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Our Attorneys

Michael R. Vanderpool
mvanderpool@vfnlaw.com

Michael Vanderpool

Michael Vanderpool is the founder of ,and Of Counsel to, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian and has been practicing law for over forty years. Michael is an attorney who is also a businessman, who believed in starting a law firm that provided its clients with a measure of high ranking professionalism and expertise. Michael’s numerous years of experience and knowledge have made him into one of the most successful attorneys in the area, and his goal is to provide consistent results and solutions for each and every client, allowing them to thrive.

In addition to his legal practice, Michael is also an adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching in the Real Estate Entrepreneurship Masters Program. He has won numerous awards and honors, such as Virginia’s Business’ “Legal Elite”, as well as graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and Cum Laude. Michael has remained deeply invested in the community, serving on numerous boards over the years as member, chairman and president.

Areas of Practice:

Business and Corporate LawReal EstateLand Use, and Zoning; Business Mergers and Acquisitions 

Industries:

 

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Recipient of Loy E. Harris Award from the City of Manassas for service to the community
  • Recipient of Arthur Sinclair Award from the Prince William County Bar Association for outstanding professionalism
  • City of Manassas Volunteer of the Year
  • Two Presidential wards of Honor from the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary Chairman of the Year of the Child in Prince William County
  • George Mason University Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • City of Manassas Industrial Development Authority, Past Member
  • City of Manassas Republican Party, Past Chairman
  • Prince William Health System, Past Board of Trustees
  • Manassas Rotary Club, Past President
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Past Board Member
  • Prince William/66 Partnership, INC.
  • Manassas Business Council, Appointment
  • Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Counsel
  • University of Mary Washington School of Business Advisory Council
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • Recognized by Virginia Business Magazine and SmartCEO Magazine as a “Legal Elite” business attorney

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law School, 1975
  • Penn State University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972

Experience Highlights:

"I have enjoyed a long term relationship with Mike and his team. Since I relocated to this area 30 years ago we have worked together on many successful projects thanks to him and his team’s skill & ability to get projects approved. I have always found them to be very professional, informed as to the issues relating to my projects and prepared when it came to presentations to boards, planning commissions and councils. They work well with the other outside professionals on my team and Mike is truly a team player. I highly recommend his firm and am convinced there are projects I would not have completed without their involvement.-Ron Skarke, 7-11"

Randolph D. Frostick
rfrostick@vfnlaw.com
Manassas Civil Litigation Lawyer

Randolph Frostick

Randolph Frostick

Randolph Frostick has been providing civil trial and alternative dispute resolution to clients throughout Virginia since 1983 in both state and federal courts and various arbitration and mediation panels. He represents a diverse range of clients, including businesses, municipalities, and individuals, in a wide range of cases. For over thirty years, Randy has provided his clients legal guidance to both avoid and resolve civil disputes without litigation, and when necessary, zealously advocated for their legal rights in court or arbitration.

Before joining VF&N in 1987, Randy was a litigation associate first with McCandlish, Lillard, Rust & Church and then with the Fairfax, Virginia office of Miles & Stockbridge. He was a law clerk to The Honorable James C. Turk of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1982 to 1983.

Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration 

Industries:

Banks, retail, software, services, business owners, investors, creditors, architects, engineers, surveyors, commercial landlords, REITS, shopping centers and malls, real estate developers, brokers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, municipalities, non-profits, trade associations, trusts, estates, fiduciaries, and custom home owners.

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar.
  • Admitted to all Virginia courts.
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for Fourth Circuit and D.C. Circuit, U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.
  • Member, Prince William County Bar Association.
  • Virginia Business Magazine Civil Litigation “Legal Elite” recognition in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010.
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Past Chairman.
  • Director, The Fauquier Bank
  • Historic Manassas, Inc., Past President
  • Fauquier County Soccer Clubs, Past President
  • Manassas Bull Run Rotary Club, Past President.

Education:

  • Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Juris Doctor, 1982.
    -Awarded Order of Coif for high attainment in the study of law.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, BA in Political Science with High Honors, 1979.

