Kathryn Byler is an attorney focusing her practice in the areas of real estate, business, guardianships, and estate planning matters. She joined Pender & Coward after graduating from Regent Law School in 1998.
As a licensed Virginia real estate broker and commercial property owner, Kathryn brings a heightened understanding of her clients’ real estate and business needs. Her professional volunteer efforts include serving as Chair of the VA State Bar Real Property Section and Chair of the VA State Bar District 2-1 Disciplinary Committee.
Kathryn is an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law. Prior to practicing with Pender & Coward, she was a faculty member at Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College and Virginia Wesleyan College.
Routinely represents family members of persons with mental and/or physical disabilities to have them determined incapacitated adults and the petitioners appointed guardians. This appointment enables the guardian to apply for entitlements (Medicaid, SSI), communicate with physicians, establish living arrangements for a safe, sustainable environment, and make decisions in the best interests of the incapacitated adult.
Drafted and executed a Will at the hospital for a client who passed away days later, providing him with peace of mind knowing that his estate was being distributed according to his wishes.
Represented a property owner against a tenant with a past due balance exceeding one year’s rent. Gained possession so the home could be sold and judgment against the tenant so efforts to collect the past due rent could be initiated.
Represented a family with a home that had been vacant for more than a year due to disability and death of elderly parents. Arranged for continued insurance coverage, an appraisal, an estate sale of valuables, disposal of trash, clean up of the property, listing of the home, and closing of the sale with proceeds available for the remaining elderly adult in an assisted living facility.
- Virginia State Bar, Second District Committee, 2018-present
- Virginia State Bar, Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Chair, 2014-present
- Virginia State Bar, Real Estate Section, Chair, 2021-2022
- Virginia State Bar, Circuit Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Chair, 2006-2014
- Virginia Beach Association General District Court, Judicial Liaison Committee, Chair
- American Bar Association
- AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
- Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2022 and 2023
- Virginia's Legal Elite, Real Estate/Land Use, 2021 and 2022
- Regent University Outstanding Alumni Award, 2009-2010
- Virginia Beach Bar Association Service Award, 2016
- Nora Spencer Homner Award, American Lung Association of Virginia, 1994
- Virginia Beach Forum, President, 2010-2011 season, Board of Directors, 2008–present
- Central Business District Association (CBDA) Design Review Committee, 2022
- Norfolk State University, Business & Economic Development Advisory Board, 2013
- Centura College, Paralegal Program Advisory Board, 2007–2012
- Election Protection, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, 2008
- Virginia Aviation Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004–2007
- American Cancer Society, Corporate Leadership Council, 2005 & 2006
- American Lung Association, SEVA, President, 1995-1996
- American Lung Association of Virginia, Board of Directors, 1992-1997
- Animals in the House: An Explanation of Service Animals, Support Animals and Pets for Landlords and Tenants - September 2023
- New Laws in Virginia 2023 - June 2023
- New Laws in Virginia Effective July 1, 2022 and Highlights of Other Proposed Bills - June 2022
- Holding on to a Family Legacy: Transferring Wealth through Real Property - December 2021
- New Laws in Virginia Effective July 1, 2021 - June 2021
- New Laws in Virginia Effective July 1, 2020 and Noteworthy Actions by the Virginia Legislature - June 2020
- Commercial Landlord-Tenant Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic - April 2020
- Can Virginia Renters Be Evicted During the COVID-19 Crisis? - April 2020
- Highlights of Bills and New Laws in Virginia for 2019 - June 2019
- Highlights of Bills and New Laws in Virginia - July 2018
- Supreme Court of Virginia Shifts Jurisdiction of Some Actions of Unlawful Detainer - April 2017
- Resolving Fee Disputes without Litigation - August 2016
- Byler Authors Article in "The Fee Simple" - January 2015
- Welcome Aboard! Residential Leasing to Military Families - November 2014
- The Legal Side of Aging and Dementia: Advance Planning Tools, Commitment Proceedings, Guardianships & Conservatorships - March 2013