Randy Singer, Managing Partner

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Randy started Singer Davis (then the Singer Legal Group) as a one-man-shop in 2009 and continues serve as the firm’s managing partner. He has more than twenty years of experience as a trial lawyer and has served as lead counsel on numerous high-profile cases. His history includes thirteen years of litigation experience at Willcox and Savage, a 60-person firm in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as head of the firm’s litigation section.

Randy is also a bestselling and award-wining novelist with fourteen books in print and he serves as Pastor at Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, a church that has grown to over nine hundred in attendance in three locations since its founding in 2007.

Randy graduated second in his class from William and Mary Law School and has been practicing law since 1986. He served as lead counsel in Farley v. Guns Unlimited, the first Virginia jury trial to receive gavel-to- gavel television coverage. He also served as lead counsel in the case of Miller v. Somerville, successfully representing the daughters of Hamilton Somerville in their quest to prove that their father had been poisoned by their stepmother. The Lifetime movie Widow on the Hill, and a 2016 Vanity Fair Confidential television episode of the same title, chronicled the circumstances of Hamilton Somerville’s death and his daughters’ quest for justice. His trial experience includes several trials that lasted multiple weeks and a few that lasted several months. He has litigated product liability cases (the crash of an A-6 Grumman attack plane), commercial cases (representing a popular cable network in a massive patent and shareholder suit), environmental cases (representing a railroad in the clean-up of a CERCLA site), medical malpractice cases (death of a patient from an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy) and criminal cases (representing an off-duty police officer charged with malicious wounding and attempted murder).

In addition to his active litigation practice, Randy also serves as Attorney in Residence and Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum at Regent Law School. For the past five years, he has been named to Virginia Business Magazine’s list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys and has been named one of Virginia’s “Super Lawyers” in the area of civil litigation. He is presently listed by Super Lawyers (a peer reviewed rating) as one of the top 100 lawyers in Virginia.

randyv5About fifteen years ago, Randy began pursuing a passion to write. Tapping into his courtroom experience, Randy pens legal thrillers designed to entertain his readers while confronting them with controversial ethical and moral themes. His first novel, Directed Verdict, won the prestigious Christy award in 2002. Randy was also named a finalist, along with John Grisham and Michael Connelly, for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the American Bar Association and the University of Alabama Law School. In 2015, his first stab at historical fiction, The Advocate, won the award for the year’s top Christian novel.

When Trinity Church was launched in Virginia Beach in 2007, the leaders asked Randy (who had been serving in leadership at the North American Mission Board) to come on board as the Teaching Pastor. In nine years, the church has grown to over nine hundred in attendance across three campuses and is involved in ministry work in various parts of the world. Randy has told the church that he is willing to continue serving as Teaching Pastor until they find somebody who actually knows what they’re doing. In the meantime, he is a preaching lawyer: proof positive that God has a healthy sense of humor.

Admissions:
  • Virginia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Affiliations:
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trinity Church Virginia Beach, Teaching Elder
  • Regent University School of Law, Attorney-in-Residence

Stephen R. Davis, Partner

Practice Areas: Commercial Real Estate

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Steve heads-up the firm’s corporate and commercial real estate practice. In April of 2017, Steve left Willcox Savage, a preeminent Hampton Roads firm, after almost 30 years there where he was the Managing Partner of the firm’s Virginia Beach office and the former Chair of its commercial real estate practice, to join Randy and form Singer Davis, LLC.

Over his career, one of Steve’s primary focuses has been commercial real estate leasing, representing both landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, office, and commercial/industrial leases. Steve also regularly represents both municipalities and developers in public/private partnerships and works on behalf of businesses and real estate developers in land use matters and the acquisition, development, financing and sale of commercial real estate projects. Steve also has extensive experience in structuring transactions and joint ventures, entity formation and general counsel representation and in negotiating and resolving business disputes.

Steve is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Virginia’s “Legal Elite” and was previously named among Virginia’s Top 100 and Top 50 Lawyers by Super Lawyers. Like Randy, Steve views life, and therefore the practice of law, as a calling, and Steve currently serves as the Facilitator of the Elder Board at Trinity Church, where Randy is the Teaching Pastor.