Experience Highlights:

  • Breach of contract cases for business and individuals.
  • Commercial construction cases for owners, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Residential construction cases for owners, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Mechanic’s lien and bond cases for owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Commercial lease cases for landlords and tenants.
  • Real estate tax appeals for land owners and municipalities.
  • Takings and eminent domain cases for land owners and condemning authorities.
  • Malpractice cases for and against accountants, engineers and architects.
  • Real estate sales contract cases for sellers, buyers and real estate brokers.
  • Loan default and receivership cases for creditors and debtors.
  • Breach of non-compete and non-solicitation cases for employers and employees.
  • Breach of buy-sell agreement and business owner agreement cases.
  • Conspiracy to injure business and unfair trade practices cases for businesses.
  • Libel, slander, and defamation cases for individuals and businesses.
  • Land use, subdivision and zoning cases for developers, municipalities and property owners.
  • Real estate covenants, boundary dispute and easement cases for owners and property associations.
  • Will contests, estate and trust administration disputes for fiduciaries and beneficiaries.

"VF&N has been an integral part of our professional line up for the past seven years. When it comes down to litigation, I want no one else but Randy Frostick on my team. His legal knowledge and skills are superb and his actions on our behalf are bold, determined and effective."

Dan Wight - President of Mid Atlantic Construction Group

V. Rick Nishanian
vrnishanian@vfnlaw.com

Rick Nishanian is a highly respected real estate attorney. He is well known for his ability to craft legal documents for complex situations, ranging from complicated loan documents to multi-faceted business transactions. Clients appreciate his responsiveness and his attention to detail. These attributes were particularly important when he handled all of the leases for the repopulation of the Springfield Mall. Rick has been a guest lecturer in George Mason’s Masters of Real Estate Development Program.

Areas of Practice:

Commercial Real Estate Transactions; Corporate and Business Law

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic and Community Activities:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Prince William County Bar Associations, Member
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Bull Run Hunt, Past President

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 1984

Experience Highlights:

  • Handled all of the leases for the repopulation of the Springfield Mall
Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq.
kspitler@vfnlaw.com

A shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, Kristina has been practicing law for over twenty five years, and has a perceptive understanding of her client’s legal needs. Using her extensive experience and knowledge, Kristina provides innovative solutions that are specific to each of her clients. Her experience includes Employment Law, Civil Litigation, and Municipal Law.

Kristina is a highly ranked speaker and trainer on the topic of Employment Law issues. She has most recently played a large role in hosting one of the largest annual Employment Law Summits in Virginia for the past several years. Kristina uses her experience in leading organizations to help to build up the legal and local community, and strives to provide her client’s with excellent service, handling their legal situations with professionalism and expertise.

Areas of Practice:

Awards:

  • Named Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Labor/Employment Law by Virginia Business Magazine peer voting system, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015
  • Recipient of the Justitia Award, Prince William Chapter of Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2013
  • Named “Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Recipient of the Loy E. Harris Award for Business Excellence, 2009
  • WUSA Channel 9 Employment Law Subject Matter Expert, 2009
  • Recipient of the “Leaders in the Law” award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2016
  • Workforce Management Magazine, Employment Law Subject Matter Expert

Civic and Community Activities:

  • President-Elect of the Prince William County Bar Association
  • President of Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County, 2010-2012
  • Co-Chair and Chairman of Leadership Prince William, 2010-2012
  • Virginia SHRM State Council Member, 2010
  • President of Prince William SHRM, Inc., 2009-2010
  • President of Virginia Women attorneys Association Prince William, 2009-2010
  • Chairman on the board of Prince William Chamber of Commerce, 2003-2004

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 1985

Experience Highlights:

  • Extensive experience representing businesses, municipalities and individuals on labor and employment, business and litigation matters.
    • Past Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas
    • Past Assistant Town Attorney for Haymarket, Dumfries, Quantico
    • Represented City of Manassas School Board
    • Private industries
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) trained
    •  In compliance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations to handle EEO complaints
    • EEOC mediations & Investigations
  • Ensuring compliance with Title VII, ADEA, ADA and FMLA (amongst other federal, state and local laws)
  • Highly rated speaker and trainer on employment law issues.
  • Corporate Services
    • Policy review
    • Employee handbook creation
    • Staff and management training & presentations
    • Meditation
  • Virginia State Bar
Martin R. Crim
mcrim@vfnlaw.com

Martin Crim is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over twenty-five years, primarily for cities, towns, and other local governments. His practice areas include land use development, code enforcement, eminent domain, social services, tax valuation and collection, human resources, Freedom of Information Act, water and sewer, electric utilities, Virginia Public Procurement Act, and municipal franchises.

