G. William Birkhead

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  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP (53 Attorneys)
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Bill is a partner with Vandeventer Black and traditionally concentrates his law practice in commercial transactions and maritime matters.

Bill’s commercial transaction practice focuses on corporate finance, transactions and vessel sales and financing.

In the maritime industry, Bill has vast experience, including shipbuilding and ship repair, fisheries regulation and finance and vessel finance. After active duty with the United States Coast Guard, he joined the firm in 1970 and remained in the Reserves until 1975. He served as managing partner of the firm from 1998 to 2000.

Bill received a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia.

Bill is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth and Virginia Bar Associations, as well as the Virginia State Bar. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Propeller Club, the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Director 1994-97; Chair, Fisheries Committee 1997-2001), Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and Hampton Roads Maritime Association.


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Areas of Practice (2)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8602  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, B.S. in Naval Architecture; Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, LL.B.
Year of First Admission:
1994, North Carolina; 1966, Virginia


Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

American Bar Association

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Maritime Law Association of the United States - Director (1994-97); Fisheries Committee, Chair (1997-2001)

Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

Hampton Roads Maritime Association

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