Darius K. Davenport

Darius is Managing Partner of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin and Chairman of the Government and Public Sector and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Groups.

His Government and Public Sector practice focuses on providing counsel to political subdivisions and other governmental entities on a wide variety of topics relating to the governance and administration of public agencies to include procurement, economic development, real estate transactions, ethics, freedom of information, and public housing. Darius’ Cybersecurity and Data privacy practice focuses on assisting clients navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of data privacy laws and mitigating cyber risk.

Darius’ practice also includes complex litigation in state and federal courts.

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2002
Norfolk State University, B.A., 1999
Military Service
United States Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Captain
Bar/Court Admissions
Virginia State Bar
Wisconsin State Bar
United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
U.S. Supreme Court
Defense Research Institute
Housing Authority Defense Attorneys
IR Global (Maritime Law and Data Privacy & Security)
James Kent American Inn of Court (Administrator, 2006-2015)
Old Dominion Bar Association Foundation (President)
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Virginia State Bar (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, Former Member; Study Committee on Future of Law, Technology and the Practice of Law Sub-Committee; Litigation Section Board of Governors)
Representative Experience
Representative Cases
Articles and Presentations
  • Assist clients by developing incident response plans, legal policies and training programs to manage cybersecurity risks and mitigate liability
  • Provide counsel to clients regarding cybersecurity and data privacy issues and litigation
  • Represents local housing authorities in landlord tenant law, tort liability, and a host of other civil matters
  • Represents railroads in various litigation matters
  • Represents marine insurers and insureds across the full range of marine insurance disputes
  • Represents clients across a range of business disputes
  • Limitation of Liability actions on behalf of vessel owners
  • Federal and state court litigation in Virginia
  • Law Career Professional Development
  • Captain, United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps (2002-2006)
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Darius has litigated a host of cases in Federal and State Courts.
  • Panelist, “Cybersecurity Insecurity”, AICPA & CIMA National Employee Benefit Plans Conference (May 2022)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity Table Top for Lawyers,” South Hampton Roads Bar Association (April 2022)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity: Identifying and Responding to Current Threats for Local Governments,” Virginia Local Government Management Association Winter Conference (February 2022)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity Urgency for Plan Sponsors: Lessons Learned,” 51st Annual Virginia Accounting & Auditing Virtual Conference (November 2021)
  • Presenter, “Cyber Security: Ransomware and Terrorist Payments,” Actuarial Benefits & Design Company 31st Annual Client Symposium (October 2021)
  • Presenter,  “Double the Trouble: Increasing the pressure to pay cyber extortion,” Virginia Municipal League Conference (September 2021)
  • Co-Presenter, Into the Breach: Practical Guidance on Cybersecurity Incidents,” Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting 2021
  • “Why Paying a Ransom Has Powerful Unseen Cost,” for the Virginia Lawyer Magazine (June 2021)
  • Top Three Technology Tips for Lawyers for 2020“, for the Virginia Lawyer Magazine (February 2020)
  • Faculty, “Cybersecurity for Virginia Lawyers”,  Lawline CLE (October 26, 2018);  Listed as one of Lawline’s Top Virginia Faculty (October 2019)
  • “Hacking at Sea, The Maritime Industry’s Vulnerability to Cyberattack ”, for the Defense, Defense Research Institute, Co-author (October 2019)
  • Presenter, “Cyber Crime”, Virginia Cyber Alliance Professional Workshop Series, Old Dominion University (June 21, 2019)
  • Co-presenter, Gone Phishing: Cybersecurity for Local Governments, Local Government Attorney Association 2019 Spring Conference (April 4, 2019)
  • Co-presenter, Cyber-Ethics: How Not To Let Your Computer Get You Disbarred, Twenty-First Annual Bench/Bar Conference, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (April 1, 2019)
  • Future of Law Practice, 2019 Report of The Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice, Darius K. Davenport, contributing author, Chapter 2.8.
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity for Public Housing Agencies,” Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials 2018 Legal and Policy Seminar (November 2018)
  • Hackers and Why They Hack – and Why You Need to Know”, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, Co-author (October 2018)
