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We care about the safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients, friends and communities as we continue to serve the needs of our clients.  Our offices remain open, although we are using alternative means of communication to replace in-person meetings. For more information on our firm’s operations and plan in response to COVID-19, click here or call us at 757-490-3000. Click here for helpful COVID-19 articles and resources.

In The Community

Pender & Coward professionals have deep roots in our communities volunteering and working with non-profit organizations, giving time and resources, serving on boards and providing needed assistance to these vital organizations. The firm also generates and leads community service efforts such as Pender & Coward's Restore the Shore and Pender & Coward's 130th Anniversary Tree Canopy Community Service Project.  We salute our professionals who give their time and talents to the community and continue to honor the firm’s motto of “Service. Integrity. Results."  Read below about some of these volunteer community service efforts.

Food for Frontline Healthcare Heroes

Pender & Coward is providing food for frontline healthcare heroes to show appreciation and support during the coronavirus pandemic.  The firm is supporting local restaurants by purchasing food to deliver lunch to healthcare workers at Sentara’s Obici Hospital and Virginia Beach General Hospital.  50 pizzas from Amici’s izza Café in Suffolk were delivered to Obici Hospital on April 29, 2020.  150 meals from 501 Grill North Kitchen + Bar in Virginia Beach were delivered to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on May 6, 2020.  Pender & Coward also provided 500 Hershey bars for nurses at both hospitals to celebrate Nurses Week.

Pictured above at Sentara Obici Hospital are Breanna Taylor of Amici's Pizza Café, hospital representative Debbie Williams, Boo McGhee of Amici's Pizza Café and Pender and Coward attorney and CEO Dave Arnold.

Pictured above at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital are Stefanie Talley of 501 North Kitchen + Bar, hospital representatives Dolores Reed, Margaret Chenault and Peggy Braun and Pender & Coward attorney and CFO Mark Baumgartner.

Diane Reid - EMT For Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad

Pender & Coward paralegal Diane Reid has served as an EMT with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad since 2006.  We appreciate Diane and all first responders, medical workers and others on the front lines helping people in our communities during the COVID-19 crisis.  In the words of Mr. Rogers, in times of crisis “look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping.”  Diane also handles a very busy career as a paralegal at Pender & Coward continuing to serve clients while practicing safe social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.  Diane will celebrate her 25th anniversary with Pender & Coward in May of 2020, and we’re proud to count her as one of our P&C Heroes.

Diane Reid - volunteer EMT

130th Anniversary Tree Canopy Community Service Project

In appreciation of our clients, communities and friends that have nurtured and sustained us for 130 years, the firm donated and planted 130 trees in Southside Hampton Roads through a firm-wide service project.

Restore the Shore 

Pender & Coward's Restore the Shore project unleashed the power of over 50 volunteers to clean up a battered shoreline and replant native plants so the shoreline will thrive again.

Navy Seal Memorial

The firm donated funds and provided pro bono legal services to the Navy SEAL Foundation for the construction of the Navy SEAL Monument on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.