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Threat to Broadband Expansion

 Threat to Broadband Expansion In Grano v. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Judge Moon of the Federal District Court made preliminary rulings about a new Virginia law that allows electric utilities to put broadband cables in existing electrical easements. The facts are these: A new state law in 2020 granted electric utilities like Rappahannock Electric Cooperative the power to [...]

Part 2: What Constitutes Relief for the use of Cannabis Oil!

 What constitutes relief for the legal or lawful use of cannabis oil? The new law statute talks explicitly about what happens when somebody needs to have medical cannabis oil. One thing they must do, is they have to possess an unexpired written certification from a practitioner (which could be a doctor or a nurse practitioner.) [...]

Part 1: Medical use of cannabis oil, what the new law says!

Virginia’s new law that prohibits employers from discharging, disciplining, or discriminating against an employee for the employee's lawful use of cannabis oil. Virginia recently enacted a new law that makes it unlawful for employers to discharge, discipline or discriminate against an employee for the employee’s lawful use of “cannabis oil.”  In order for the use [...]

New Associate Joins VF&N

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of our newest associate Monica Munin. She is currently licensed and authorized to practice law in the District of Columbia. Her practice includes employment law as well as litigation. Prior to joining VF&N, Ms. Munin worked as an associate at Brustein & Manasevit PLLC [...]

New Associate Joins VF&N

Tyler J. BlaserAssociate Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of our newest associate Tyler J Blaser. His practice includes commercial real estate, business, and other complex financial transactions. Prior to joining VF&N, Mr. Blaser worked as a business transaction and commercial litigation associate for Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC and [...]

“Virginia’s Go-To Lawyer” in Employment Law

Employment Law- Kristina Keech Spitler Congratulations to Kristina Keech Spitler for being named as “Virginia’s Go-to Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW). This program recognizes the top lawyers across the commonwealth in a given practice area. A “Virginia's Go To Lawyer” is defined as: A lawyer who is an expert in his or her field, [...]

Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace: Virtual Seminar

Delving into the Weeds: How to Prepare for the Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace Join Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. for this one hour session where she will review Virginia’s new marijuana-related legislation and explain what it means for employers. Attendees can expect to learn about the particulars of

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EMPLOYMENT LAW SUMMIT 2021

Oct. 8th, 2021: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm Manassas, VA Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C. in collaboration with Prince William SHRM will host our 10th annual Employment Law & HR Virtual Summit, Level up: HR as the game changer. The Summit offers an easy and affordable way to summarize and highlight the most up-to-date information employers

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Town of Quantico: Chesapeake Bay Preservation

Olaun A. Simmons, as legal counsel for the Town of Quantico, Virginia, recently completed a lengthy and extensive review and revision of the Town of Quantico’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan in order to achieve compliance with Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. As a result of Mr. Simmons’s work and diligence, on March

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Bradley Marshall, Esq. will teach CLE on the representation of mentally ill defendants in criminal cases

VF&N’s criminal defense attorney, Bradley Marshall, will co-teach CLE on the representation of mentally ill defendants in criminal cases March 9th and March 31st, 2021 Register Here: https://www.vacle.org/product.aspx?zpid=7147 The Virginia State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct form the backdrop of any attorney-client-based interaction. In their application to handling mentally ill clients, the Rules are instructive

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VF&N is Named One of the Best Places to Work in Virginia!

VF&N is Named One of the Best Places to Work in Virginia! Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is honored to be named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business Magazine and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best

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“Go-To Lawyer” in Business Law

Congratulations to Michael Vanderpool for being named as a “Go-to Lawyer” in Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW). This program recognizes the top lawyers across the commonwealth in a given practice area, and the first field of practice is business law. A “Go To Lawyer” is defined as: A lawyer who is an expert in

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2020 Virginia Business Legal Elite

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been recognized by the Virginia Business Magazine as being among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” within their various practice categories. We are extremely honored to celebrate their continued success and exceptional work!

