Chip Delano of Sands Anderson Law Firm Receives National Community Service Award

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (November 3, 2008) — Robert B. “Chip” Delano, Jr., shareholder and member of the Risk Management practice group at the law firm of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, received the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) Community Service Award at the 2008 DRI Annual Meeting, which was held last week in New Orleans, firm President M. Pierce Rucker announced today.

The DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar, is the national bar association of civil defense trial attorneys and corporate counsel. With its Community Service Award, the DRI annually recognizes one of its more than 22,000 members who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the well-being of the public by participating in programs which have an extraordinary impact on the community.

Delano was recognized by the DRI for having continuously served for over 30 years in various adult leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America, during which he has rendered outstanding service and had a positive impact on the lives of youth, according to the recognition. He is an active member of First Baptist Church, where he is a Deacon, is the Secretary of the First Baptist Benevolent Association and serves on the Personnel Committee.

Delano is a long-time leader with the DRI, having served as the DRI State Representative for Virginia, its Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the DRI. He has further been active with the DRI’s Virginia affiliate, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, of which he served as President in 2002-2003.

Delano concentrates his practice in the areas of tort, insurance and appellate litigation. He is experienced in handling life, health and disability insurance/ERISA litigation and in advising and representing insurance companies and their insureds in insurance coverage, tort and/or bad faith claims. Chip is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible designation based on the opinions of other lawyers and judges, and is listed in the recent Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law.

Founded more than 150 years ago, Sands Anderson has 77 lawyers practicing among its offices in Richmond, Blacksburg, Fredericksburg and McLean, Virginia, and the Research Triangle of North Carolina. In 2008, it was ranked 9th in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly annual listing of the state’s largest law firms. Sands Anderson provides a full range of legal services to corporations and businesses, healthcare providers, financial institutions, state and local governments, the insurance industry and individuals. For more information, visit

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