Patrick A. Genzler

Patrick A. Genzler: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
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  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Patrick Genzler concentrates his practice in environmental, construction, and government contracts law.

Patrick’s environmental practice involves representation of business and industrial clients in a wide range of regulatory compliance, permitting, enforcement and litigation matters, covering many environmental regulatory programs and federal and state environmental laws. This has included:

•Representation of clients in administrative enforcement and penalty assessment actions initiated by US EPA, Corps of Engineers, and state environmental agencies in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and California.
•Representation of clients in CERCLA (“Superfund”) cost recovery suits initiated by US EPA, state environmental agencies, and private plaintiffs.
•Representation of clients in litigation involving contaminated real estate.
•Negotiation of environmental agreements incident to real estate transactions for commercial and industrial properties.
•Negotiation of “Voluntary Remediation Program” agreements with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, for remediation and reuse of contaminated industrial and commercial properties (“Brownfields”).
•Representation of responsible parties under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, Oil Pollution Act, and Virginia Water Control Law for oil and hazardous substance spills and releases.
•Representation of clients in criminal investigations conducted by US EPA, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI, and state agencies.
•Assisted clients in application for and obtaining permits and contesting proposed permit conditions.

Patrick’s representation of construction and government contractor clients includes formation and registration of business entities including small and disadvantaged businesses; contract review, drafting and negotiation; preparation and presentation of claims; and representing clients in dispute resolution through administrative hearings, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. He has assisted construction industry contractors and engineers with formation of teaming arrangements and joint ventures for design-build and public-private ventures.

Patrick is a member of the Virginia and North Carolina bars and has represented clients across the country and throughout the southeastern U.S. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in Virginia and North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Patrick was formerly a naval officer, serving as both a surface line officer and a Navy JAG. His Navy assignments were varied and included assignments as the Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence for Legal Affairs, and as the Regional Environmental Counsel for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He has held Top Secret and special access security clearances.


Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2000, 01, 03, 04, 15-17)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law (2011-18); Environmental Law (2007-18); Litigation-Construction (2011-18); Litigation-Environmental (2011-18)

Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year”, Litigation-Construction (2014)

Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2006-18)


•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
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
•20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•Vandeventer Black Secures Another Success
•12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers


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Areas of Practice (10)

  • Compliance For Government Contractors
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations & Enforcement
  • International Business
  • Surety & Fidelity Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8631  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Virginia Tech, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Law School Attended:
College of William and Mary, J.D., Managing Editor, Law Review; Honor Court Justice; The George Washington University, LL.M., Environmental Law
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in Virginia and North Carolina; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1997, North Carolina; 1978, Virginia


•American Bar Association - Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 13 Government Construction Contracting; Section on Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment
•Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance - General Counsel; Board of Directors (2010-12)

Birth Information:
Chicago Heights, Illinois, October 31, 1949
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