EMPLOYMENT LAW SUMMIT 2020

EMPLOYMENT LAW SUMMIT 2020 Oct. 9th, 2020: 8:30 am- 1:00 pm If you enjoyed our 2020 Legislative Update and Business Continuity Resources COVID Series, this event will not disappoint! Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C in collaboration with Prince William SHRM will host our 9th annual Employment Law Summit, Moving Forward Together. The Summit offers an easy and affordable

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New Associate Joins VF&N

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of our newest associate Laura M. D’Agostino. Her practice includes employment law and litigation. Laura’s passion for business and employment law stems from her upbringing and involvement in her family’s business. In this role, Laura assumed significant management responsibilities as she interacted with local

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Effective Immediately: New Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standards For Business and Facility Owners

Part 1 of a Series By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. On July 27th, 2020, the “New Emergency Temporary Standard – Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19” by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (“DOLI”) became effective and applies to virtually all employers in Virginia. It is the first of its kind in the

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Covenants Not to Compete with Low Wage Employees

(Part Four of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. A new law prohibits Virginia employers from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce non-compete agreements with low wage employees.  A “low-wage employee” is defined as a worker whose average weekly earnings during the previous 52 weeks “are less than

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Hiring Independent Contractors: New Laws for Virginia Employers

(Part Four of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. Employers Must Report Independent Contractors to the Virginia New Hire Reporting Center A new law requires Employers to submit independent contractor information to the Virginia New Hire Reporting Center in the same manner as employees if the independent contractor: Has

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Virginia Minimum Wage Increase

(Part Three of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. Virginia employers will need to comply with a new Virginia minimum wage increase to $9.50 an hour starting May 1, 2021. Initially the minimum wage increase was planned for January 1, 2021, but Governor Northam delayed the increase as a

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Employers Who Fail to Pay Wages: Employee Private Right of Action

(Part Three of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. While businesses have been focused on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely, educating kids, and figuring out how to return to work safely, new laws will go into effect starting on July 1, 2020 that you need to know

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Required Written Statement of Hours Worked

(Part Three of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. While businesses have been focused on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely, educating kids, and figuring out how to return to work safely, new laws will go into effect starting on July 1, 2020 that you need to

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Marijuana, Arrests, Charges, and Convictions: A New Law Creates Changes For Employers.

**Part Two of a Four-Part Series: Click Here for Full Series** By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq.  Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. In Part 2, we will address a new law that prohibits employers from inquiring into possession of marijuana for employee applicants, and a law that restricts state agencies and localities when inquiring

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Sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status were added to the list of protected classifications in Virginia

**Part One of a Four-Part Series: Click Here for Full Series** By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. While businesses have been focused on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely, educating kids, and figuring out how to return to work safely, new laws will go into

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You signed a contract for your business – Can the other side come after you personally?

Let’s assume that you are the owner of a small business (a corporation or limited liability company) working to obtain a contract for services for the business. You’ve done your research, found a solid services company to work with, negotiated the services and payment details, and are at the conference room table about to sign

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Are electronic signatures (e-signatures) really binding?

As more and more transactions take place via the internet, it is important for individuals to understand, and be aware of, the liability that may be associated with electronically signing a document. Virginia, like many other states, has adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”); see Virginia Code § 59.1-479, et seq. The UETA makes

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CARES Act Grant Funds Available for Manassas Businesses

The City of Manassas is launching a new small business relief grant program. The City anticipates receiving CARES Act funds from the Federal government which may be used, in part, to provide support for small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) intend to use some

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Can a rescue squad protect itself from local government accountability by becoming a non-stock corporation?

The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia hired Martin Crim of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C. to draft an amicus curiae brief in the Virginia Supreme Court case of Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad v. Board of County Supervisors of Prince William County.  The case started when members of the rescue squad falsified operational records and the County’s Operational Medical Director

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Exit Strategy: Does your business need a buy-sell agreement?

