Zemanian Law Group


Peter G. Zemanian

Contact:  757-622-0090; ext. 11


Practice Areas

Creditors Rights; Bankruptcy; Commercial Law

1985, Virginia

Law School:
Washington & Lee University, J.D.


Colgate University, B.A.

Virginia State Bar (Chair, Bankruptcy Section Board of Governors, 2006-2007).

Contributor and Student Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review, 1983-1985. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Past President, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1995-1996.

Born: New Rochelle, New York, April 23, 1960

Pete Zemanian, who leads the firm, was the first attorney in southeastern Virginia to be certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification, a national trade organization that is accredited by the American Bar Association.* He has qualified as an expert in federal and state court proceedings on a number of topics related to bankruptcy, foreclosures and the collection of delinquent accounts and associated commercial transactions.

Peer recognition is perhaps the most reliable method for measuring professional talent, and Pete Zemanian enjoys the universal respect of his colleagues.  He is included in the "Legal Elite", which is an annual survey of attorneys throughout Virginia conducted by the Virginia Bar Association and Virginia Business magazine. Pete Zemanian also has been listed for over 20 years in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2013 (copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States, and has been recognized as a "best law firm" for 2014.  He has served as the 2006-2007 chair of the board of governors for the bankruptcy section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a founding member and past president of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar. 

*There are currently no procedures adopted by the Virginia State Bar or courts of the Commonwealth for approving certifying organizations.

Paul A. Driscoll

Of Counsel

Contact:  (757) 622-0090; ext. 15



Practice Areas

Bankruptcy, Corporate Governance, Creditors Rights, Financial Institution Compliance, Commercial Transactions



Virginia, 1991; North Carolina, 1992.

Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the Eastern District of North Carolina; United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.



Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1985.

Washington and Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991.  Burks Scholar

United States Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, 2010.



Following graduation from law school, Paul served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of North Carolina, first for Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge A. Thomas Small, Jr. from 1991 to 1992, and then for United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard from 1992-1993.   

Paul entered private practice in 1993 in Roanoke, Virginia as an associate with Magee, Foster, Goldstein & Sayers, P.C. and later Brumberg, Mackey & Wall, P.L.C. before moving to Virginia Beach in 1997 where he was an associate and counsel with Pender & Coward, P.C.   He has extensive experience in foreclosures and collections in state court, representation of debtors, creditors, and trustees in contested matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, and trial experience in commercial and employment litigation in federal court as well as representation of indigent defendants under the Criminal Justice Act.


Paul joined Hampton Roads Bankshares, Inc. and The Bank of Hampton Roads in early 2009 as Associate General Counsel and became Director of Special Assets in mid-2009, a position he held until the company’s merger with Xenith Bankshares, Inc. in 2016.   He became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2012, positions he held until his departure from Xenith in February 2017.   As general counsel, he provided legal advice to the Board, management, retail and commercial relationship managers in the field, and was primarily responsible for the selection and management of outside counsel in litigation, special assets, and transactional matters.   As Secretary, he was responsible for ensuring Board and committee compliance with internal governance requirements, responding to shareholder inquiries, and served as the primary Company contact for its stock transfer agent.  


As Director of Special Assets, Paul oversaw a department that began with one commercial workout officer and a collector.   He grew it into an organization which peaked at ten Special Assets Officers, thirteen support personnel, and $340 million in nonperforming loans under management.   The Special Assets department reduced nonperforming loans through chargeoffs, restructures, note sales, collateral sales, and foreclosures to less $40 million by December 2016.   Foreclosed real estate holdings fell from a high of $75 million to under $5 million and recoveries to the allowance for loan and lease losses totaled over $40 million during the same period.   As a result, Paul is well-familiar with the leadership, accounting, compliance, budget, internal control, personnel, and management challenges associated with classified and nonperforming assets.       


Paul retired in 2015 as a colonel after thirty years in the Army and Army Reserve in a variety of assignments including command at the company, battalion, and brigade levels and a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq as a National Police Transition Team Chief during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His awards and badges include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Bronze Star.


Paul and his wife, Amy, have three children and make their home in Virginia Beach.

Rosemary Kearns Zemanian



757-622-0090; ext. 12

Admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1985, Rosemary is a graduate of Colgate University and Washington & Lee School of Law.



Megan M. Lachman, Legal Assistant


Contact:  757-622-0090; ext. 13