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January 19, 2017, Manassas, VA – Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian partnered with Matrix Computer Consulting to give a presentation on Cyber Security from a technological standpoint as well as a legal approach. Business owners from the area gathered at Okra’s Cajun Creole to enjoy breakfast and learn more about how cyber security can have a huge effect on their businesses. Andy Harrover of Matrix Computer Consulting started off the presentation with a thorough discussion on what the security trends are, how they can affect a business, and some startling facts, including that there is a market for cyber attacks. Although some of the statistics are frightening, it’s important for business owners to be aware of the threats that are more than likely to come their way.

From there, Andy handed over the presentation to  Randy Frostick of VF&N, who went over the legal aspects of security. Details like improper release of customer information, liability and legal risks regarding employees and outside sources. The attendees asked several questions and took notes to access in the future as they move forward with their business security strategy.

We were pleased to co-host this event with Matrix Computer Counseling, and look forward to more events in the future.

If you have a legal issue regarding your security, the lawyers at VF&N are more than capable of handling your matter, and look forward to discussing those aspects of your business security with you. Click here to contact one of our attorneys to discuss your business security. To learn more about technical security, or to speak with a professional IT company, we encourage you to reach out to Matrix Computer Consulting for an audit.

Andy Harrover Matrix Computer Consulting

Randolph Frostick Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian

Andy Harrover Matrix Computer Consulting

Randolph Frostick Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian


Handbook Horror Stories


We invite you to join our live webinar! December 9, 2016 1:00-2:00 P.M. EST

Your company’s generic or outdated employee handbook could put your business in danger of becoming another handbook horror story!

When it comes to Employee Handbooks and each of the many policies contained in them, there are a multitude of laws, regulations, and business purposes to be considered. Many of the policies can either help you or hurt you in a matter or dispute.

We welcome you to join us in the first of our two part series on Employee Handbooks. During this webinar, our attorneys, Kris Spitler and Brendan Cassidy,  will be addressing real life legal scenarios that resulted in Handbook Horror Stories. Learn from examples of other businesses on how policies in the Employee Handbook can create problems for your business.


2016 Virginia Business “Legal Elite” Attorneys

Seven of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian’s Attorneys Named Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite”

Manassas, Fredericksburg & Lakeridge VA, October 30, 2016—Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been recognized by the Virginia Business Magazine as being among Virginia’s “Legal Elite”. These extraordinary attorneys are chosen based off of a survey of thousands of their peers, conducted by the Virginia Bar Association. The winners are determined to be the very best in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in within their various practice categories. All of the attorneys named have been nominated as Legal Elite in the past, and we’re extremely honored to celebrate their exceptional work!

Michael Vanderpool, the founder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian was named among the best in the practice of Business Law. Mr. Vanderpool also specializes in Real Estate Law, Land Use, and Zoning.

Randolph Frostick, named as one of the Legal Elite in Civil Litigation law. Mr. Frostick focuses on Mediation and Arbitration, Commercial Leases and Loan Defaults, Construction, Mechanic’s Liens, Land Use and Zoning, Condemnation, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Employment, and Creditor’s Rights.

Rick Nishanian, recognized among the Legal Elite in Real Estate & Land Use, is also an expert in the matters of Lender Representation in Real Estate, Transactions, Corporate and Business Law, Sales, and Development and Leasing matters.  

Kristina Keech Spitler, named among the Legal Elite in the category of Employment Law. With experience in Municipal Law and Civil Litigation, Ms. Spitler has earned the title of Legal Elite in her field!

David Wilks, named one of the Legal Elite in the law of Taxes, Estates & Trusts! Mr. Wilks is also well versed in Business Law, Probate, Estate Planning for Elderly and Parents of Impaired Children, and Estate Administration.

Christopher Collins, named one of the Legal Elite attorneys in Virginia in the practice of Intellectual Property. Mr. Collins also specializes in Technology Development, Partnering, and Litigation.

Brett A. Callahan, named Virginia’s “Young Lawyer (Under 40)”. Brett’s dedication to her craft have caught the attention of the legal community, and she is quickly becoming one of the leading young lawyers in Virginia.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to salute our hardworking attorneys, and all of the 2016 Virginia Business Legal Elite winners! Congratulations to all!


Leaders In The Law: Kristina Spitler and Brett Callahan

Manassas, Fredericksburg & Lakeridge VA, October 29, 2016— On October 29, Virginia Lawyers Weekly hosted an awards ceremony honoring several lawyers who have made significant accomplishments or achievements in their field, and two of these outstanding attorneys were our very own Kristina Keech Spitler, and Brett Callahan! The Leaders in the Law awards are given to attorneys who have demonstrated leadership in the practice of law, while striving to improve the justice system and make contributions to their community. This year, the organization also recognized Up and Coming Lawyers who are establishing a name for themselves by displaying drive, ambition, determination and a dedication to their work and their community. Brett received this award, and Kristina was awarded a Leader in the Law.

