Brian L. Sykes

Brian L. Sykes: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Brian is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense. He works with insurance carriers and self-insured businesses defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Brian also works with risk managers, human resource professionals and executives on preventative strategies.

Brian received his B.A. from The College of William & Mary, his M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law. Before attending law school, Brian was a School Counselor at Charlottesville High School.

He is a member of the American, Virginia and Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Associations (Workers’ Compensation and Labor & Employment Law Sections) and the Virginia State Bar. Brian is an At-Large Member of the Board of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorney’s (VADA). He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Ronald McDonald House and on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). In addition, he served as a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Lifestyle Balance Committee, as the Co-Chair of the Eastern Virginia Pro Bono Legal Aid Hotline for the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Virginia Bar Association, and on the Board of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association.


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Coastal Virginia Magazine - Top Lawyers (2016-18)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers (2018)


•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


•The Application of the Amorphous “Death Presumption” in Virginia Workers’ Compensation

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Workers' Compensation Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8678  Phone
7574468600  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
The College of William and Mary, B.A., Psychology; Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Ed., School Counseling
Law School Attended:
Washington and Lee University, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1998, Virginia


American Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys - Worker's Compensation Division, At-Large Member

Birth Information:
Corpus Christi, Texas, June 28, 1967
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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Norfolk, Virginia

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