Firm News and Announcements

New Markets Tax Credits

October 2014 - Virginia Economic Developers Association presented the 2014 VEDA Fall Conference, "The Governor's Conference on Economic Development - Increasing the Odds:  Deal-Making in the New Economy." Delphine Carnes was a member of the panel of speakers for the conference and presented the topic on New Markets Tax Credits.

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Shipping & Maritime Law 2014

October 2014 - James Chapman was a member of the panel of experts from around the world in this roundtable presented by Corporate Live Wire.  The panel discussed the latest changes and developments in Shipping & Maritime Law. Among the highlighted topics, the experts discussed the contentious issue of a captain's abandonment of the vessel and outline the latest environmental and sustainability concerns.


“Bringing Monroe Building Back to Life”,  Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds, Annual Report, Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority (January 2013 – June 2014)

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Elaine Inman Hogan Graduates from 2014 Class of LEAD Hampton Roads

July 2014 – Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., is pleased to congratulate Elaine Inman Hogan, a partner with the firm, on her graduation from LEAD Hampton Roads as a member of the Class of 2014.

LEAD Hampton Roads is a leadership program established 26 years ago to connect established and emerging leaders in the region.  Over the course of nine-months, class members study key issues impacting Hampton Roads on a local, statewide, national and global level.  The program helps to strengthen regional leadership and improve the quality of life in Hampton Roads through education, partnerships and networking.

James Chapman chosen to serve as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

June 30, 2014 - James Chapman was chosen to serve as vice rector of the Tech board for the coming year. He is a 1979 Tech grad with a law degree from Washington and Lee University. Mr. Chapman will also serve as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

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Virginia Employer Law Blog

Observations on Employment Law for Businesses in Virginia and Beyond

Posted on 10/17/2014 by Elaine Hogan

"Even Extremely Flexible Schedule Accommodation Request Not Unreasonable as a Matter of Law"

Posted on 10/10/2014 by Elaine Hogan

"No FMLA Retaliation Where Employer Can Show Employee Terminated for Improperly Accessing Supervisor's Email"

CWM attorneys Jim Chapman and Steve Stancliff represent Ohio partnership in win for rights to salvage gold treasure from shipwreck

CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years. (

Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | Amanda Lee Myers for The Associated Press


Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. (

Sunday Sep 14, 2014 | Amanda Lee Myers for The Associated Press