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CWM has been a leading maritime and admiralty law firm since its establishment in 1923. Our maritime group is available 24/7 to help clients deal with crisis situations and to provide guidance when an emergency response is required. The firm represents clients in matters involving vessel accidents, cargo damage, vessel and marina fires, personal injury and death, limitation of liability, marine salvage and pollution. Maritime clients are assisted in commercial matters such as vessel financing, and vessel and facility pollution response plans. With respect to U.S. marine casualties, the firm also represents clients in U.S. Coast Guard and OSHA investigations, businesses in civil penalty proceedings with the Coast Guard and merchant seamen in license suspension and revocation proceedings before Coast Guard hearing officers and administrative law judges.
CWM has the experience to deal effectively with the risks and challenges of today’s marketplace, particularly when stakes are high. Our attorneys are adept at understanding critical business issues. We recognize that business disputes can jeopardize a client’s profitability and reputation, so we work quickly with our clients to achieve successful outcomes, whether through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, mediation or other means.
The Business Law Group of CWM offers a full range of legal services for corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, other business, commercial and banking entities and their owners. Our services include entity selection and formation; mergers and acquisitions; preparation of partnership agreements and operating agreements; business and tax planning; debt and equity financing; asset sales; commercial and secured transactions; joint ventures; labor and management relations; and business reorganizations. We prepare and review key business contracts with customers, vendors, employees and distributors, including franchise agreements, leasing agreements, license agreements and employment agreements.
The attorneys in the Creditors' Rights Practice Group have a wealth of experience representing creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy situations. We have successfully handled multimillion dollar loan defaults, asset seizures and injunctions in state and federal courts. Our clients include national and local banks, financial institutions, lending institutions and businesses.
In real estate matters, CWM is acknowledged, both within and outside the legal profession, to be one of the leading providers of legal services in Hampton Roads. This work includes negotiated acquisition and disposition real estate services for political subdivisions; real estate transactions for corporate, bank and individual clients; serving as bank review counsel for large commercial loan transactions; handling Small Business Administration loan closings; and undertaking title examinations and certifications. The Commercial Real Estate Law Group prepares and reviews real estate sales contracts and long-term commercial leases and is experienced in bond financing as it relates to commercial transactions. In addition, lawyers concentrate their practice in real estate eminent domain trial work, real estate contract litigation and the administration of condominium, cooperative apartment and community associations.
CWM represents owners, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors and sureties in all aspects of construction contracting and dispute resolution, including trials. We have successfully handled cases ranging from design defect claims in fire suppression sprinkler systems to IDIQ contracts involving over $300 million in federal projects.
The relationship between you and your employees is heavily regulated, both at the state and federal level, based on complex laws and significant judicial decisions. This is an ever-evolving field and we can assist you with the creation and implementation of policies and practices in keeping with the relevant laws and regulations and with drafting agreements that are both lawful and advantageous to your business.
CWM is a proven partner for high stakes patent and other intellectual property litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia, particularly the Norfolk Division. Our reputation as effective co-counsel and local counsel is exemplified by our involvement in some of the most notable cases in recent years. We team with firms from across the country, including California, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
The Litigation Group of CWM has an uncompromising strategy: we strive for the earliest, most favorable and cost-effective outcome possible for our clients. In about 90% of cases, the firm achieves early resolution of claims, either through summary judgment, mediation or settlement, thus avoiding the attendant high costs of trial and trial preparation.
CWM serves as Virginia local counsel and co-counsel in all manner of complex cases, including patent, trademark and other intellectual property cases. We team with firms from across the country on some of the highest stakes cases in the state.
CWM's Project Finance Practice Group offers a full range of services to coordinate, structure and close transactions in a variety of industries. We have significant expertise in the development, financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing of various types of facilities.
CWM has a long tradition of offering legal services to political subdivisions and other governmental entities of the Commonwealth of Virginia. For over sixty years, the firm has been general counsel to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, one of the leading redevelopment and housing authorities in the nation. The firm also represents numerous other housing and special purpose authorities, including Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority and Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as well as cities, towns and counties throughout the Commonwealth.
CWM's attorneys have a long history of successfully representing clients across a broad spectrum of railroad, trucking and other transportation matters. Our clients include railroads, trucking companies, cargo owners and other transportation interests and their insurers. We handle disputed matters in state and federal courts, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and before the Surface Transportation Board. Our attorneys have won directed verdicts in multi-million dollar FELA cases, full recoveries in cargo claims, and declaratory relief in coverage cases.
CWM'S subrogation department handles a broad range of property damage claims and losses, for the insurance industry as well as self-insured businesses, municipalities and individuals. These claims can arise from casualties such as fires, leaks, machinery failures, explosions, corrosion, and structural collapses, as well as natural disasters including floods, windstorms and hurricanes. Our attorneys work aggressively to maximize recoveries for our clients.