An exit strategy is the method by which a business will transfer ownership (all or only a portion of it) to a third party at some point in the future. This is often memorialized in a company’s Operating Agreement, Bylaws, or other formal and binding contracts, and is typically referred to as a buy-sell agreement

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Failure to Protect Employees From Covid-19 can Result in Fines or Worse

With a steady increase of reported COVID-19 infections, employers face increased risks regarding their employees’ safety. Risks include potential fines and other penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violation of the OSHA Act. Employers Have an Obligation Under the OSHA Act, employers have an obligation to “furnish to each of his

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Does the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) apply to my business?

The FFCRA was enacted in response to the Corona virus and, in part, requires all private for-profit and not-for-profit employers with fewer than 500* employees along with government employers (“Covered Employers”) to provide certain paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees. To determine whether the FFCRA is applicable to your business,

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What should you do to best protect your business from litigation arising out of the Covid-19 crisis?

What should you do to best protect your business from litigation arising out of the Covid-19 crisis? Stay up to date.  The federal government is passing a significant number of new laws in response to the crisis, especially related to employment.  Additionally, governors, administrative agencies, and courts are issuing orders changing how a business or

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Who bears the risk if a contract can’t be fulfilled due to a Covid-19 hardship?

Who bears the risk if a contract can’t be fulfilled due to a Covid-19 hardship? It is important for businesses to review any existing contracts they believe could be affected by these disruptions.  When reviewing your contracts consider these measures: Identify the “choice of law” or “governing law” provision in the contract. Does the contract

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VF&N Welcomes New Attorney

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce Jonathan S. Gelber, Esq., formerly of Gelber & Associates, PLLC, has joined our firm. Mr. Gelber comes to Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C. as Of Counsel with over 35 years of experience and practice in collections and in civil litigation within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Gelber

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Virtual Meetings and Consultations Now Available

In efforts to continue to serve our clients in a safe and CDC compliant manner, we are now offering virtual meetings and consultations. If you are interested in scheduling a virtual consultation or meeting with your attorney, please call 703-369-4738 and one of our legal assistants will schedule a zoom appointment.

Resources to Help Employers Respond to Workplace Issues From COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

By: Kristina Keech Spitler, Esquire FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFO, PLEASE VISIT OUR COVID-19 PAGE DOWNLOAD REPORT FOR PRINT Given the fast-paced and changing nature of the impacts of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic, businesses are working to respond in the best manner possible for the safety of their employees and customers while

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2020 Member’s Choice- 10 years of Excellence in Business

On Thursday evening February 27, 2020 the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 10th Annual Business Awards to honor the best of the local business community. Awards recognize excellence in business, innovative practices, and outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers. Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. was

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Martin R. Crim is appointed interim Town Attorney for Leesburg.

The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian would like to congratulate Martin R. Crim for being appointed interim attorney for the town of Leesburg. About Martin Crim Martin is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. He currently serves as the Town Attorney for Culpeper, Haymarket,

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VF&N Welcomes New Attorney

Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce Brad Marshall has joined our firm. Bradley Marshall joins VF&N as an associate. He brings over a decade of experience as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County, Virginia. Mr. Marshall is leading the firm’s launch of its Criminal, Traffic and White Collar Defense practice,

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When is the last time you updated your employee handbook?

Join us for a free upcoming seminar: Employee Handbooks. Will Yours Make the Grade? February 13th, 2020 Time: 8:30 am –10:00 am Location: Paul Davis training room- 44601 Guilford Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147 Join Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.’s employment law attorneys Kris Spitler and Brendan Cassidy for a presentation on how to create an

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7 Reasons Good Attorneys are Worth Their Weight in Wine

According to WVTF, Wine Spectator Magazine named Virginia a top world destination for wine lovers to visit, along with places like France, Germany, Spain, and New Zealand so it’s no wonder wineries are popping up all over Virginia. In Northern Virginia, in particular, wineries and breweries have gained popularity because of their access to interstates

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Six Attorneys Named Legal Elite in 2019

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is proud to announce that six of its attorneys have been recognized by the Virginia Business Magazine as being among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” 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 continued success

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Blast From The Past- 2002 VF&N Building Ground Breaking

