W. Thomas Chappell

W. Thomas Chappell: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Associate at Vandeventer Black LLP (53 Attorneys)
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Thomas Chappell’s practice focuses on general civil litigation in both state and federal courts. His experience includes representing clients in cases involving trusts and estates, maritime issues, collections and real estate. Further, Thomas has a strong background in appellate litigation at both the state and federal level through his experience as a practicing attorney, as a judicial law clerk for Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia and as an extern for Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In addition to his litigation work, Thomas also assists clients with estate planning needs.

Thomas was an accomplished student at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was a John Marshall Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif, the McNeill Law Society and the University of Richmond Law Review. He was also an executive board member of the law school’s Christian Law Fellowship.

Judicial Clerkship

Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2014-16


•Vandeventer Black Wins Large Firm (Per Capita) Category in 2018 Virginia Legal Food Frenzy
•Vandeventer Black Recognized as a Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
•Thomas Chappell Joins Vandeventer Black’s Maritime Law Department


•Supreme Court Of Virginia Now Requires Votes Of Two Writ Panel Members To Grant An Appeal
•Virginia Law Provides Avenue To Save Imperfectly-Executed Wills
•An Overview of Virginia Law on Electronic Signatures

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Community Associations
  • General Litigation
  • Trust & Estate
  • Estate Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
College of William & Mary, B.A., magna cum laude, Government
Law School Attended:
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2014
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Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association

Chesapeake Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Legal Food Frenzy

William & Mary Alumni Association, South Hampton Roads Chapter

St. Mary's Home, Advisory Board

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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