As an avid bicyclist, hiker, and craft beer connoisseur, Martin enjoys exploring the local towns and cities he has the privilege of serving.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal Law; Real Estate

Industries:

Local Government; Land Use

Experience Highlights and Representative Work:

  • Town Attorney, Culpeper, Occoquan, Haymarket, & Middleburg
  • Assistant Town Attorney, Herndon
  • City Attorney, Manassas 2011 – 2018
  • Staff Attorney, Prince William County Schools, 1991 – 2007
  • School Board Attorney, Manassas City, 1992 – 2009
  • Shepherded the sale of a 300 acre parcel to a consortium of federal, state and private parties that resulted in the creation of a nature preserve.
  • Drafted a model sign ordinance to address constitutional issues raised by US Supreme Court precedent.
  • Facilitated the conversion of a derelict water treatment plant into a pocket park.
  • Enabled the preservation of a mobile home park that was unable to afford necessary upgrades to its water and sewer systems
  • Defended the closure of a water reservoir to boat traffic against a challenge from an adjacent property owner.
  • Comprehensively modernized  zoning ordinances

Client Testimonials:

“Martin Crim has represented the Town of Culpeper for more than six years. His knowledge in municipal law provides us with expertise in not only routine matters but complex situations as well. The entire firm of VF&N provides outstanding professional service that local governments truly appreciate.” – Chris Hively

“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Crim in his capacity as Town Attorney for Occoquan for over 10 years.  During that time, he has proven to be, not just an outstanding legal counsel, but also an excellent advisor to staff and the Town Council.  His encyclopedic knowledge of both state and Town code is invaluable in helping reach decisions that are legal and sound.  We have turned to Mr. Crim for direction that includes legal matters and for his valuable practical insight gained through years of dealing with a multitude of issues.  I am thankful for his advice on a wide range of topics and appreciative of his ready availability.  He has truly been an asset to the Town’s team.” – Bruce A. Reese, PE, LS – Town Engineer, Legacy Engineering, P.C.

Professional Awards and Community and Civic Activities:

  • 2016 Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Special Project Award (Ad Hoc Sign Ordinance Committee)
  • Chair, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Practice Group for Social Services, 2013-present
  • Manassas Community and Policy Management Team, 1994 – 2011 (Chair, 1995-1999)
  • Board of Directors, Matthews Center for Visual Learning, 2013-present

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, 1991 magna cum laude
  • Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, 1984 cum laude
David B. Wilks
dwilks@vfnlaw.com

David Wilks is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, having practiced law in Northern Virginia and Prince William County for more than twenty-five years as a tax lawyer by training and education..

David has been recognized by his peers in the legal community both locally and statewide for his legal ability and high ethical standards in the legal areas in which he concentrates his practice. David has been named as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by the Virginia Business Magazine in the areas of Taxes, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law every year since 2014. Since 2010, David also has received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, for his legal ability in the fields of business, estate planning and estate and trust administration and his general ethical standards, placing David at the highest level of professional excellence in the legal areas in which David concentrates his practice.

David also is a frequent lecturer, speaking at programs not only sponsored by civic and charitable groups designed to educate the general public on legal issues within his area of concentration, but also to other attorneys, accountants and financial professionals in programs qualifying them for their required annual continuing education credit.

Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning and Administration; Business; Litigation; Real Estate

Industries:

Estate Planning; Probate; Fiduciary Litigation

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Named Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine in legal areas of Taxes, Estates, Trusts and Elder Law 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Awarded AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review in the legal areas of business, estate planning and estate and trust administration each year since 2010
  • Member of Board of Directors and Vice President of the Greater Prince William Community Health Center
  • Washington & Lee University Law School Law Review, Member 1986-1987
  • Virginia Tax Reporter, Member Board of Editors 1991-1995
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Treasurer 2000 -2002
  • Estate Planning Council of Prince William County, President 1993-2001
  • Old Bridge Jaycees, Treasurer, 1993-1994

Education:

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1988
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, LL.M., Tax, 1989
  • Duke University, B.A., 1985

Experience Highlights:

