Brandon H. Zeigler

Brandon-ZeiglerBrandon H. Zeigler has been practicing law in Virginia since 1996 and is well known for civil and domestic litigation.  Approximately 90 percent of his practice involves litigation.  He has served as lead counsel on cases in every Hampton Roads city and in federal court.  Several of Mr. Zeigler’s cases have resulted in published opinions by the Virginia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He has been selected for inclusion in both the list of “Legal Elite,” published by Law & Politics and in Virginia Super Lawyer (every year since 2008).   Mr. Zeigler has published numerous articles and given lectures on various topics in family law and landlord tenant law.  He is active in state and local bar associations.

Areas of Practice

Representative Cases

Commonwealth v. DeLapp, 10 Vap UNP 0258101 (2010)
Gillikin v. Burchett, 06 Vap UNP 2468051 (2006)
Schneider v. Commonwealth, 47 Va. App. 609 (2006)
Hammaker v. Brown & Brown, Inc., 214 F. Supp. 2d 575 (E.D. Va. 2002)
City of Virginia Beach v Carmichael Dev. Co., 259 Va. 493 (2000)
Richfood Inc. v. Jennings, 255 Va. 588 (1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1996

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. – 1996
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
    • B.A. – 1991

Published Works

  • “Responding to July’s Revisions of Article 9 of the Virginia Commercial Code”, The Journal, The Journal (VTLA), Fall, 2001
  • Author for “Landlords Have Rights, Don’t They?”, Divaris Property Management Corporation Property Management Seminar, 2001
  • Authored the chapter on “Endorsements and Exceptions”, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2005
  • Authored the chapters “Understanding Key Landlord/Tenant Laws and Standards”& “Choose the Appropriate Notice to Quit Option”, National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2005
  • Authored the chapter “Opening the Door – Counseling your Client at the Beginning of the Lease”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminar, ” A Guide to Virginia Residential Landlord-Tenant Law”, 2007
  • Authored the chapters “Lease Provisions & Issues: Planning Ahead to Avoid Problems” & “The Eviction & Judicial Process”, Sterling Education Services Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Landlord Tenant Law”, 2008
  • Authored the chapters “Landlord Tenant Mediation/Dispute Resolution and Collections: Enforcing Your Judgment”, Sterling Education Services Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Landlord Tenant Law”, 2010
  • Co-Authored “Evidence for Family Lawyers”, Virginia CLE’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2011
  • Authored the chapter “Special Issues in Military Divorce” for the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar “Advanced Family Law” – 2013

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, “Landlords Have Rights, Don’t They?”, Divaris Property Management Corporation Property Management Seminar, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Tidewater Community College, 2000 – 2002
  • Co-Lead Speaker, “Civil Liabilities and Other Legal Issues”, Virginia Department of Justice Services and the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association, 2003
  • Co-Presenter, “In-Depth Title Insurance Principles for the Advanced Practitioner in Virginia”, National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2005
  • Co-Presenter, “Preventing or Successfully Resolving Residential Eviction Actions in Virginia”, National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2005
  • Co-Presenter, “Virginia Real Estate Titles: Identifying Defects and Finding Solutions”, National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2006
  • Co-Presenter, “A Guide to Virginia Residential Landlord – Tenant Law”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2007
  • Co-Presenter, “Landlord Tenant Law”, Sterling Education Services’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “Selected Ethics Issues in Family Law”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “A Guide to Virginia Residential Landlord – Tenant Law”, Virginia CLE’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Landlord Tenant Law”, Sterling Education Services’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, “Equitable Distribution – Cracking the Nest Egg and Other Assets”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Family Law Section CLE, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, “Evidence for Family Lawyers”, Virginia CLE’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Moderator and Co-Presenter – “There is a Case for That”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Family Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar – May 2011
  • Co-Presenter – “Mastering Fundamentals and Meeting Challenges in Difficult Times”, Virginia CLE’s Continuing Legal Education 29th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar – May 2011
  • Co-Presenter – “Leases: An Ounce of Prevention” and “Tenant’s Rights and Obligations”, Sterling Education Services – 2012
  • Co-Presenter for National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar “Advanced Family Law” – 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Young Lawyer), Virginia Business Magazine, 2006
  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Super Lawyers” (Domestic Relations), 2008 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • James Kent Inn of Court, Member 2012 – Present
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, 2004 – 2012
  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 2nd District Disciplinary Committee, 2008 – 2012
  • Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Committee, 2006 – 2012
  • Virginia Bar Association, Co-Chair, Town Hall Meeting Committee, 1998 – 2002
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1998 – 2004
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, Web-Page Committee, 2002 – 2003
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee 1999 – 2000; 2002-2003
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Convention Committee, 2005
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Mentor Committee, Vice – Chair 2004; Chair 2008 – 2012
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Member, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Liaison Committee, 2005 – 2012
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Former Member, Young Lawyers Committee, 1999 – 2003
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, 2001 – 2003
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Director 2012 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Presenter, VTLA’s “Road to Justice”, Middle and High School Students, 1998 – 2002
  • Volunteer, Concerned Lawyers Advocating Spousal Safety, 1997 – Present
  • Volunteer/Mentor, Seatack Elementary School, 2000 – 2001
  • Judge, Regent University School of Law, Negotiation Competition
  • Judge, Black Law Students Association, National Appellant Competition
  • Judge, Mid – Atlantic Black Law Students Association National Trial Competition