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Best Lawyers Releases 2020 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Rankings

Posted on November 4, 2019

Best Lawyers® has released the 2020 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking in Admiralty & Maritime Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.  The firm also received a Tier 2 Ranking in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law.  Rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, as well as peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.  Receiving the tier designations reflects a high level of respect the firm has earned within specific practice areas.…


Steve Stancliff Concludes Tenure as President of TAO

Posted on August 7, 2019

Steve Stancliff, the firm’s admiralty and maritime practice team leader, concluded his three-year tenure as president of the board of directors for Tidewater Arts Outreach (“TAO”) on July 1, 2019, and has been invited to continue his service as member of the board, ex officio. TAO’s mission “is to bring joy to older adults and enhance their well-being through creative engagement with the arts.” He would say its centerpiece is the participative and interactive engagement that uses the arts – whether through music, poetry, movement, or other creative processes. Different from other arts programs, TAO does not focus on performance by others. Rather, its programs aim to foster the joy and healing power that comes from participating in the creative process itself. Steve led the board and organization through one of the most challenging processes in a non-profit organization’s development. He and others successfully transitioned TAO from its founding executive director to its first successor, Ms. Reese Beeler, an up-and-coming influencer in our non-profit community. Steve and his wife, Christie, plan to continue their annual fundraiser, “Rock the River!” which has raised more than $40,000 over the past 4 years promoting local artists and original music in our community.…


Ryan Snow Elected to Serve as President of I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court

Posted on August 7, 2019

Ryan Snow, Managing Partner of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., has been elected President of the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court for 2019-2020. The I’Anson-Hoffman Inn is one of the leading chapters of the American Inns of Court. There are 350 chapters across the United States. The American Inns of Court were created as the product of a nationwide movement to emulate the historic British Inns of Court, with the purpose of promoting excellence, civility, and professionalism in the legal profession. They were prompted by United States Chief Justice Warren Burger. The I'Anson-Hoffman Inn was established in 1987 in Norfolk, Virginia. It is named for former Virginia Chief Justice Lawrence I’Anson and former U.S. District Judge Walter Hoffman, both leading jurists in their day. There are approximately 100 members of the Inn, consisting of Judges, Masters, Barristers, Associates, and Students. The Judges and Masters elect the leaders. Ryan’s presidency continues a leadership tradition at CWM, as two other Presidents have come from the firm: Guil Ware (1999-2000) and Jim Chapman (2010-2011).…


Darius Davenport becomes Partner at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin

Posted on January 28, 2019

The law firm of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that Darius Davenport has become a partner in the firm. Mr. Davenport joined the firm in 2012 and leads its Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group. He also handles complex litigation with an emphasis on Public Sector Law and Insurance Defense. He is admitted in to practice in Virginia and Wisconsin. Before joining Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., Mr. Davenport taught at Regent University School of Law and served as an Attorney for the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.S. from Norfolk State University. Mr. Davenport serves on the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice. He also serves as Vice Chairman for the Suffolk Wetlands Board and as a board member and Advocacy Committee Chairman for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.…


Ganley Joins Crenshaw, Ware & Martin

Posted on July 10, 2018

The law firm of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Christine Ganley has joined the firm as an associate attorney practicing with the firm’s litigation team.  She will focus on Admiralty and Maritime Law and Business Disputes.  Christine received her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.  Following law school she clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. Shannon of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, and practiced as a civil litigation attorney in Fairfax, Virginia before relocating to Norfolk in 2018.…


Davenport Scheduled to Speak at 2018 VTLA Annual Convention

Posted on February 6, 2018

VIRGINIA TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION - 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION Darius Davenport is one of the scheduled speakers at this year's Annual Convention which is being held in Williamsburg, Virginia from March 22 - 25th. >  2018 Convention Brochure…


Schultz Inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation

Posted on February 5, 2018

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that Donald C. Schultz has been inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Virginia bar. Each year the Foundation selects a group of top lawyers and retired judges for their integrity, character, and legal excellence. With his induction in 2018, Don joins six other present and former CWM attorneys, Frank Crenshaw, Guilford Ware, Howard Martin, Tim Coyle, Ann Sullivan, and Jim Chapman, and continues a path for CWM that started more than 30 years ago. Don is the Practice Group Chair for the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group.…


Howard Martin Honored for 50 Years of Service

Posted on December 14, 2017

At the 79th annual meeting of the Virginia State Bar, Howard Martin was recognized for fifty years of service to the Bar. His service included nine years on the Bar Council (2000 – 2009) and six years on the Executive Committee, including President from 2007 to 2008. Howard's dedication to the legal profession has included serving on the Executive Committees for the Virginia Bar Association and the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, where he served as president from 1997-1998. He also served on the Board of the Virginia Law Foundation, including as President from 1995-1996.…


Steve Stancliff Elected as Officer of SEALI

Posted on December 7, 2017

Steve Stancliff, chair of the firm’s Admiralty & Maritime practice group, has been elected to serve as an officer of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI). He most recently served as Editor-in-Chief of the organization's Editorial Committee and previously chaired its Long Range Planning Committee. Steve is also active in the Maritime Law Association of the United States, serving as Secretary for the Committee on Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation.…

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