Adriane J. Dudley
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Adriane has been in active practice in the Virgin Islands since 1977. Her early days on St. Thomas working as a law clerk gave Adriane the opportunity to meet and form lasting relationships with the island’s multi-cultural and excitingly diverse community members, both within and outside the legal realm. That pattern has continued throughout her professional and personal life in the Territory and beyond. As a youngster, she watched television shows featuring Perry Mason and avidly followed state and national politics. She inherited a love of the legal profession from her father, an attorney and, unlike many who have chosen a similar career only to eventually burn out, her passion has endured over the years and she is still excited to come to work every day.
After working as a law clerk in the Virgin Islands Territorial Court, Adriane became a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General and later served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Virgin Islands. In private practice since 1979, she co-founded the firm of Dudley Rich LLP, which she describes as much more than a collection of intelligent and experienced individuals working under the same roof; it is, she says, “a true partnership.” There is a spirit of cooperation among the attorneys and staff which translates into harmony and a positive outlook. She believes these qualities foster the high level of competence that assures clients receive outstanding legal services.
In 2020, Lawyers.com awarded Adriane its AV Preeminent™ Rating. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible honor that Lawyers.com can bestow and a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.
Areas of Practice:
Adriane has extensive experience with Virgin Islands economic development incentives for large and small businesses. Clients establish effective contractual relations with the executive and legislative branches of the government and navigate government bureaucracy. Adriane has deep expertise in the areas of labor and employment law, business management matters and estate planning and trusts. She is also well versed in gaming and casino regulation. She has appeared in trial and appellate courts at both local and federal levels.
A leader academically, professionally and in the community, Adriane is known for her dynamic involvement in all causes she serves and was recipient of the 2009 VI Bar Association’s Winston Hodge Award for Public Service, as well as the ABA State & Local Government Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Adriane works to improve the quality of life in the Virgin Islands and beyond. She has a special concern for issues affecting children. As Legislative Chair of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, she frequently advocates for the business community before the Virgin Islands Legislature and in 2014 was honored with the Chamber’s Community Service Award.
Bar Memberships, Professional Affiliations & Offices Held:
1972-Present Member, American Bar Association
1976-Present Member, Virgin Islands Bar Association
1981; 2001-2002; 2006-2007; 2012-2014 Board of Governors, Virgin Islands Bar Association
1979-1980 Committee on Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
1980-1981 President, Virgin Islands Bar Association
1980-Present Committee on Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
1981-Present Litigation Section, American Bar Association
1985-Present Faculty Member, American Arbitration Association
1985-Present Commercial Arbitrator, construction and securities issues; Labor Arbitrator
1995-1988 Member, Board of Directors and Advisory Council, American Arbitration Association
1990-Present Law Practice Management Section, American Bar Association
Chair, State and Local Government Section, American Bar Association
1990-Present Faculty Member, Practicing Law Institute
1991-1996 Member, Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Virgin Islands
1991-1997 Board Member, The Historical Society of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1992-1994 Chair, Human Resources Committee, Section of State and Local Government, American Bar Association
1994-1996 Member, Virgin Islands Governor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families
1994-Present Member, American Law Institute
1995-1996 Council Liaison to Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession, Section of State and Local Government, American Bar Association
1995-1998 Member, Commission on Gender, Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts
1996-2000 Member, Virgin Islands Governor’s Commission on Youth
1996-2010 Member of Council, Section of State and Local Government, American Bar Association
1997-2000 Member, Board of Governors, American Bar Association
1998-Present Member, The Historical Society of the United States Supreme Court
2012-2013 Chair, Diversity Committee of State and Local Government Section, American Bar Association
2016-2019 Third Circuit Representative to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
2019 Elected Life Member, American Law Institute (authors of the Restatement of the Law)
2019-Present Chair, Local Rules Advisory Committee, Civil & Criminal, U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands
2020-Present Chair, Minority Caucus of the American Bar Association House of Delegates
- Author: the annual survey of the Law of Defamation of the Virgin Islands for the Libel Defense Resource Center’s (LDRC) 50-State Survey.
- Editor: the 1992 Annual Report of the ABA Section State and Local Government Human Resources Committee published in The Urban Lawyer.
- Contributing Editor: The Developing Labor Law (1989-1994 and 1996-2001 editions), a publication of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, Committee on the Development of the Law under The National Labor Relations Act.
- Author: America Inns of Court/LCP Federal Practice Guide Series, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Chapter 1 “Introduction to Federal Appellate Practice.”
- Book Review: “Ending It: Dispute Resolution in America,” The Arbitration Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2, June 1989.
- Report of the Committee on Human Resources, AIDS In The Workplace – A Practice Guide for Employers, Urban Lawyer, Vol. 35, No. 4, Fall 1992.
- Numerous articles and practice guides for public and professional seminars on employment issues, including Harmonizing Labor and Employment Laws in the International Caribbean Market, Center for International Legal Studies, Kutzbühel, Austria.
Civic Organizations and Other Affiliations:
1978-1979 Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America Pre-Teen and Teen Troops
1978-1980 Member, Board of Directors, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands
1979-1983 Member, Board of Directors, V.I. Public Television Station (WTJX)
Board Chair – 1984-1985
1980-1983 Member, Board of Directors, Queen Louise Home for Children
1980-Present Board of Directors, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce President – 1986, 1989 & 1994
1991-1992 Member, Board of Directors, United Way
1991-Present Mentor, “Big Sister”
1992-1998 Member, Board of Directors, Rotary Club of St. Thomas
1992-1999 Member, Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands Secretary, Board of Directors – 1996-Present Member, Investment Committee
2919-Present Board of Directors, Foundation of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, University of the Virgin Islands