  • Representing hundreds of families in their proper estate planning needs, ranging from not only prominent families in the counties of Prince William, Stafford, Fauquier and Fairfax, but also families of more modest wealth and notoriety
  • Representing hundreds of blended families, non-traditional families and single individuals in their proper estate planning needs
  • Representing hundreds of fiduciaries (Executors and Trustees) in the proper administration of trusts and estates, including fiduciary representation in litigation matters
  • Consistently serving as fiduciary for estates and trusts in various levels of administration
  • Counseling individuals and entities on the proper forms of business organization and the proper maintenance of such organizations once formed
  • Representation in the sales and acquisition of businesses, from auto dealerships, restaurants, franchises to professional practices
  • Served as Seller’s counsel in some of the largest real estate sales transactions in Prince William County, including the sale of a campus of more the fifteen commercial warehouses in the eastern end of Prince William County
  • Served as Borrower’s counsel in numerous financing transactions ranging from the loans required to build IHOP restaurants, to the refinance of commercial shopping centers and office buildings
  • Served as local tax counsel to some of the largest real estate sales and refinance transaction in the eastern end of Prince William County, Virginia
Karen L. Cohen
kcohen@vfnlaw.com

Karen L. Cohen is a Shareholder with the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C (VF&N).  Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and business transactions, including real estate development, land use and zoning, commercial leasing, commercial lending, and purchase and sale contracts, as well as advising clients in negotiating a variety of business contracts such as operating agreements, supplier agreements, asset purchase and sale agreements, and shareholder agreements.  As an attorney with a prior career in architecture and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development, Karen’s legal knowledge is enhanced by her understanding of the business and financial aspects of commercial transactions.

Prior to joining VF&N, Karen was Of Counsel at The Coverage Law Firm and Counsel at Wilmer Hale.  She began her legal career as Clerk to the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Areas of Practice:

Land UseReal Estate, Business and Corporate

Experience Highlights and Representative Work:

  • On behalf of national retailer, obtained approval of Board of Supervisors of special exception amendment for site in Fairfax County
  • Representation of regional developer in joint venture transaction for future development of mixed-use project in Prince William County
  • Successful representation of Class A contractor in contested matter before Virginia Board for Contractors, avoiding threatened licensure penalties and obtaining reduced fines
  • Advise various jurisdictions regarding zoning ordinances, contracts and other municipal matters.
  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements
  • Advise clients in connection with transfers of stock or membership interests.
  • Negotiation and drafting of business contracts including teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, subcontractor agreements and supplier agreements.

Client Testimonials:

“We are grateful for Karen Cohen’s legal expertise in the commercial leasing of the Woodbridge ReStore. It was such a joy to work with her. She is smart, articulate, responsive, and her work impressed all of us. Because of her efforts, we are able to expand our services in the Prince William County community.”

Traci DeGroat – President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity Prince William County

“Karen Cohen provided spot-on advice to help my business negotiate an important contract.  She listened and made sure she understood my business so that the result was not only a well-crafted legal document, but one that reflected a unique business deal.  Due to Karen’s legal experience and her willingness to understand my business needs, I was able to avoid the cost of litigation and instead build a positive business relationship with a solid legal document as a foundation.”

Eric Winnings- Online Retailer

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Board of Governors, Real Property Section Virginia State Bar
  • Chair, Land Use & Environmental Committee, Real Property Section Virginia State Bar
  • Chair, NAIOP Government Relations Prince William Subcommittee
  • Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • George Mason University School of Business Alumni Chapter
  • George Mason University School of Business Real Estate Development Industry Group
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
  • Founder and Director, Mama2Mama,Inc. (non-profit)
  • Member, Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Featured in George Mason University Article on Real Estate
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Prince William Bar Association

Education:

  • George Mason University, MS Real Estate Developement, 2012
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1994
  • University of Virginia, BS in Architecture, 1987
Neal Knudsen
nknudsen@vfnlaw.com

Neal Knudsen is an experienced attorney at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. Over the course of many years of practicing law, Neal has exhibited a skill for working within the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Neal demonstrates a deep knowledge of the DSS system, and is able to work on sensitive child dependency cases with skill and attention to important time constraints.

Neil’s experience includes trial practice before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and Circuit Courts, as well as appellate practice before the Virginia Court of Appeals. Beginning in 2002, Mr Knudsen participated in, and presented before, statewide conferences of the Best Practice Courts of Virginia since 2002. The Best Practice Courts of Virginia was established by the Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia.

Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation; Departments of Social Services 

Industries:

Departments of Social Services; Departments of Family Services; Child Dependency Litigation

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Bar Admission in Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Warren County Foster Care Best Practices Team
  • Presented before, statewide conferences of the Best Practice Courts of Virginia since 2002.

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1988
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University B.A. 1982

Experience Highlights:

  • Trial practice before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and Circuit Courts.
Brett A. Callahan
bcallahan@vfnlaw.com

Brett Callahan is a Litigation Associate at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian.  Her focus in approaching any case is to identify and work toward the solution that is tailored to best serve her client’s needs.  That means approaching problems from different angles to come up with the most practical and cost effective way to achieve her client’s goals, either through traditional negotiations and litigation or use of alternative dispute resolution options.  Brett takes a client driven big picture approach to her representation, working with clients to not only address current concerns but identify future vulnerabilities and fix them before they become problems.  She works with clients to ensure they are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as needed.

Industries:

Finance; Business; Real Estate; Employment; Construction; Local Government; Fiduciary Matters

Professional Licenses & Awards:

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers,” Inaugural Class of 2016
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite’s Young Lawyers, 2016
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • The United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Admission
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Bar Admission
  • Certificate of Good Standing United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia Bar Admission
  • Certificate of Good Standing United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland Bar Admission
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers “Significant Service Award”, 2017

 Civic and Community Activities:

  • Virginia Women’s Attorney Association, Prince William Chapter, President 2017-2018.
  • Virginia Women’s Attorney Association, Director at Large
  • Leadership Prince William, Class of 2016
  • Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County at the Candy Factory, President-Elect
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Northern Virginia, Steering Committee
  • Manassas-Bull Run Rotary Club, Vice President 2015-2018
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 2004

Experience Highlights:

  • Successfully represented banking and developer clients opposing appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Represented clients before state and federal courts in Maryland and Virginia.
  • Represented clients in alternative dispute resolution processes in both Maryland and Virginia.
  • Prosecuted misdemeanor and traffic cases for the Towns of Haymarket and Occoquan.
  • Taught continuing legal education courses on resolving title defects to lawyers and other industry professionals.
  • Negotiated and drafted settlement agreements for clients.
Brendan Cassidy
bcassidy@vfnlaw.com

Brendan Cassidy is an associate at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., where he has several years of experience representing companies and individuals on employment and business related matters including: drafting and reviewing non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements; drafting contracts and forms; and representing companies on complex legal matters such as wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act, discrimination and retaliation issues under Title VII, and accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Brendan’s attention to detail and legal expertise allows him to excel in his practice, which includes drafting and updating employee handbooks and policy manuals, preparing management and employee training, and drafting executive, independent contractor, and severance agreements, Position Statements in response to EEOC Charges of Discrimination, conducting workplace investigations, and advising HR Professionals on employee issues ranging from discipline to termination.

Brendan personal interest include film and scriptwriting, cooking, and enjoying the occasional craft brewery.

Areas of Practice:

Employment LawCivil Litigation

Industries:

Employment; Labor Law

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Virginia State Bar, Member in Good Standing, 2013
  • National Security Law Journal, Co-Founder; Managing Editor (2012-13); Symposium Editor (2013)
  • Prince William SHRM, Inc., Director of Government Affairs

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, American University, 2006, Magna Cum Laude

Experience Highlights:

  • Advised employers on employment law matters including wage and hour issues, discrimination claims, employee discipline, accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, COBRA compliance, issues related to the Affordable Care Act, and other management side employment issues.
  • Drafted and updated employee handbooks and policy manuals for employers.
  • Drafted non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and severance agreements.
  • Conducted workplace investigations and drafted position statements in response to EEOC charges of discrimination.
Olaun A. Simmons
osimmons@vfnlaw.com

Olaun Simmons

Olaun Simmons is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, and has been practicing law for over ten years. He’s worked with numerous clients to handle a variety of legal matters in the Commonwealth. His legal experience includes Town Attorney for Dumfries and Quantico, VA, Criminal Defense, and Municipal Law. Olaun Simmons was named “Trial Attorney of the Year” by Prince William County Circuit Court, and has been honored with numerous awards, such as the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Excellence In Trial” Award.

