Edward E. (Ned) Nicholas, III

Edward E. (Ned) Nicholas, III: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP


Ned has focused on commercial litigation throughout his career. Since 1984 he has concentrated on construction litigation, the defense of professionals, and the defense of directors and officers. Much of his construction work has been for architects and engineers and has included defending against personal injury, delay and other claims. Ned has also defended accountants and real estate professional against malpractice claims.

Ned has successfully handled appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Ned has lectured on a variety of topics including Virginia’s economic loss and source of duty rules, defending against construction delay claims, commercial damages, and appellate advocacy.

Ned has authored several published articles, including The Economic-Loss and Source-of-Duty Rules and the Wall between Tort and Contract in Virginia, Virginia Lawyer (October 2010) (with Sean M. Golden), The Economic Loss Rule in Virginia, 12 (Va. Ass’n Def. Attorneys) J. of Civil Litigation 391 (2000), and Professional Negligence Claims and Constructive Fraud Principles Do Not Mix, 10 (Va. Ass’n Def. Attorneys) J. Civil Litigation 3 (1998) (with David E. Boelzner), and The Collision of Tort and Contract in the Construction Industry, 21 U. of Richmond L. Rev. 457 (1987) (with Murray H. Wright) (republished in Lloyd’s International Construction L. Rev. 5 (1988)).

For six years at Virginia Commonwealth University, and for one year at the T. C. Williams School of Law, Ned served as an adjunct instructor.


•Can’t You Get Rid of that Lawsuit? It’s Just Sitting There.
•It Pays to Notice
•Key Questions About Virginia’s Statute of Repose
•Property Owners Duty of ____?
•Are All Damages Equal?
•What Makes an Expert Witness an Expert? Who Makes a Good Expert Witness?
•Keeping Third Parties At Arm’s Length

(Resident, Richmond Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • General Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
804.237.8819  Phone
804.237.8801  Fax
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Court of Appeals of Virginia; Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Supreme Court of Virginia; 1981, Virginia


•Virginia State Bar - Section on Construction & Public Contracts
•American Bar Association - Section on Litigation

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., 1955
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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