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James Chapman and Steve Stancliff represent partnership in win for rights to salvage gold treasure

Posted on July 10, 2014
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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. > NBC News "Ohio Company Wins Rights to Shipwrecks Gold"  …

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Chapman to Serve as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Tech

Posted on June 30, 2014

James L. Chapman, Jr., a partner with the firm, was chosen to serve as vice rector of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Board of Visitors for the coming year. He is a 1979 Tech graduate with a law degree from Washington and Lee University. Mr. Chapman will also serve as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Press Release >…

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Attorneys attend Tidewater Community College’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast

Posted on May 9, 2014
Posted in Community News

Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds attended Tidewater Community College's 12th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast at the Portsmouth Campus Student Center.  This year's theme for the Women's Center was "Educate. Empower. Enhance and engage". The guest speaker, Barbara Hamm Lee, provided a heartwarming and inspirational speech, sharing her own experiences and talking about keys to women succeeding in their careers, in their community engagement, and in life.…

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CWM attorneys, Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds close on transaction to build grocery store in Decatur, Illinois

Posted on April 25, 2014
Posted in Transactions

On April 25, 2014, CWM attorneys, Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds, closed on a transaction that utilized New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTCs”) to finance the construction of a new grocery store and affiliated convenience store and gas station in a low-income community in Decatur, Illinois (the “Project”).  CWM represented Hampton Roads Ventures, L.L.C. (“HRV”), a Virginia-based Community Development Entity (“CDE”), in this transaction which combined Six Million Dollars ($6,000,000) of HRV’s Round 10 NMTC allocation with a Two Million Dollar ($2,000,000) NMTC investment from a CDE affiliated with PNC Bank.  The grocery store, which will be operated by Niemann’s Foods, Inc. under its “CountyMarket” brand, will bring fresh, affordable food choices to a USDA-designated Food Desert.  In addition, the Project will create one hundred twenty (120) construction jobs and over one hundred (100) permanent positions which will generate significant employment opportunities for residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood.…

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“So You’re 18” program visits students at Norview High School

Posted on March 1, 2014
Posted in Community News

The "So You're 18" program is organized by the South Hampton Roads Bar Association to introduce students at Norview High School to the rights and responsibilities that they will be embracing as citizens as they turn 18.  Darius Davenport, President of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association and an attorney with CWM, encouraged students to appreciate, respect, and protect their new rights as citizens.  Vice Mayor Angelia Williams, Judge Michelle Atkins, Attorney Tameka Lewis, Anthony, Bruce Sams, and Attorney Jennifer Williams discussed citizenship, voting, military service, jury duty, and criminal charges. is organized by the South Hampton Roads Bar Association to introduce students at Norview High School to the rights and responsibilities that they will be embracing as citizens as they turn 18.  Darius Davenport, President of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association and an attorney with CWM, encouraged students to appreciate, respect, and protect their new rights as citizens.  Vice Mayor Angelia Williams, Judge Michelle Atkins, Attorney Tameka Lewis, Anthony, Bruce Sams, and Attorney Jennifer Williams discussed citizenship, voting, military service, jury duty, and criminal charges.…

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Jury Awards Nearly $800,000 to CWM Client

Posted on February 19, 2014
Posted in Cases

A jury awarded nearly $800,000 to a client of CWM after a six-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  James Chapman represented MidAtlantic International against AGC Flat Glass in this commercial dispute.  AGC had refused to make payment under the terms of a "take-or-pay" clause in their contract.  AGC filed a counterclaim for approximately $900,000, claiming that the goods were defective.  The Court dismissed AGC's counterclaim at trial.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of MidAtlantic for $797,360.08, the full amount owed under the contract.…

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W. Ryan Snow has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the I’Anson Hoffman Inn of Court

Posted on February 14, 2014

The I'Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court is one of over 200 American Inns of Court designed to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills. Its membership consists of select lawyers, state and federal judges, law professors and law students. The American Inns of Court are based on traditional English Inns of Court, modified to fit the American legal system. They were created after Chief Justice Warren E. Burger initiated a pilot program with specific American law schools. The I’Anson Hoffman Inn of Court is associated with the Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William & Mary.…

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W. Ryan Snow Appointed Chair of Construction and Public Contracts Section of Virginia Bar Association

Posted on January 24, 2014

W. Ryan Snow has been appointed Chair of the Construction and Public Contracts Section of the Virginia Bar Association. Mr. Snow is managing partner of CWM and chairs the firm’s Business Disputes and Construction Law Practice Groups. The VBA’s Construction and Public Contracts Section was founded in 1992.  It consists of nearly 200 lawyers throughout Virginia who work to monitor, initiate and promote legislation that affects the construction industry and public contracting. Mr. Snow has been a member of the Section Council for several years, serving as an officer for three of them.…

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Donald Schultz Appointed to Chair Membership Committee of Virginia Bar Association

Posted on January 5, 2014

Donald Schultz has been appointed to Chair the Membership Committee of the Virginia Bar Association. Mr. Schultz is also serving his third year on the Board of Governors for the VBA.  He is a partner with Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. and chairs the firm's Creditors' Rights Practice Group.  He practices in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Business Law, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Civil Litigation.…

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Norfolk Botanical Gardens kicks off New Year with “Garden 2014 Fun Run”

Posted on January 2, 2014
Posted in Community News

On New Year’s Day, hundreds of runners and their families enjoyed 2.014 miles of spectacular light displays throughout the Norfolk Botanical Garden while kicking off the new year in a fun and healthy way.  The Garden 2.014 Fun Run was a brand new fundraising event for Norfolk Botanical Garden. Ryan Snow, who serves on the Board of Trustees, was part of the team that put together the Fun Run. It is now slated to be an annual event.…

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