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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.


Photo Courtesy of Potomac Local





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.



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!