Edward J. Powers

Edward J. Powers: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP (53 Attorneys)
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Ed is a partner with Vandeventer Black and member of the Firm’s Executive Board. He concentrates his practice in transportation law and general litigation matters, with a focus on the representation of ship owners, charterers, and their underwriters, including both domestic and international insurance companies and P&I clubs. Ed also represents one of the largest Class I railroads in North America.

Ed is a seasoned litigator and has tried a broad spectrum of cases ranging from the defense of personal injury claims to recovery of collision damages. He has represented clients in courts throughout the eastern United States and Gulf Coast, including Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

Ed received two B.A. degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was Associate Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review. Ed was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard B. Kellam, United States District Court Judge, Norfolk Division, from 1990-1991.

He is a member of the bars of New York, North Carolina and Virginia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Middle District of North Carolina.


International Who’s Who of Maritime Lawyers

Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Admiralty and Maritime Law (2008-present)

Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” for Admiralty and Maritime Law (2014, 2018, 2019)

Virginia Business, “Legal Elite”

Thompson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2010-present)

Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Aviation, Maritime and Transportation Law (2016-present)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • General Litigation
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Sports Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8680  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, B.A., History; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, B.A., Political Science/International Studies
Law School Attended:
University of Richmond, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Middle District of North Carolina; 1990, Virginia; 1998, North Carolina; New York; U.S. Supreme Court


Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board of Directors (2011-14); Committee on Practice & Procedure, Chair (2011-15); Subcommittee On Maritime Liens & Mortgages, Chair (2001-11); Nominating Committee (2015-18)

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Virginia Maritime Association

Virginia Railroad Association

American Maritime Cases, Associate Editor

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  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • 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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Norfolk, Virginia

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