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Virginia Business 2015 Legal Elite

Posted on December 1, 2015

The following attorneys have been named “Legal Elite” for 2015 by Virginia Business magazine. C. Wiley Grandy, Young Lawyer Under 40 Elaine Inman Hogan, Labor/Employment Amy Taipalus McClure, Construction W. Ryan Snow, Construction Donald C. Schultz, Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights

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Tidewater Arts Outreach Adds New Board Member

Posted on December 1, 2015
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CWM attorney Steven M. Stancliff has been elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for Tidewater Arts Outreach. Steve chairs CWM’s Admiralty & Maritime Law practice group. He is an avid supporter of the arts community.

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CWM Welcomes Steven L. Brinker

Posted on December 1, 2015

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Steven L. Brinker has joined the firm as chair of its Business Law Group. Steve focuses on formation, financing and development of business entities, including complex mergers and acquisitions.  He also advises clients on the tax consequences of business transactions and strategies to address or […]

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Attorneys and staff raise 12,404 pounds of food

Posted on September 28, 2015
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The firm is proud to have been recognized at the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s luncheon last week for our participation in the 2015 Legal Food Frenzy. Wiley Grandy was presented with a plaque on behalf of the firm for having placed third in the mid-size firm category. The attorneys and staff raised a total […]

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CWM is pleased to announce seven lawyers named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Posted on September 1, 2015

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes – Project Finance Law;Public Finance Law James L. Chapman, IV -Admiralty and Maritime Law;Commercial Litigation Timothy A. Coyle – Municipal Law Howard W. Martin, Jr. – Real […]

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WATCH OUT – Virginia tightens policy on contractor licenses as of July 1, 2015

Posted on July 1, 2015
Posted in Updates

Be careful of your contractor licenses and worker classifications in Virginia. Under a new policy effective July 1, 2015, where VOSH has reasonable cause to believe workers are being misclassified on a Virginia construction project (usually as independent contractors), VOSH may require each contractor to provide proof of its own DPOR license and the DPOR […]

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New statute has power to nullify lien waivers in Virginia

Posted on July 1, 2015
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Effective July 1, 2015, any provision of a construction contract or lien waiver that “waives or diminishes” the payment bond or mechanic’s lien rights of a subcontractor, lower-tier subcontractor or material supplier before services are rendered is “null and void” in Virginia.  The new language in Va. Code § 11-4.1:1 and Va. Code § 43-3 […]

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Contractor’s failure to provide project accounting leads to criminal conviction under Va. Code § 43-13

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Violation of Va. Code § 43-13 leads to criminal, not civil, liability. Under § 43-13, when a contractor receives money from an owner to pay subcontractors, he cannot use the money for any other purpose. In Holloway v. Commonwealth, owners paid a contractor $422,000 towards a new home, but after five suppliers and subcontractors went […]

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Western District of Virginia narrowly construes Virginia’s anti-indemnification statute

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Rental companies may now rest easier in indemnity cases in Virginia.  In RSC Equipment Rental v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., the Western District of Virginia denied a general contractor’s motion to dismiss where the contractor sought to avoid indemnifying a forklift supplier by invalidating its indemnity clause.  Under Va. Code § 11-4.1, a party in a […]

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Email evidence supports time extension, defeats general contractor’s delay claim

Posted on June 11, 2015
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Don’t delete a good email. In United States ex rel. Engineered Services v. T.H.R. Enterprises, a subcontractor defeated a general contractor’s delay claim and won its entire contract balance using email evidence to establish an extended completion date.  The Eastern District of Virginia federal court held that the subcontract completion date was extended to the […]

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