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11 Pender & Coward Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America©


Virginia Beach, Va. – 11 Pender & Coward attorneys have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for outstanding work in individual practice areas. These rankings are based on a rigorous process that captures meaningful and substantive peer review evaluations. 

Dave Arnold - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Arnold leads the firm’s eminent domain practice group and serves as chief operating officer on the firm's executive committee. His law practice focuses on eminent domain and right of way condemnation for government and business entities, including real estate transactions and litigation. 

Tom Berkley – Admiralty and Maritime Law

Berkley is recognized for the 6th year by Best Lawyers©.  He focuses his practice on maritime, admiralty and transportation and routinely advises public and private marine terminals, shipyards, ship lines, and intermodal and cargo interests on operational, contract, insurance and liability issues. 

Jo Ann Blair-Davis - Trusts and Estates

Blair-Davis has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995. Blair-Davis focuses her practice in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, estate administration and probate and succession planning for small businesses. 

Richard Garriott - Family Law

Garriott is recognized for the 5th year by Best Lawyers for family law, and Norfolk’s 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, which he also received in 2014. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Garriott focuses his practice on family law, domestic relations and litigation. 

Bart Keil – Family Law

Keil is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of family law and litigation.  He has been representing clients in divorce and family law matters for 40 years. 

Anne Lahren – Family Law

Lahren is an attorney focusing her practice on family law, immigration, labor and employment and litigation matters.  She is skilled in handling international family law and immigration issues. 

JB Lonergan – Real Estate Law

Lonergan is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of real estate, banking and financial institutions and business legal services.  He has over 30 years of experience handling real estate and loan transactions. 

Burke Margulies – Trusts and Estates

Margulies is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and administration and real estate.  He has 50 years of experience advising clients in all aspects of estate planning. 

Bob Samuel - Personal Injury Litigation for Defendants

Samuel has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his personal injury work every year since 2006.  He is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of workers compensation, personal injury and litigation. 

Dan Schieble - Personal Injury Litigation for both Defendants and Plaintiffs

Schieble is recognized for the 6th year by Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation for both Defendants and Plaintiffs.  He is a firm shareholder with 35 years of experience handling personal injury litigation. 

Diane Thompson - Trusts and Estates

Thompson is recognized for the 26th year by Best Lawyers for work in trusts and estates.  She focuses on the areas of estate planning and administration, fiduciary income taxation, federal estate and gift taxation and post-mortem tax and disclaimer planning. In 2015, Thompson also received a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” designation for her work in trusts and estates law in Norfolk. 

About Pender & Coward

For more than a century, Pender & Coward has been dedicated to the success of its clients, representing businesses of all sizes, governmental entities and individuals. The firm’s attorneys practice throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and remain committed to accomplishing client goals through proven experience, resourceful solutions and effective communication. For more information, visit

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune and other media worldwide, is the oldest peer review guide to the legal profession. The international program represents over 70 countries and is known for its relationships with the most prestigious lawyers from all over the world. The selection for Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous survey comprised of nearly 6.7 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the U.S.