Representative Experience:
  • Counsel for municipality in public/private partnership for the development of a sports and entertainment arena constructed by a private developer using private financing.
  • Regional counsel for publicly-traded REIT in leasing, acquisition, sale and development of Class-A suburban office properties.
  • Represented municipality in connection with a transaction incentivizing preservation and rehabilitation of the historic Cavalier Hotel on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
  • Represents national telecommunications company in leasing and other real estate transactions throughout Virginia.
  • Represents regional healthcare provider in leasing medical office building portfolio, as well as tenant representation and sales, acquisitions and development.
  • Represents media technology company in nationwide tenant leasing, including leasing space for data-center facilities in multiple states.
  • Represented major healthcare network in connection with the development of a medical office tower, including drafting of ground lease for the site, negotiation of a construction contract for the building and preparation of a form office lease.
  • Represented the owner in the revitalization, redevelopment and leasing of JANAF Shopping Center, the largest strip shopping center in Hampton Roads.
  • Negotiated numerous “anchor” and other major tenant retail leases, as well as retail outparcel ground leases.
  • Represented municipality in public/private development of mixed-use hotel and conference center project.
  • Lead counsel for major regional healthcare provider in the development and leasing of $200 million healthcare campus.
  • Negotiated a lease with the City of Philadelphia on behalf of major local ship repair contractor relating to a portion of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
  • Closed $60,000,000 securitized loan relating to regional power center.
  • Represented major local shipyard in leasing a surplus dry dock from the United States Navy, a transaction which involved resolving various business, use and financing issues within the confines of government contracting restrictions.
Education
  • J.D., College of William & Mary, 1987
  • B.A., Virginia Tech, 1984
Affiliations
  • Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE)
  • Virginia Beach Vision: Past-President
  • Virginia Beach Neptune Festival: Board Member and 2013 Triton
  • CIVIC Leadership Institute, Class of 2005
  • Trinity Church: Facilitator of Elder Board
  • Recovery for Life: Board of Directors

Rosalyn Singer, Partner

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Rosalyn joined Singer Davis in September of 2012. Her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation and appellate work; however, she has also taken on a large portion of the firm’s growing estate planning practice. In her first trial, she was part of the team that obtained an $8 million verdict in a wrongful death and Virginia slayer’s statute action. In addition to her trial work, Rosalyn plays an integral role in the firm’s appellate practice, practicing before the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, Rosalyn has worked on several of the firm’s high-profile white-collar criminal cases.

Rosalyn attended law school at the University of South Carolina. She graduated in 2010 in the top ten percent of her class and as a member of The Order of the Coif, a prestigious academic honor. While at USC, she served on the Law Review as an Articles Editor. A case summary she wrote, dealing with the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996, was published in Volume 61 of the South Carolina Law Review.

Directly out of law school, Rosalyn was hired by the Office of Staff Counsel to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, Virginia. She worked there for two years, performing research on pending appeals before the court and presenting proposed opinions before three-judge panels.

Beyond the practice of law, Rosalyn’s main interests revolve around three very important canines. First and foremost, her delightful golden retrievers, Dooley and Jarvis Jones. Second, the Georgia Bulldogs’ college football team; a love that was fostered through her undergraduate education at UGA where she earned a degree in Biology. Additionally, Rosalyn enjoys training for and participating in triathlons. To date she has completed two Ironman triathlons.

Admissions:
  • Virginia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Affiliations:
    • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Coeur Sports Triathlon Team

Kevin A. Hoffman, Associate

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Prior to joining Singer Davis, Kevin served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. in the Norfolk/Newport News Divisions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Kevin participates in a wide variety of the firm’s practice areas, but primarily practices complex civil litigation.

In his time at the firm, Kevin has spearheaded the growing counter-terrorism practice area involving litigation against state sponsors of terrorism on behalf of American citizens kidnapped, tortured, or murdered overseas and their families.

Kevin studied law at Regent University, graduating cum laude in 2014. While at Regent, he served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Regent University Law Review and as Vice-Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Board. Kevin also gained valuable oral advocacy experience as an Oralist for Regent’s Price Media Law Moot Court Programme team that finished second overall at the 2013 International Round in Oxford, England. Prior to law school, he graduated from Grove City College, cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science.

Away from the office, Kevin is kept plenty busy by twin boys and two daughters. He and his wife, Brittany, although New Jersey natives, have fallen in love with Virginia Beach and are proud to call Hampton Roads their new home.

Admissions:
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • US District Court for District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Affiliations:
  • Federal Bar Association, Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Jim Davids, Of Counsel

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Like Randy, James A. (“Jim”) Davids can’t hold simply one job. In addition to practicing law with Singer Davis, Jim teaches and serves as an administrator at Regent University.

After graduating from Duke University School of Law, where he served on the Duke Law Journal, Jim returned to his hometown of Chicago where he practiced law for twenty-five years. For the first six years, Jim was a federal regulatory attorney representing primarily food and drug companies; for the next four years he primarily represented doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases; and for the last fifteen years he was a name partner in a Chicago firm where he headed the firm’s litigation practice. During those fifteen years, Jim handled appeals and tried cases ranging from medical malpractice and serious personal injury claims, to employment discrimination cases (both administrative and in federal court), civil rights cases, and commercial disputes.

In 2001, Jim joined the U.S. Department of Justice where he helped establish the Faith-Based & Community Initiative. He joined the faculty of Regent University in 2003, and has taught trial practice, appellate advocacy, and constitutional law. Jim has also served Regent as an Assistant Dean and as director of two programs in the Law School.

In addition to graduating from Duke Law, Jim is a graduate of Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and Regent, which awarded him a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation topic focused on the three principal legal threats that Christian colleges and universities will face in the next twenty years.

Jim is the past president of the Christian Legal Society, and has served on the boards of several public and private organizations. He and his wife of thirty-five years, Sue, have four children and six grandchildren.

Admissions:
  • Virginia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Florida (Inactive)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Affiliations:
  • Regent University, Faculty Member
  • Christian Legal Society, President (2006-2008)
  • Institute for Reformation, Board of Directors
  • New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Member