Darius K. Davenport

Darius is a partner and Chairman of the Government and Public Sector and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Groups of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin. His practice focuses on data privacy laws and helping clients mitigate cyber risk.

Darius also provides a wide variety of legal services to political subdivisions and other governmental entities on matters relating to the governance and administration of public agencies to include procurement, economic development, ethics, and freedom of information. As a former U.S. Army JAG attorney, he has provided legal advice and counsel to senior government officials on a wide variety of legal issues.

As a member of our Commercial Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Practice Group, Darius also represents national and local banks, financial institutions, lending institutions, and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy situations.

Darius’ practice also includes complex litigation in state and federal courts with an emphasis on insurance defense matters.

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.
  • 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
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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24th Annual Mayflower Marathon
Posted on December 3, 2020
The 24th Annual Mayflower Marathon took place November 20th-22nd.  The CWM family was excited to continue their tradition of volunteering for this annual event in support of our local community!  Darius Davenport, Shirley…...
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Video Conferencing Best Practices
Posted on April 24, 2020
Video Conferencing Best PracticesDownload With many employees transitioning from the office to teleworking from home, video conferencing has surged in popularity and demand. Wherever your work takes you, consider these best…...
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Teleworking Data Security Tips
Posted on March 16, 2020
Teleworking Data Security TipsDownload Teleworking data-security is essential to protecting company data when employees are working at remote locations.  Consider these simple tips to encourage your company and employees to maintain…...
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Virginia Business Announces 20th Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 3, 2019
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Lawline Honors its Top Virginia Faculty
Posted on October 22, 2019
Darius Davenport was included in the list of Lawline's Top Virginia Faculty. His program "Cybersecurity for Virginia Lawyers" was one of Lawline's most-viewed and top-rated Virginia programs. …...
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Vigilance against cybercrime especially important in Hampton Roads | Cybersecurity column
Posted on July 8, 2019
Cybercrime isn't just a national security issue — it can affect business resiliency in Hampton Roads, a cyber expert told attendees of the Virginia Cyber Alliance's most recent workshop. More than…...
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