Profiles of the honorees were published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” special section, which was distributed at the event and inserted into the Nov. 2 edition of the paper. We’re proud of our wonderful attorneys who were featured in this publication, and in such a prominent way. Congratulations Kristina and Brett!


Martin Crim Awarded 2016 Special Project Award

Manassas, Fredericksburg & Lakeridge VA, October 28, 2016-The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian would like to congratulate Martin R. Crim, of VF&N and the Manassas City Attorney’s Office on the honor of receiving the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia 2016 Special Project Award.

According to the press release posted by The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, the LGA “honored the LGA’s Sign Ordinance Committee with its 2016 Special Projects Award at its recently concluded annual fall conference in James City County. The Award recognizes members who have worked on a project of significant importance to the LGA or local government generally. Recognized for their participation were Tara McGee of Chesterfield County, William Macali of Virginia Beach, Martin Crim of Manassas, Anthony Williams of Winchester, Gregory Kamptner of Albemarle County, Adam Melita of Norfolk, and Alan Smith of Prince William County.The members of this Committee were tasked with reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Reed v. Town of Gilbert decision which called into question the constitutionality of many local sign ordinances. The Sign Ordinance Committee analyzed the decision and its impacts on local sign regulations, advised LGA members of the legal and practical implications of the decision, and drafted a model sign ordinance that would be legally defensible in the wake of this decision. This Committee’s work assisted LGA members in providing the best and most up-to-date advice to local government officials.”

We are extremely proud of Martin and his hard work and dedication throughout the drafting of a model sign ordinance for the LGA Ad HOC Sign Ordinance Committee in the wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Martin has demonstrated time and again why he is such an asset to Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, as well as the city of Manassas, through his persistence and determination, while working with the professionalism and excellence that the attorneys at VF&N possess. We congratulate Martin on this very great recognition.


5th Annual Employment Law Summit

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian together with Prince William SHRM hosted their 5th Annual Employment Law Summit on October 14, 2016, and with nearly 200 attendees, it was a wonderful success!

Two of our VF&N attorneys, Kristina Spitler and Brendan Cassidy, presented at the event, as well as EEOC Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic, Michael Douglas Scott and Pete Hughes from First Coast Security, and Frasier Ives from Wells Fargo.

Attendees ranged from human resource professionals, business owners, executives, managers and administrative personal, and the presentations were strategically developed to provide them with the most relevant and critical information in employment law and HR relations, in an engaging and useful format. Presentations included Hot Employment Law Topics of 2016, Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Overview, The Benefits Compliance Merry-Go-Round, Study of Harassment in the Workplace, Politics in the Workplace, and Wage and Hour Hollywood Squares.

Our firm is proud to have jointly hosted this event for it’s fifth year, and look forward to another amazing Employment Law Summit in 2017!

VF&N’s Raffle Giveaway Item: Amazon Echo.


Lovely Tables with VF&N and PWSHRM wine glasses, stress balls, and cell phone vent clips.


Beautiful flower arrangements by the Flower Gallery of Manassas.


Morning check in.


There were numerous amazing raffle prizes, including the Amazon Echo, GoPro, FitbitFlex and more!


Aflac’s wonderful sponsor table.


Brown and Brown Insurance’s sponsor table boasted a “Guess The Number of Candy Corn” game. The winner won a gift card!


Our Chamber Sponsors at their wonderful table.


The VF&N table had numerous giveaways and gifts, and the pretzels may have been the only salty snacks around, making our table pretty frequently visited throughout the day!


Better Benefits Group sponsor table ladies


Sev1Tech’s sponsor team



Alyssa from our VF&N staff tended our table and interacted with guests 


Brown and Brown Sponsor team


First Coast Security speakers and sponsors, Michael Douglas Scott and Pete Hughes


Welcoming and checking in guests.


Breakfast setup at Foxchase Manor.


Our ACTS donation boxes which were filled with toiletries by the end of the event. Thank you to all who donated.


Eric Boyle as MC kept the flow of the event going.



Kristina Spitler explaining how our VF&N cell phone car vent clips work.


Joe Sullivan already putting his to use.


Kristina Spitler covering the 2016 Hot Employment Law Topics.




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Pete Hughes presenting on Workplace Violence.




Michael Douglas Scott going over Active Shooter plans. 



Attendees vent clips became pretty handy during the presentations as well.



Frasier Ives presenting on the Benefits Compliance 




 Anita from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce spoke about their organization


Brown and Brown’s representative speaking during the lunch break


Wells Fargo sponsor speaker


Commissioner Victoria Lipnic discussing Harassment in the Workplace 





Kristina Spitler and Victoria Lipnic


Brendan Cassidy discussing Politics in the Workplace





Wage and Hour Hollywood Squares interactive game was hosted by Kristina Spitler and was an entertaining portion of the event.




Teams deciding their votes.




Starting the raffle.





The entire committee of the Employment Law Summit.


Amy and Alyssa, our helpful staff at VF&N.



