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James T. Lang


Jim Lang is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of environmental law, business legal services, real estate and admiralty law.

Jim has extensive experience representing residential and commercial waterfront property owners in environmental law issues, as well as business clients in a broad range of corporate matters.

A published author whose numerous articles cover a variety of environmental law topics, he is also a frequent guest speaker at legal and business conferences and seminars on environmental law issues.

Before joining the firm in 2005, Jim completed a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy starting as an E-1 Fireman Recruit and finishing as an O-5 Commander, including 16 years as a U.S. Navy JAG Attorney. He served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia from 2002-2003.

Represented residential landowners facing a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act civil enforcement action in which the City of Richmond demanded they pay a civil penalty of $32,500 and demanded that they install new plantings at their property with a cost in excess of $150,000.  The case was resolved in early 2017 to our clients' benefit as the City withdrew the Notice of Violation, dropped the demand for monetary civil penalty, and accepted the clients' landscaping plan instead of requiring the more costly landscaping plan designed by the City. (2017) 

Represented a family owned business that owns a 7 acre parcel (value $6M) in Norfolk, on the Elizabeth River, where a neighbor clogged the waterway with a Floating Junkyard consisting of 26 ships. Prosecuted a citizen’s environmental lawsuit in federal court that forced the neighbor to remove the Floating Junkyard from the river which removed all interference with client’s riparian property rights. 307 Campostella, LLC v. Timothy S. Mullane, civil action no. 2:15-cv-224 (E.D. Va. 2016).

Designed and then persuaded Virginia Beach City Council to adopt a plan that enabled oceanfront property owners in Sandbridge, Virginia to remove beach sand that inundated their homes, free of prosecution by the Wetlands Board, and consistent with requirements of the Virginia Coastal Primary Dunes and Beaches Act. (2016)

Represented a medium size HVAC contractor in managing risk to the company after an employee intentionally released 30-40 pounds of R22 refrigerant into the atmosphere, conduct that is prohibited by the Stratospheric Ozone Protection regime at subchapter VI of the Clean Air Act, and the implementing regulations promulgated by EPA. (2016)

Represented a family owned business that owns a 3 acre parcel in Chesapeake which had been heavily polluted by its Fortune 500 corporate tenant who disposed of metals and hydrocarbons in the soil and in the groundwater over the course of its 30 year occupancy. Forced the tenant to clean up the environmental contamination and to compensate landlord for reduced property value due to stigma. (2015)

Represented highway builder in establishing a 32 acre offsite facility to mitigate stream bank impacts caused by highway construction project. (2014)

Represented waterfront landowner cited for destruction of 600 square feet of nonvegetated wetlands in proceedings at Norfolk Wetlands Board. (2013)

Assisted lender in arranging Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act compliance for tear down and reconstruction of repossessed bay front residence. (2013)

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Environmental & Land Use, 2016
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Environmental Law, 2015 & 2016
  • Yucca Valley High School Hall of Fame, 2017
  • Boy Scouts of America, Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • The Up Center, Mentor
  • Boy Scouts of America Bayside District, Past Chairman
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Past Board Member
  • Transportation Task Force of Empower Hampton Roads, Past Volunteer General Counsel
  • Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee, Past Subcommittee Vice Chair, Norfolk, 2004–2010
James T. Lang Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 502-7326 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7372