His experience in the practice of law includes municipal law, building code enforcement, zoning code enforcement, ordinance and charter revisions, land use, civil litigation and criminal prosecutions for cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Olaun’s experience as a municipal lawyer and litigator enable him to provide excellent legal representation and advocacy for our clients.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal Law

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Community and Civic Activities:

  • Named “Trial Attorney of the Year” in Prince William County Circuit Court
  • Awarded the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Excellence in Trial Advocacy” Award
  • Named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “40 Under 40”by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Bar, Virginia State Bar
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member of the Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 40 Under 40
  • Virginia Indigent Defense Commission – Capital Trial/Co-Counsel Qualified
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award
  • Member, Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Vice Chairman, Outreach Committee, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Member, Board of Directors, Didlake, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William
  • Member, Personnel Committee and Nominating Committee, Didlake, Inc.
  • Guest Lecturer, George Mason University & Strayer University
  • Former Town Attorney, Town of Dumfries
  • Town Attorney, Town of Quantico
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Manassas
  • General Counsel for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Prince William Graduate

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University College of Law, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Morehouse College, 1996

Experience Highlights:

  • Legal counsel for cities and towns located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Building, maintenance and construction code enforcement
  • Zoning ordinance enforcement
  • Legal advisor regarding the Freedom of Information Act
  • Collections, liens and summonses for outstanding tax debts owed to localities
  • Requests for proposal and service contracts
  • Legal counsel regarding public procurement
  • Purchase, sale and development agreements
  • Deed, easements and right-of-way vacations
  • Performance bond and erosion and sediment control bond agreements
  • Ordinance revisions, charter amendments and zoning text amendments
  • Misdemeanor criminal and traffic prosecution
  • Eminent domain and condemnation proceedings

"Olaun Simmons is smart, aggressive, thoroughly prepared and simply an outstanding attorney. -Nolan Scott, Esq."

Christopher M. Collins
ccollins@vfnlaw.com

Mr. Collins focuses his IP practice in the field of information technology, however, his clients include high and low technology companies that need advice on how to develop, protect, transfer or maximize their return on intangible assets. While not a member of the patent bar, Mr. Collins has conducted trials and litigated matters in the United States federal courts concerning patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and unfair competition actions, as well as trade secret actions in the local courts.

Mr. Collins also counsels businesses in the field of government contracts. His extensive experience in federal procurement includes: review and assessment of RFP’s; contract negotiation and performance; teaming and corporate partnering agreements for prime and sub-contractors; FAR and DFARS compliance; and bid protests. The ownership of intellectual property within the context of government contract rules and regulations is a special interest to Mr. Collins.

Areas of Practice:

Representative Experience:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Claims.
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • D.C. Computer Law Forum, Member and Past President
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • “Legal Elite” Designation from Virginia Business Magazine

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, National Law Center at George Washington University
  • University of Virginia
Robert F. Beard
rbeard@vfnlaw.com

Bob Beard is one of the most experienced municipal law and Social Services attorneys in Virginia. Starting with a varied base of experience representing several municipalities, his practice has expanded to include representation of the Departments of Social Services in several jurisdictions. He is experienced in all facets of municipal trial work, including appellate practice.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys acting in Community Theater productions. “Refocusing on something creative gives me energy.  … and in theater concentration is key; you must be intensely focused on what you’re doing on stage, and for me, that translates back to the courtroom.”

Areas of Practice:

Industries:

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic  and Community Activities:

  • Research Editor, North Carolina Law Review
  • U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 1975-1979
  • Former Member, Virginia State Bar Advisory Committee on Guardians ad Litem
  • Culpeper Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Improvement Committee
  • Elected Member of Culpeper County School Board 2004-2015.

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, With Honors
    • Order of Coif for high attainment in the study of law
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and Speech, East Carolina University
    • Pi Kappa Lambda, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Certificate in Mandarin Chinese, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA
    • Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Academic Performance

Experience Highlights:

  • Wise County, County Attorney, 1986-1988
  • City of Danville, Assistant City Attorney, 1988-1992
  • City of Suffolk, City Attorney, 1992-1993
  • Culpeper County, Assistant County Attorney, 1998-1999
Cynthia C. Edwards
cedwards@vfnlaw.com

Cynthia Edwards serves as an of counsel attorney to Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian.  She brings with her a wide variety of litigation experience.

