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


Virginia Beach, Va. – 13 Pender & Coward attorneys have been included in the 2019 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 7th 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 6th year by Best Lawyers for family law, and was 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. 

Ben Hubbard – Construction Law

Hubbard focuses his practice on construction law and mediation and arbitration.  For over forty years, Ben has represented commercial and industrial contracting firms performing federal, state, local, and private market construction. 

Anne Lahren – Family Law

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

Bill Lascara – Real Estate Law

Lascara focuses his practice on government contract law, construction law, litigation, real estate, and corporate and transactional law matters.  He has represented small and large businesses as well as individuals for more than 20 years and served as in-house general counsel for a ship repair, electronics, construction and computer graphics company for over 10 years. 

JB Lonergan – Real Estate Law

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

Burke Margulies – Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates

Margulies focuses 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. 

Jack Rephan – Construction Law

Jack focuses his practice on construction law, government contracts, mediation and arbitration.  Practicing for almost 60 years, he has experience advising clients in all aspects of construction and government contracts law. 

Bob Samuel - Personal Injury Litigation for Defendants

Samuel has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his personal injury work every year since 2006.  He focuses 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 7th year by Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation for both Defendants and Plaintiffs.  He has 36 years of experience handling personal injury litigation. 

Diane Thompson - Trusts and Estates

Thompson is recognized for the 27th 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.