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VF&N’s Attorney Karen Cohen named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law”

The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, P.C. congratulate Attorney Karen Cohen on being named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law”. Karen consistently demonstrates honesty, good judgment, and ethical behavior. She is highly motivated and intellectually curious. She has earned the respect and trust of her partners, clients, colleagues, opposing counsel and others.


She came to our firm five years ago with an unusual background. Karen’s undergraduate architecture degree from the University of Virginia had led her to a first career with an architecture firm; however, she decided on law school at Georgetown and ultimately a master’s degree in real estate development (MRED) from George Mason University in 2012. Karen was recognized by George Mason University as one of its 2017 Prominent Patriots for her continued service to the Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) program and Alumni Chapter.


Karen’s influence extends beyond her career accomplishments. She has been a leader of several working groups involving real estate development professionals and local government leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and through Karen’s leadership, our firm became one of the Founding Firms in LSNV’s Firm Stand for Justice Campaign, supporting the largest legal aid organization in Northern Virginia.

Dedication to the arts:

In addition to Karen’s contributions to the legal profession, the real estate development industry, and real estate education, Karen was one of the attorneys who envisioned and planned a local bar project that received a 2017 Award of Merit for Excellence in Bar Projects from the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations (CLSBA). She co-hosted a screening of The Loving Story, the 2011 documentary that inspired the 2016 motion picture, Loving. 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 showcasing how the law and the arts converged to tell a powerful story of justice and love.

Karen Cohen is indeed an influential leader in our firm, the community, and in her field of law.

Manassas Law Firm Announces the Formation of Technology Subcontractors & Suppliers Legal Team

cleanroom construction infographicIn 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 and ultrapure water suppliers, tech and manufacturing subcontractors and suppliers are highly specialized vendors. When relocating or preparing to do business in Northern Virginia, technology subcontractors and suppliers need local legal counsel to help navigate the regulatory landscape in the area.

“Being located just miles from microchip fabrication plants, aerostructures companies, and other high-tech businesses, VF&N saw a need for a legal team to provide services tailored to the tech industry’s subcontractors and suppliers,” said Randolph Frostick, Esq. President of Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian P.C. “What sets VF&N attorneys apart is their knowledge of local and state laws, and their experience  in responding to the challenges that  subcontractors face, whether they are currently located in or relocating to our region.”

About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, P.C has been serving the business community in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas for over thirty years and is keenly focused on providing innovative solutions for our client’s legal needs. VF&N provides solutions from lawyers you trust.

Name – Randolph D. Frostick
Phone #: 703-369-4738
Email: rfrostick@vfnlaw.com
Website: TechContractorLaw.com

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 cultural landscape and why being a good leader of your Company includes correctly identifying and addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in your workplace. Eight specific strategies will be provided to leaders for combating sexual discrimination and reducing the risk for your business. Open and lively discussion, questions and sharing your experiences and challenges are encouraged. The Acting Director of the EEOC Washington Field Office, Mindy Weinstein, an experienced employment attorney, Kristina Keech Spitler will address best practices. Light breakfast included. No cost, registration required.

When: May 15, 2018 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Where: Westfields Center
Greens 1 Building
15049 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
1st Floor Auditorium


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 peers who demonstrate citizenship, scholarship, and leadership in their daily lives as a Prominent Patriot. Read more about the award and this year’s recipients here.

In addition to her work as a partner attorney at VF&N, Karen Cohen (MS Real Estate Development, ’12) also currently serves as a director-at-large on the School of Business Alumni Chapter Board. She helped create the Mason’s Real Estate Development Industry Group, which she served as its first director. She is also on the strategic plan committee for Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) and the fundraising committee for the Annual Business Celebration.

Congratulations Karen Cohen!


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!

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.