After clerking for the West Virginia Supreme Court, Ms. Edwards returned to her hometown of Culpeper, Virginia where she built a successful Domestic Relations and Family law practice in all area courts.  After a break to focus on her family, she returned the legal profession, serving as  guardian ad litem for both children and adults in juvenile and circuit court matters.   She also served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Culpeper.  Ms. Edwards now  focuses  her practice on the representation of the children brought into the care of the Department of Social Services.   Her experience in all aspects of the legal system, both criminal and civil, makes her especially suited to handle the sensitive and complex matters of DSS litigation.

Areas of Practice:


Social Services

Industries:

Department of Social Services

Professional Licenses, Awards and Civic Activities:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member Culpeper Bar Association
  • Free Lance Star Tennis Coach of the Year, 2011, 2012
  • Admitted to practice – United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, West Virginia University College of Law, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications/Marketing, Virginia Tech, 1985
Guy Jeffress
gjeffress@vfnlaw.com

Guy Jeffress

Guy Jeffress is a D.C., metro area native who possesses substantial experience handling and structuring deals for real estate developers, investors, lenders, and asset managers. His practice includes representing regional and local developers and investors with their mixed-use, residential, office, and retail projects. Additionally, he has significant experience in handling and mitigating the legal risks involved with the ownership and operation of resort, hotel, restaurant and nightclub properties.

Guy began his real estate career as part of an in-house team that was charged with managing the U.S. portfolio of a UK based investment group. Prior to joining Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., he worked as an attorney with various firms and served as in-house counsel to both private and publicly traded companies. Collectively, he has more than 17 years’ experience in the real estate development industry. In providing clients with advice Guy not only considers the applicable law in each situation but also takes into account the practical business and operational objectives of his clients.

Areas of Practice:

Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Corporate and Business Law

Industries:

Real Estate, Construction

Professional Licenses, Awards, and Civic and Community Activities:

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, D.C. Bar Association Real Estate, Housing, & Land Use Sections
  • Vice Chair, D.C. Bar Association Real Property Transactions Committee, 2001-2002
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1992

Experience Highlights:

  • Spearheaded $10M acquisition and renovation of historic property located in the central business district of Washington, D.C.
  • Drafted an agreement of sale for a $47M multi-family residential property in Leesburg, VA
  • Prepared condominium documents and sales agreements as part of the approval process for The Artisan Condominium mixed use development. The Washington Business Journal ranked the Artisan as one of the best real estate deals for 2006.
  • Member of the committee that drafted and proposed D.C.’s first ‘green building’ legislation
  • Provided day to day legal and operational advice for large hotel resort and conference center
Kara Larson
klarson@vfnlaw.com

Kara Larson is an associate at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. Her area of practice is primarily focused on representing various Departments of Social Services with a unique background in domestic law, landlord/tenant actions, estate administration, and bankruptcy. She has appeared in Virginia juvenile and domestic relations district courts, general district courts, circuit courts, the Virginia Supreme Court, and U.S. district court and bankruptcy courts in Virginia.

She is a qualified guardian ad litem for children and is also a member of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, the Bankruptcy Law Section, and the Culpeper County Bar Association. She is active in local Best Practices and is very passionate about finding ways local community can support our families and children.

When not in the courtroom, Kara enjoys being adventurous. She escapes back to her rural mountain roots by horseback riding, tending to her chickens, and canoeing.

Areas of Practice:

Departments of Social Services; Departments of Family Services; Child Dependency Litigation

Community and Civic Activities:

  • Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, The Laurel Center in Winchester

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Vermont Law School
  •  B.A., Saint Vincent College

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Christopher G. Schlechte
CSchlechte@vfnlaw.com

Christopher G. Schlechte is an associate with the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.  His primary area of practice is Business Law with a focus on corporate formation and commercial real estate transactions. Chris began his legal career as a Clerk to the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr in the Virginia Court of Appeals. His prior experience also includes finance and IRS negotiations.

Chris is a Manassas native and serves his community as a volunteer track coach at Parkside Middle and is a 2018 recipient of the Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Local Hero Award.

Education & Professional Licenses:

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Virginia Tech, BA Economics

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