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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 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.










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, in depth, about local opportunities and issues, broadening their knowledge and giving them an edge, while enhancing their leadership skills as they connect with other leaders and future leaders of the community.

This is Leadership Prince William’s 9th class where graduates will have covered topics like History and Government, Economic Development, Public Safety, Education, Arts and Culture, Health and Human Services and Communication, among a multitude of other subjects.

The graduates from Leadership Prince William’s classes will go on to become key decision makers within their fields, honing their learned leadership skill to represent and support the community.

We’re very proud of our own Brett Callahan, who practices Civil Litigation, Municipal Law, Creditor’s Rights, and Real Estate law at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. We know that she will continue to do great things within our firm and her community!


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 locations within the firm. Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian was proudly named among the firms in this survey, tying for the 65th spot on the list. The compilation was published as a supplemental piece in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly magazine and online.

The firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian became one of Virginia’s largest law firms due to their wide range of practice areas, excellence in each field, and their knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who continuously achieve the best results for their clients. Their reputation within the community has garnered respect and trust, and with nine partners, six associates and team of legal staff, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian will continue to grow, providing top notch legal representation and service.

About Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian is a full-service law firm based in Manassas, VA, with locations in Fredericksburg and Lakeridge, VA. Established by Michael R. Vanderpool in 1986, the firm serves clients through a wide range of practice areas including Business and Corporate Law, Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Real Estate Law and much more. To learn more about Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, visit them at www.vfnlaw.com.


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 in business, innovation, and exemplary contributions to businesses, organizations, and the community.

PW Business Awards in Manassas

Michael Vanderpool of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

This year, an exciting new legacy award was added to the Business category. It gained it’s name from the recently retired Virginia State Senator Charles Colgan. The Charles J. Colgan award was sponsored by the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian and is awarded to a nominee who displays exceptional leadership within their organization and community. This year the award was presented to Rex Parr, who recently retired from his long time presidency at Didlake Inc. Mr. Parr is known as an innovator, whose dedication, and consistent advocacy for the disabled community has helped Didlake Inc. create thousands of opportunities for those with disabilities to become involved in businesses and in their communities.

We congratulate Mr. Parr as well as all of the nominees and winners of the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards! We at Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian were proud to be a part of such a wonderful evening of recognition, and hope that it has inspired others to serve in their community and workplace, and support non-profit organizations throughout Northern Virginia!

The effort of one person can make a difference in the lives of many, and we were thrilled to help honor such extraordinary people! We look forward to supporting the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for many years to come!


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