  • “Mitigating the Cost of Data Breach”, Data and Security Dispatch, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Volume 4 Issue 2 (October 04, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Public Housing Executive Legal Case Study Panel Discussion,” HADA Seminar, Colorado Springs Marriott (September 26, 2018)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity Liability in the Public Sector,” HADA Seminar, Colorado Springs Marriott (September 25, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Cyberattacks: No Business is Immune”, Cox Business Executive Discussion Series (September 2018)
  • Expert Column, “Make sure your cybersecurity team includes a breach lawyer”, Inside Business Journal (August 3, 2018)
  • Co-presenter, “Anatomy of a Cyber Breach and Response for Maritime Lawyers and Their Clients”, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s (SEALI) Annual Seminar  (June 2018)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in Today’s Legal Practice”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018 Annual Convention (March 2018)
  • Presenter, Recent Developments in Community Security, Housing Authority Insurance Group Fall Collaborative (2017)
  • “Cyber Incident Reporting and the Department of Defense”, Data and Security Dispatch, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Volume 3 Issue 2 (November 21, 2017)
  • Co-presenter, “Cybersecurity and Business Resiliency”, CWM/mode5 Presentation (2017)
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy for Law Firms”, Old Dominion Bar Association Annual Meeting (2017)
  • Co-presenter, “Planning is Not a Luxury: Motivating Early Career Planning Through the Coach Approach”, National Association for Law Placement (2014)
  • Co-presenter, “Increasing the Effectiveness, Clarity, Productivity, and Value of Your Organization through Strategic Planning”, presented at National Association of Law Placement Conference
  • Presenter, “Office Management Boot Camp”, presented at National Association of Law Placement Conference
News and Updates
CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on May 6, 2022
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. …...
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by CoVa Biz Magazine’s Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia 2022
Posted on January 20, 2022
James L. Chapman, IV.Darius K. Davenport, Sr.Donald C. SchultzW. Ryan Snow We are pleased to announce that four CWM attorneys, James L. Chapman, IV, Darius K. Davenport, Sr., Donald C. Schultz…...
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. elects Darius K. A. Davenport, Sr. as Managing Partner
Posted on December 31, 2021
Norfolk, VA, January 1, 2022 – Darius K. A. Davenport, Sr. has been elected Managing Partner of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.  He succeeds Donald C. Schultz, who previously served…...
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Virginia Business Announces 22nd Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 7, 2021
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First Baptist Church of Franklin's 155th Anniversary Parade
Posted on November 24, 2021
On November 21, 2021, Darius Davenport, Western Tidewater Advisory Chair for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Dr. Ruth Jones-Nichols, Chief Movement Officer at Feeding America, and Cliff Hedgspeth, Western…...
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25th Annual Mayflower Marathon
Posted on November 24, 2021
The 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon took place November 19– 21, 2021.  The CWM family was excited to continue their tradition of volunteering for this annual event in support of our…...
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Op-ed: Clear Evidence for Regional High Speed Connectivity by Darius K. Davenport, Esq.
Posted on May 17, 2021
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group chair, Darius Davenport recently wrote an op-ed for Boulevard Magazine where he highlights the need for regional high speed connectivity. Read more here.…...
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Darius Davenport Discusses Avoiding Mistakes in Small Business | Monday, March 29th
Posted on March 25, 2021
CWM partner Darius Davenport joins the Black BRAND, Hampton Roads Black Chamber's Coffee Connect to discuss avoiding business mistakes for small businesses. Register here to tune in on Monday, March…...
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Darius Davenport Elected to Serve as 2021 Norfolk Division Board Chair, Hampton Roads Chamber
Posted on January 4, 2021
Norfolk, VA – Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that partner Darius Davenport was elected as the 2021 Norfolk Division Board Chair for the Hampton Roads Chamber. The…...
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Darius Davenport Appointed to Serve on the Norfolk Innovation Corridor Board of Directors
Posted on December 29, 2020
Norfolk, VA – Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that partner Darius Davenport was appointed to the Norfolk Innovation Corridor board of directors. The 33-member board of directors…...
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