February 12th, 2002 Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.  groundbreaking ceremony of the current VF&N building in Old Town Manassas. Brought to you by the magic of VHS conversion. Mr. Vanderpool speaks to the vision he had for his firm and surrounding community. Paraphrased: Today represents an intersection of two different visions; my vision to create

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Avoiding Litigation: Free Seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Centerfuse in Manassas Join VF&N’s litigation attorney Brett Callahan as she presents at the Oct. YPNOVA Success Series Seminar: Avoiding Litigation. Ms. Callahan will cover common mistakes businesses make that can lead to or increase the risk of litigation related to contracts, real estate, employment, intellectual property, business formation, and

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Four VF&N attorneys rated AV Preeminent®

Congratulations to our team of AV Preeminent® attorneys Randolph Frostick, Olaun Simmons, Michael Vanderpool & Kristina Keech Spitler! AV Preeminent® is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest professional achievement, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services. Litigation | Randolph Frostick rated 4.7/5.0 Read reviews here Municipal and Land Use | Olaun Simmons rated 4.9/5.0 Read

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So What Did Change with the New Proffer Law?

In our first blog post on the 2019 Virginia proffer legislation, we told you what hasn’t changed with the new law. As promised, now we will address what has changed. Myth: Under the new law, localities have no liability exposure for unreasonable demands unless the governing body requests one in writing, so planning staff can

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Eighth Annual Employment Law and HR Summit

  Eighth Annual Employment Law and HR SummitVision 2020: The Future of HR   Friday, October 11, 2019 – 8:00am-5:00pm Foxchase Manor: 8310 Chatsworth Drive, Manassas, Virginia 20109   REGISTER HERE    As a human resource professional, business owner, executive, manager or administrative personnel tasked with dealing with HR issues, you need to stay on

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Client awarded large Australian government contract

In a press release by the Australian Minister for Defence; issued March 06, 2019 it was announced that “the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will receive a new sovereign air transportable Submarine Rescue Service capability under a contract with Phoenix International (Australia).” Attorney Christopher Collins speaks to the proposal efforts, the due diligence performed to vet

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How to Protect Your Business When Ice Agents Want To Inspect Your I-9 Forms

ICE Agents have been active recently in the Prince William area and other parts of the VA/DC/MD metropolitan area, investigating businesses (especially small and medium companies) to determine compliance with properly completing and retaining I-9 forms.  Employers in industries involving construction, restaurants, landscaping, and janitorial/cleaning services are frequently (but by no means the only) targets

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Book Smarts…VF&N attorney, textbook contributor

Pictured above: VF&N land use and zoning attorney, Karen Cohen, with legendary engineer, Sid Dewberry, PE, LS, Chairman Emeritus, Dewberry, Kat Grimsley, Director of the MS Real Estate Development program at George Mason University, and the team of book contributors, celebrating the publication of the third in a series of land development books by industry-leading

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Land use and zoning explained: Repurposing an established building through a special use permit

The commercial real estate and property sector in Northern Virginia and Prince William County has experienced fluctuations in recent years which resulted in vacant buildings. For the owners of these properties, they’re left with a tough decision – let the property stay vacant or repurpose the property. Repurposing property is using a building differently than

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Airbnb now adds 7% tax and gives money to cities

According to a recent article, the Virginia town of Blacksburg received $27,000 in taxes for four months of Airbnb rentals after it signed an agreement with the vacation rental company. Sounds like a win for localities, right? VF&N’s municipal attorney Martin Crim says differently. “Blacksburg is getting $6750 per month in transient occupancy taxes from

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FINDING COMMON GROUND ON PROFFER REFORM IN VIRGINIA

Since its controversial passage in 2016, Virginia’s Proffer Reform Law has continued to stir debate. Despite the rift between homebuilders and local governments over the law, efforts are underway to find common ground. Initially, opponents of the law sought either outright repeal or additional exemptions to make the law inapplicable to certain parts of the

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General Contractors Beware of New Maryland Law

by Guy R. Jeffress, Esq. The Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 853, which took effect on October 1, 2018, that added the following text to Section 3-507.2 of the Maryland Code, Labor & Employment: In an action brought under subsection (a) of this section, a general contractor on a project for construction services is

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VF&N Litigation Attorney Brett A. Callahan Wins Precedent Setting Cell Tower Case for Homeowners

Special Use Permit is Invalid On Sept. 10th, 2018, Prince William County Circuit Court Judge Carroll Weimer, Jr. ruled in favor of a group of homeowners, voiding the grant of a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a cell phone tower. Under the legal representation of Brett A. Callahan of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C. litigation [...]

