Adam S. Rafal

Adam S. Rafal: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP

Biography

Adam is a partner with Vandeventer Black in the firm’s Norfolk office and concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense and Labor & Employment Law. He primarily works with insurance carriers and self-insured employers defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

He has litigated multiple claims before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, Court of Appeals, Department of Labor and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Adam also works with risk managers, human resource professionals and executives on preventive strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on Workers’ Compensation issues. Some of Adam’s notable engagements include representing some of the region’s largest insurance carriers, mutual associations and third party administrators.

Adam is admitted to practice in Virginia, the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Virginia and American Bar Associations (Labor & Employment and Workers’ Compensation Sections), as well as the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He is past Chair of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Section and served a three year term on the organization’s Board of Directors as the Tidewater Regional Director. Adam is actively involved in firm management.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Listed in Best Lawyers in America : Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers (2015-18)

Virginia Business “Legal Elite”: Labor & Employment Law (2013)

Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers ” - Workers’ Compensation (2016-18)

Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2008-09)

News

•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
•20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•Vandeventer Black Attorney Receives Prestigious Peer Rating
•Vandeventer Black LLP Announces Election of 2016-2017 Executive Board
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8600  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
www.vanblk.com
University Attended:
Vanderbilt University, B.S.
Law School Attended:
College of William & Mary, J.D.
Year of First admission:
1995
Admission:
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 1995, Virginia
Memberships:

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Virginia Bar Association - Section on Workers' Compensation

American Bar Association - Section on Workers' Compensation

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association - Section on Workers' Compensation

Virginia State Bar Association - Section on Workers' Compensation

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys - Section on Workers' Compensation

Birth Information:
Norfolk, Virginia, November 3, 1969
ISLN:
911259948
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Peer Reviews

    • 4.9/5.0 (28 reviews)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    • Analytical Capability

      4.9/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.9/5.0
    • Communication

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    • Legal Experience

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 05/20/16 in Labor and Employment

      Mr. Rafal has always been very knowledgeable in all of the cases in which we have litigated together. He is a zealous advocate for his client, but always remains professional.

      Mr. Rafal has always been very knowledgeable in all of the cases in which we have litigated together. He is a zealous advocate for his client, but always remains professional. Read less

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 05/18/16 in Labor and Employment

      Adam is an excellent lawyer. He serves his clients with the highest degree of professionalism.

      Adam is an excellent lawyer. He serves his clients with the highest degree of professionalism. Read less

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