Dustin M. Paul

Dustin M. Paul: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
    View Dustin M. Paul's office location
  • Peer Reviews
    No Reviews
  • Profile Visibility [ i ]


Dustin has extensive experience in both Virginia state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Dustin’s experience is diverse, having litigated a wide variety of issues. But much of his practice focuses on transportation-related litigation.

Dustin has litigated complex commercial disputes involving the sale of business assets, the dissolution of small businesses, and the breach of long-term contracts. He has defended small businesses against copyright and trademark infringement claims, and has significant experience serving as local counsel in patent disputes.

His transportation experience includes maritime, railroad, automobile, and trucking cases, including cases involving trucking collisions, ship allisions, cargo damage, crane failures, and other industrial and transportation accidents resulting in property damage, personal injury, and loss of life.

Dustin’s representative experience includes representing a Class I railroad in a wrongful death suit involving a collision between a truck and a train. He has also defended the railroad against personal injury claims by a motorcyclist that the railroad’s crossing caused the cyclist to lose control of his vehicle. Mr. Paul has also counseled one of the nation’s largest company’s on automobile accident issues, including the post-accident handling of a collision that caused a pedestrian’s death.

Dustin’s practice has given him a unique perspective on e-discovery issues and afforded him the opportunity to advise two of the nation’s largest companies on e-discovery issues. And in one particularly contentious case, he has overseen the review and production of approximately 10 million pages and an additional 1.1 TB of technical data from a variety of active and legacy sources.


Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” Young Lawyer (under 40) (2014)

Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Appellate Law (2016-18)

Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2013-18)


•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•Vandeventer Black Recognized as a Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
•Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars
•Vandeventer Black Names New Partners
•Vandeventer Black Litigators Win Dismissal of Fraud Claim Levied Against Insurer
•17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite
•EDVA Win for Two Vandeventer Black Litigators
•Vandeventer Black LLP Achieves Victory for Client at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
•Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars


•Federal rulemakers consider a rulemaking petition on demurrage and detention charges
•Don’t Let Your Intern Become a Nightmare
•Law Tips: Incorporation by Reference

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy & Collections
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • General Litigation
  • Intellectual Property - Copyright & Trademark
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8665  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Duke University, B.A., Political Science
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
Admitted to 4th Circuit, and U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of VA; Virginia


Southeast Admiralty Law Association

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Virginia Railroad Association

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Downtown Norfolk Council - Downtown 100

Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council, Board Member (2016-17)

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

American Bar Association

Birth Information:
Springfield, Missouri, 1981
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Represented tug company in alleged allision by tug and barge with government-owned pier; Represented small businessman in suit alleging embezzlement and theft by company employees; Represented marketing company in suit alleging copyright and trademark infringement by competitor; Represented manufacturer in multimillion dollar wrongful death suit alleging product design defects.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Peer Reviews

This lawyer does not have peer reviews.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Documents (3)

Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com

Norfolk, Virginia

Contact Dustin M. Paul

Required Fields

Required Fields

By clicking on the "Submit" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms and Privacy Policy. You also consent to be contacted at the phone number you provided, including by autodials, text messages and/or pre-recorded calls, from Martindale and its affiliates and from or on behalf of attorneys you request or contact through this site. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

You should not send any sensitive or confidential information through this site. Emails sent through this site do not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be treated as privileged or confidential. The lawyer or law firm you are contacting is not required to, and may choose not to, accept you as a client. The Internet is not necessarily secure and emails sent though this site could be intercepted or read by third parties.