VF&N Announces the Formation of Technology Subcontractors & Suppliers Legal Team

In response to recent tech industry expansions and the resulting attraction of technology subcontractors and suppliers to the area, Vanderpool, Frostick, and Nishanian, P.C. (VF&N) announces the formation of its Technology Subcontractors and Suppliers Legal Team to support the needs of this industry. With stringent work requirements such as clean room construction, specialized semiconductor materials

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7th Annual Employment Law & HR Summit

Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C. together with Prince William SHRM, Inc. are pleased to invite you to attend the 7th Annual Employment Law & HR Summit. XPLORE HR: Navigating the Road Ahead October 12, 2018 ~ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foxchase Manor, 8310 Chatsworth Drive, Manassas, VA 20109 Being informed about changes in the

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Limited Liability Company Considerations

Many states have simplified the process of forming a business entity. In many jurisdictions the formation of a limited liability company or “LLC” can be completed either on-line or by filing a single page form along with the payment of a filing fee. Although the filing of the formation documents is quite easy there are

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VF&N Celebrates the Achievements of Local Youth

VF&N’s attorneys Martin Crim, Neal Knudsen, and Kris Spitler, in conjunction with the Prince William County Bar Association and the amazing social services teams of Manassas City and Manassas Park, joined together to celebrate the achievements of local youth who have come in contact with the Prince William County juvenile justice system. These young adults have

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8 Corporate Strategies for Reducing Sexual Discrimination

Being a good leader of your company includes correctly identifying and addressing sexual harassment in the current culture of #MeToo and #Time’sUp. Below are eight steps any business should consider when reviewing their sexual discrimination policies and risk management. Company leadership makes a visible commitment to addressing sexual harassment Ensure you & your entire management

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May 15th: Corporate Leadership Strategies for Combating Sexual Harassment

Join our very own Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and special guest, Mindy Weinstein, Acting Director of the EEOC Washington Field Office for a lively presentation for CEOs, CFOs, Presidents, Officers and other leaders in your business on: “Combating Sexual Harassment: Corporate Leadership Strategies” Ms. Spitler and Ms. Weinstein will identify sexual discrimination risks in today’s changing

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Michael Vanderpool nominated for Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award

We are proud to announce that Michael Vanderpool has been nominated by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award. This award, named for Virginia’s longest-serving statesman, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership within their organization and the community at large. They are innovative, team players, and advocates

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LGA appoints Olaun Simmons as Vice-Chair of Outreach Committee

Local Governments Association appoints Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian municipal attorney Olaun Simmons as LGA Outreach Committee Vice-Chair We are proud to announce that VF&N municipal attorney Olaun Simmons has been appointed by the Local Governments Association (LGA) as Vice-Chair to its Outreach Committee. The LGA Outreach Committee is primarily responsible for planning and arranging the annual

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Meet the Staff: Kathy Sabey

Welcome back to our ‘Meet the Staff’ series where we are introducing the dedicated staff who work behind the scenes at Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian to make the work our attorneys do for our clients possible! We take pride in our staff and the work they put in to ensure our business runs smoothly, often

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Community Spotlight: Monza Martini Wows at VWAA Retreat

Monza’s Martini Wows at VWAA Retreat Last weekend, VF&N attorneys Brett Callahan, Karen Cohen, and Kris Spitler attended the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA) annual retreat, where Karen and Kris won the cocktail making competition. Their secret? A little help from our friends over at Monza in Old Town Manassas who taught them the recipe

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Guy Jeffress joins VF&N Business Transaction Practice

MANASSAS—January 2, 2018—Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. is pleased to announce that Guy Jeffress has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Real Estate and Corporate Transactions practice. Jeffress has nearly 20 years of legal experience as both private practice and as in-house counsel in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. About Guy Jeffress

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2017: A Year in Review

Welcome to the Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C. 2017 Review - here you can find a snapshot of some of our firm's biggest news, events, and posts from 2017! 200 attend 6th Annual Employment Law Summit VF&N hosted our 6th annual Employment Law Summit in partnership with PWSHRM and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.  [...]

