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Vincent A. Dongarra

Vince focuses his practice on Business & Commercial Law, Healthcare Law, Estate Planning & Administration, and Administrative Law. Vince has advised businesses large and small, as well as individuals, on how to meet their goals, and has considerable business, regulatory, and healthcare law experience.

Born in Seaford, Delaware, Vince began law practice in the Richmond offices of McGuireWoods LLP, where he was part of one of the nation’s ten largest healthcare legal departments. While in Richmond, Vince helped clients from individual practitioners to hospital systems meet their business goals while navigating the complex interplay of federal and state healthcare regulations. After seven years in Richmond, Vince moved his family back to the Eastern Shore, where his children could grow up surrounded by family and old friends. After running his own law firm, Tred Avon Legal LLC, Vince decided to join McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker (MDSW).

Vince has worked with a variety of charitable law organizations, including drafting guidance for cancer patients for Cancer LINC, providing education and guidance on advance directives for National Healthcare Decisions Day, and serving on the board of the non-profit Crater Community Hospice.

Prior to practicing law, Vince worked as an archaeologist to ensure his clients’ compliance with cultural resources laws on a variety of projects, including housing developments, roadway construction, and emergency-relief projects associated with Hurricane Katrina. Vince’s clients and employers included the Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Forest Service (USDA), a number of engineering firms, various state departments of transportation, and a variety of private real estate development companies.

Vince and his family live in Easton, where he is an active member of Trinity Cathedral Easton. In his free time, Vince enjoys teaching his children the finer points of his low-performance fishing techniques, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2009
  • Maryland, 2017
  • District of Columbia, 2022

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

Professional Involvement

  • Talbot County Bar Association
  • Talbot County Chamber of Commerce
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2009, magna cum laude.

  • University of Sheffield, MSc, Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, 2004, with distinction.

  • Mississippi State University, BA, Anthropology, 2001, magna cum laude.