“The Loving Story” Screening Event

On the evening of September 20, 2016, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian had the honor of sponsoring a historic event where the Old Dominion Bar Association, the Prince William County Bar Association, and the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association came together to present a screening of the documentary “The Loving Story”. The film chronicles the lives and legal battle of Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed race couple who were exiled from their home state of Virginia due to its law against interracial marriage. Due to the efforts of Kristina Keech Spitler, a shareholder at VF&N, this event combined members of all of the bar associations for a historic evening that brought the community together. 

We were especially honored by the presence of Bernard S. Cohen, legal counsel to the Lovings, who fought and won their case in the Supreme Court of Virginia, eliminating the ban against the interracial marriage law. Bernard Cohen also has a special connection to our firm, as he is the father of Karen Cohen, one of our esteemed attorneys.

The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County generously hosted the event, and it was packed with over 100 attendees, including Honorable Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, Mayor Hal Parrish, Senator Scott Surovell and many other esteemed members of the three associations.

Special thanks to Jirani Coffee House for providing food and beverages for purchase. This was certainly an evening to remember! Stay on the lookout for the Loving’s story coming to the big screen November 4, 2016 in the new movie “Loving”.


The screening was held in the Arthur Kellar Theater at the Center for the Arts

The screening was held in the Arthur Kellar Theater at the Center for the Arts
Brett Callahan of VF&N


The Jirani Coffee House team


Michael Vanderpool and Robert Beard of VF&N peruse the program for the event


Rick Nishanian of VF&N



Michael Vanderpool of VF&N and the Mayor of Manassas, Hal Parrish


Martin Crim of VF&N, reading through the Loving case chronology


Kristina Spitler of VF&N, making announcements prior to the showing


President Alexandra Ribe of the VWAA


Jeanie Wiethop of the Prince William County Bar Association


Speaker on behalf of President Jane Reynolds of the Old Dominion Bar Association


Bernie Cohen and his wife Rae


Randy Frostick of VF&N shakes the hand of Bernard Cohen after viewing the film


There was a line to meet Mr. Cohen and shake his hand. It was an emotional and memorable evening


Cohen joked and laughed with attendees


Martin Crim meets Bernard Cohen


Neal Knudsen of VF&N and his wife, meet Bernard Cohen



Bernard Cohen surrounded by his family



Bernie and Rae


Kristina Spitler, Bernard Cohen and Karen Cohen


Mary Grace O’Malley, Bernard Cohen and Karen Cohen



VF&N Welcomes Olaun A. Simmons-Municipal Practice

MANASSAS—September 2, 2016—Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. announced today that Olaun A. Simmons has joined the firm as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas in its Municipal practice. Simmons brings more than ten years of experience in the Commonwealth where he worked with clients in a broad range of matters while practicing with the Law Firm of Olaun A. Simmons, and as the Town Attorney for the town of Dumfries. Simmons also serves as the Town Attorney for Quantico.

“Olaun is a great addition to our municipal practice. It’s clear that from his time as the Town Attorney for Dumfries, he understands the way municipalities and government work, and has demonstrated an impressive amount of success with his clients,” said Martin R. Crim, Shareholder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. “This is a strong fit for both our firm and Olaun, and we’re thrilled to have him joining our team.”

“Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian has continuously provided our clients with exceptional service because we have exceptional attorneys to handle their cases. We feel that Olaun will fit right in with our firm’s high standards, and will strive to provide the best outcome for each client. We’re very pleased to welcome him to our firm.” said Michael Vanderpool, Managing Shareholder of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian.

About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is a law firm located in Manassas, VA, established in 1986. The firm serves clients across a variety of practice areas, ranging from Business and Real Estate law, to Civil Litigation, Municipal and Employment Law. The firm’s reputation is for trust, expertise and high quality legal services, and it is actively committed to both clients and the community. To learn more about Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., visit www.vfnlaw.com


Brett Callahan Honored As One Of Virginia’s “Up And Coming”

We’re proud to announce that our own Brett Callahan has been honored by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Magazine with the nomination of one of Virginia’s “Up and Coming Lawyers”. This award is presented to legal practitioners who are being recognized for establishing a name for themselves in the field of law as well as their community. This prestigious award is presented to attorneys who have displayed the ability to go above and beyond, and are thriving with ambition, drive and determination that sets them apart from their peers. This award is meant for attorneys who have excelled in their first ten years of practice. We are thrilled that Brett has received this honor, and know that she will continue to do great things in her career, for her clients, and for the community.


Kristina Spitler Honored As One Of The “Leaders In The Law”

We’re thrilled to announce that our own Kristina Keech Spitler has been selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Media’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2016.

This award honors lawyers who are setting a high standard of excellence in the legal field, especially for other lawyers with the Leaders in the Law awards program. Attorneys are recognized by their peers for their significant accomplishment and achievements, outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Virginia, and leadership in improving the justice system.

This year’s response to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s call for nominations was tremendous and we take pride in saluting all of Kris’ accomplishments and are proud to know that she has obtained the respect of her peers and the community.