Cheers to Randy for Effingham Manor Winery Win

VF&N Litigation Attorney Randolph D. Frostick Wins Case for Effingham Manor Winery This story was reported in full in VA Lawyers’ Weekly (login required). The Case The conversion of the 18th century historic estate, Effingham Manor, into a winery caused a stir among residential neighbors who claimed that the winery breached the community’s 2004 development covenants

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Forming a company? Corporation, Partnership, or LLC

Forming a company? When forming a company or changing the organization of your current business, it is important to know the different options available to you. The legal entity that you are operating will determine what tax structure you will comply with and your legal liability as a business owner, among other things. This post

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation vs. Arbitration

As our society becomes increasingly litigious, individuals and entities are seeking to avoid the costly, public, and time intensive process of a law suit. As a result, interest in mediation and arbitration has also increased. So what is the difference between the two? This post will give an overview of the similarities and differences between

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Meet the Staff: Susan Martin

In this blog series, we are introducing the VF&N staff who work behind the scenes to make the work our attorneys do for our clients possible. They are legal assistants, bookkeepers, receptionists, and office managers (and marketing directors!). If you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of our firm, we are pulling back the curtain

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Hosting on Airbnb? Here are some legal tips!

Thinking about renting your home on Airbnb? Make sure to check your local laws! Local laws and regulations often fail to keep up with the speed of market innovation, leaving jurisdictions scrambling to balance personal liberty and community safety. This is the case with Airbnb and other short term rental sites that allow homeowners to

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Community Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County

VF&N assisted Habitat for Humanity in opening its new ReStore in Woodbridge, VA   At Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C. community engagement is our priority. Our attorneys and staff are active in a variety of organizations, service groups, and nonprofits both personally and professionally. In this weekly blog series, Community Spotlight, we are highlighting these organizations

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The ABC’s of Estate Planning – Wills, Trusts, and More

This article was originally written by David Wilks, Estate Planning Attorney with Legacy Law Group of Northern Virginia, a division of Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C., on November 6, 2017. Importance of Wills and Trusts – and Other Personal Legal Documents One of the key components in planning for your future is establishing the right

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Community Spotlight: Rotary Club

VF&N attorneys Mike Vanderpool, Randy Frostick, and Brett Callahan have each held leadership positions in local Rotary Clubs At Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C., we value our community ties, and we believe that serving our community extends beyond our professional legal services. Community engagement is a priority, and our attorneys and staff are active in

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Starting a Home Business: Should You See an Attorney?

Written by Martin Crim and Eileen Settlemyer Zoning for your home business Are you interested in operating a business out of your home? In the digital age, starting a business out of your garage or home office is more common than ever. However, most municipalities have very specific requirements for commercial use of residential property

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Community Spotlight: Manassas Center for the Arts

VF&N has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Manassas, Virginia At Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C., we value our community ties, and we believe that serving our community extends beyond our professional legal services. Community engagement is a priority, and our attorneys and staff are active in a variety of organizations, service groups,

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Community Spotlight: Matthew’s Center

VF&N attorney Martin Crim has been on the Matthew’s Center Board of Directors for 4 years and currently serves as the Vice Chair. At Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C., we value our community ties, and we believe that serving our community extends beyond our professional legal services. Community engagement is a priority, and our attorneys

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VF&N Attorney Karen Cohen Awarded GMU Prominent Patriot ’17

Manassas, VA, October 12, 2017– The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian wishes to congratulate Prince William land use and real estate attorney Karen Cohen of VF&N on her selection as a George Mason School of Business Prominent Patriot 2017. Each year, George Mason School of Business honors alumni nominated and selected by their

