VMA2020 | Celebrating 100 Years of Maritime Growth



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“There are banks, there are law firms, there are insurance companies…repair organizations who benefit from, and who have customers in the maritime industries," explains Mark Coberly, Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP.

"The fact that [VMA2020] goes on for 2 years means that throughout the 2 years your name will be associated with the VMA, and it’s nothing but a win-win situation. From our viewpoint, most businesses who are members of VMA would benefit if they look at this the way we do.”

Vandeventer Black LLP Has Long History, Many Years of Success at Port of Virginia

Vandeventer Black LLP, which celebrates its 135th anniversary in 2018, has played an integral role at the Port of Virginia and within the maritime community for much of its history. Its attorneys have represented maritime businesses in this community since the 1880s, and have played significant roles in each stage of port development.

They were significantly involved in the establishment of the first Virginia container terminals, representing Marine Terminals Inc, the predecessor to Virginia International Terminals, from its inception in the 1960s, and were heavily engaged in both the unification of the port in the 1970s and the efforts to prevent privatization in recent years.

Vandeventer Black’s existence and growth, however, have been broadly intertwined with all of the port community’s businesses. Its attorneys have provided advice and represented businesses in every area of the maritime business: freight forwarders, ship agents, terminals, pilots, tugboat companies, shippers, consignees, cargo, importers, exporters, dredging companies, marine construction companies, shipyards, maritime industry associations, ship repair companies; container leasing companies, ship owners, ship purchasers, ship charterers, mariners, and industry groups such as Hampton Roads Shipping Association and Virginia Maritime Association.

Vandeventer Black LLP recognizes the value of the Port to our community and, at the same time, the importance of the Virginia Maritime Association as the organization that connects all Port-related businesses.

That’s why it is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 celebration, making a generous $25,000 commitment to the centennial celebration that culminates in May 2020.

“The VMA is the glue that brings everyone together,” says Mike Sterling, managing partner at Vandeventer Black LLP. “Our port is a tremendous resource and all businesses connected to the maritime industry must support it.”

Mark Coberly, a partner at the firm, agrees: “The VMA is the primary advocate for the public on all issues related to the port. And we recognize the VMA also fights for companies far beyond cargo and ship repair including law firms and banks.”

As well, Coberly understands the 2020 sponsorship gives Vandeventer Black nearly two years of additional marketing exposure. The VMA will promote 2020 sponsors on social media and other marketing channels and target the message at port-related businesses in Hampton Roads and along the East Coast.

“We see the 2020 campaign as a chance to grow our brand as a premier maritime law firm,” says Coberly. “And we’re proud to help the VMA kick off the next 100 years of serving Virginians connected to the port industry.”

“We see the 2020 campaign as a chance to grow our brand as a premier maritime law firm."
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Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
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