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Deborah Mancoll Casey


Vandeventer Black LLP
Attorneys and counselors at law
101 W. Main Street, Suite 500
Norfolk, VA 23510



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Choate Rosemary Hall; Emory University, B.A.
College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D.

Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:

Community Associations Institute (College of Community Association Lawyers; Chair Virginia Legislative Action Committee; President Southeastern Virginia Chapter; frequent speaker at Chapter educational events); City of Chesapeake Board of Zoning Appeals (Vice Chair); Jewish Family Services of Tidewater (Board of Directors); Jewish Community Center of Tidewater (Board of Directors); Ohef Sholom Temple (Board of Directors); Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association (Chair, Young Lawyers Division).

Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?

I have been fortunate to have so many people who have helped me along the way. Each one has played their own special role, and they are too numerous to name in this small space.

What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?

My three incredible, loving children are my greatest source of pride.

What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?

Follow your dreams, and realize there is no easy road. Be willing to accept challenges. Work hard for what you want, but do it for the right reason. The joy and satisfaction you will receive come not from the credit you may receive, but from the knowledge and relationships gained.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

I am still working on this juggling act. I try to be engaged in whatever I am doing, but it is a delicate balance and sometimes that means saying “no.”

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

I knew from a pretty early age that I wanted to be a lawyer, especially once I realized that I was never going to be an Olympic gymnast or a prima ballerina.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

As corny as it sounds, The Sound of Music. On some level, it is about being true to yourself and your beliefs, the joy of family and music, and it is a good love story.

What are two things about you that not many people know?

I do not like an audience and I am afraid of dogs.

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