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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 [...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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Leadership Prince William Honors Brett Callahan with Graduate Certificate

Manassas, VA – On June 2, 2016, Leadership Prince William awarded Brett Callahan with the certificate of completion of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2016! Leadership Prince William hosts an annual class, comprised of leaders from the business, public and non-profit sectors of the Greater Prince William area. Class members spent ten months learning,

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Setting the Stage: The Theater of Court

For many attorneys, the intensity of the court room can add an extra stress factor to an already overwhelming profession. How each person handles the burdens of work is unique to them, but for Robert Beard of Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, it comes by way of a unique transformation: from lawyer to thespian. Robert Beard

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Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian Named One of VA’s Largest Law Firms

For Immediate Release: Manassas, VA. — In their most recent issue, “Virginia Lawyers Weekly” named Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian one of Virginia’s largest law firms. The “Largest Law Firms” survey, which has been conducted since 1989, gives an overview of the 75 largest law firms within the commonwealth of Virginia, and is judged based upon the number of partners, associates, of-counsel members and office

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Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards

A night of celebration took place when Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Business Awards on February 25, 2016. The evening’s event was held at the beautiful Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA and featured a brand new legacy award! Each year, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards recognizes nominees for excellence

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VF&N 2015 VA Legal Elite Winners

Seven of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian’s Attorneys Named Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite”!  Manassas, Fredericksburg & Lakeridge VA, Nov 30, 2015—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

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VF&N to Host Fourth Annual Employment Law Summit

As a human resource professional, business owner, executive, manager or administrative personnel tasked with dealing with HR issues, you need to be on top of the recent developments in employment law that may impact your business. Being informed will help you avoid costly litigation. This Summit is designed to provide you the information you need

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Event on October 28, 2014 – VFN Hosts Prince William Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

More details and to register: http://events.pwchamber.org/sbaweb/events/events.asp?details=true&cale_id=1145&month=10/24/2014 Join us at the offices of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC in Old Town Manassas for a complimentary networking event featuring hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. RSVP requested.

Event on October 3, 2014: Third Annual Employment Law Summit

THIRD ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW SUMMIT Jointly presented by VANDERPOOL, FROSTICK & NISHANIAN, PC and PRINCE WILLIAM SHRM, INC. Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Community Partner Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Continental Event Center 9705 Liberia Avenue Manassas, Virginia 20110 As a business owner, executive, employee supervisor or human resources professional, you

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VF&N Is proud to be Leadership Sponsor of Prince William Chamber Annual Legislative Wrap-Up

VF&N is proud to be a Leadership Sponsor of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Wrap-Up being held on May 15, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at the Old Hickory Golf Club. During this event, Virginia Senators and Delegates will discuss legislation during the 2013 General Assembly session.

Why Every Business Needs A Buy-Sell Agreement

BUY-SELL AGREEMENTS              In today’s business climate, businesses cannot afford to make mistakes.  Yet there is one legal mistake that many small and medium-size businesses often make – they don’t have a buy-sell agreement in place.  This can create several big issues.  For example, without an agreement in place, a business owner may wake up

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Three Legal Documents Every Business Person Needs

1. A “Business Savvy” Will Business men and women have very specialized needs when it comes to wills and estate planning.  We provide advice that integrates business and personal concerns and desires. 2. A “Don’t Steal My Business” Non-Compete Agreement Employee loyalty is not what it used to be and today’s business information is mobile.  This can create

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VF&N Manassas Sponsor for the Chamber State of Prince William

VF&N Manassas Sponsor for the Chamber State of Prince William VF&N is proud to be the Manassas Partner Sponsor for the State of Prince William luncheon hosted by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on February 13, 2014, at the Continental Event Center in Manassas.  You can find out more about the luncheon and register

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VF&N 2013 Legal Elite Winners

VF&N congratulates its 2013 Legal Elite Winners, Michael R. Vanderpool – Business Law; Randolph D. Frostick – Civil Litigation and Christopher M. Collins – Intellectual Property.