an expert knowledge of business and real estate law for the past several years. The law firm of VF&N is extremely proud of Mike for all that he does for VF&N as well as for the up and coming students at George Mason University.

To read GMU’s article on Mike, click here.


Martin Crim Receives Perfect 4.0 Scores from LGA Conference

LGA Spring Conference, April 2017- Martin Crim of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian was one three specialists on a panel discussing social services safety plans. Martin spoke on the topic of the development of future plans that would allow for the government to implement  safety precautions and strategies to prevent children from being removed from their current homes, causing less trauma and strain in abusive situations.

During the LGA conference, attending attorneys are asked to review the speakers and rate them on several aspects of their presentation, from the relevance of the content, to the way it was presented, from the length, to how interesting it actually was to listen to. Martin Crim recently received his scores back for the event, and he received the highest scores possible from each attorney present, a 4.0 out of 4.0. This accomplishment is unique and unusual, as receiving perfect feedback from each attendee is extremely rare. This just speaks to the talent, knowledge and expertise that Martin Crim displays in his presentations and through all of the aspects of his work. For other peers to acknowledge this achievement is an honor, and we’re thrilled to have attorneys like Martin on our VF&N team!


Powerful Partnerships

On Tuesday April 4, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted a half day event entitled “Powerful Partnerships” at the Manassas Park Community Center. VF&N Manassas attorneys Kristina Keech Spitler and Karen Cohen were asked to serve as panelists and speakers, touching on the legal considerations for powerful partnerships.  The event focused on developing powerful and strategic partnerships within the community and within businesses, providing tools for attendees to learn how to work together in cooperation for the greater good. Kris and Karen kicked it off with the first session of the day, covering topics like “Running Your Organization & HR Pitfalls”, as well as “How to Stay Legal”. They provided attendees with insight on how to keep an organization up and running, the importance of having partnerships in place that help fill the gaps during transitions, and strategies to build and grow a board.

The employment law attorneys and real estate attorneys at VF&N are always thrilled and pleased to participate in the Prince William Chamber’s events and look forward to continuing in our own great partnership.

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Melissa Cupp of VF&N Appointed to Fauquier J&DR Bench

The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian wishes to congratulate Melissa N. Cupp, of-counsel attorney at VF&N,  on being appointed Fauquier’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge.

On Thursday, February 23rd, the Virginia General Assembly unanimously elected Melissa to a six year term on the bench.This is the first time a woman will serve in this position in Fauquier, and we are thrilled and proud of Melissa for her great accomplishment and her dedication to helping children and families over the years.

Melissa will succeed Jonathan S. Lynn who retired from the bench in February after serving for nearly six years, and she will handle cases in Fauquier and Rappahannock courts. Prior to her appointed judgeship, Melissa has been an of-counsel attorney at VF&N, and has devoted much of her professional life to representing social services departments in cases of adoption, removal of endangered children from their homes, foster care and termination of parental rights, while also representing adults with severe disabilities who have been abused or neglected. Melissa has always had a soft spot for helping people, especially families and children, and she views this new judgeship as an opportunity to serve families in a different way.

“Melissa will be a wonderful judge and I have no doubt that she will serve the community of Fauquier well” says Michael Vanderpool, managing shareholder of VF&N.

Although we will miss having her at our firm, we know that she will bring a level of excellence to the bench and we are proud to have her in our VF&N family. Melissa will be sworn in mid-June and begin her judgeship on July 1, 2017.

VF&N Wins Prestigious “Business Excellence Award”

The law firm of VF&N is proud and honored to have received the Business Excellence Award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. VF&N was nominated in the Business Excellence Award category for large businesses, and were awarded this honor during the Chamber Business Awards banquet, held February 28, 2017 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian sponsored the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award, and Michael Vanderpool, Managing Shareholder of VF&N, was among the nominees for the award named for the recently deceased Senator, Charles J. Colgan.  

From our start in 1986, it has been the goal of VF&N to become a sophisticated law firm providing top-notch services for the community’s legal needs, and we are pleased by the Chamber’s recognition of this goal.

Over the years, our firm has grown to include twelve practice areas and 28 employees who all work together to provide every client with the best possible outcome for their legal matter. Our attorneys are hand picked based on their knowledge, experience and professionalism, and many have expertise that extends beyond the law to include areas such as architecture, civil engineering, and business managementadding an extra element of knowledge and understanding to the client experience.

Business Awards

Image courtesy of PW Chamber of Commerce

We are an AV rated Pre-Eminent Law Firm, meaning we hold the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical behavior, and while three of our partners have served as the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, seven of our attorneys are currently recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as “Legal Elite” in their practice areas. Our attorneys are deeply rooted in community memberships, organizations, and not-for-profits, and we provide leadership, volunteerism and notable monetary contributions for the community throughout the year. As a premier partner and supporter of the Chamber, we are extremely pleased and thrilled by their recognition of our business and our continued commitment to excellence. We also offer our congratulations to each of the worthy businesses and individuals who were nominated and awarded honors at the Chamber Business Awards.


VF&N Attorney Martin Crim Announced as New Middleburg Town Attorney

PRINCE WILLIAM, VA — The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce that its shareholder Martin Crim has been appointed Town Attorney for the town of Middleburg.

Martin Crim, Middleburg Town Attorney

Martin Crim, Middleburg Town Attorney

Middleburg’s former town attorney Angela Plowman gave notice of her intent to resign in December of 2016 after having served almost five years.

Martin R. Crim currently serves as Town Attorney for the towns of Culpeper, Haymarket and Occoquan, as well as City Attorney for Manassas. Martin specializes in municipal law and is a recognized expert in the fields of sign regulation and zoning proffers. He has been an attorney for over twenty five years. Among his most recent accolades, Martin was presented with the Special Project Award for his work on behalf of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia in drafting a model sign ordinance.

“We are thrilled to come on board to represent the historic Town of Middleburg” said Michael Vanderpool, Managing Shareholder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian. “We have spent a great deal of time getting to know this wonderful town and are pleased to have the honor of representing them. We will continue to strive to serve them well.”

About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Based in Prince William, Virginia, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian provide a range of legal services and expertise to clients throughout the Northern Virginia area. Since its start in 1986, VF&N has striven to provide its clients with solutions from lawyers they trust. VF&N’s practice areas include business and corporate law, civil litigation & ADR, construction law, commercial real estate law and lending, employment law, government contracts, intellectual property, land use and zoning, municipal law, social services and tax and estate administration. For more information, please visit www.vfnlaw.com, or call 703-369-4738.