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Richard E. Garriott, Jr.


Richard Garriott, a firm shareholder and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, focuses his practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation.

Richard helps clients with cases involving divorce, property settlement agreements, child custody and pre-marital agreements. He also represents clients in matters involving child protective services.

As a former President of the Virginia Bar Association, Richard is recognized statewide as a pre-eminent advocate in divorce and custody disputes. While serving in various statewide legal organizations, he developed an understanding of the need for sensitive client advocacy. Rich also has outstanding skill in handling complex issues related to property valuations, retirement and investment accounts and other financial concerns.

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow and Treasurer
  • International Aacademy of Family Lawyers, Fellow
  • Virginia Bar Association, President 2019
  • Virginia State Bar: Family Law Section; Board of Governors, Past Chair
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow
  • Virginia Family Coalition
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2013–2021, Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, 2014 and 2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2011–2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2015-2017 and 2020
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Family/Domestic Relations, 2011–2019
  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Family Law, 2016-2021
  • Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009 Class of Leaders in the Law
  • Virginia Beach Board of Zoning Appeals, Chair
  • The Arthritis Foundation
  • Seton Youth Services Board of Directors, Past Member
Richard E. Garriott, Jr. Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 490-6252 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7383