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19 Pender & Coward Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© and Ones to Watch

08/24/20

15 Pender & Coward attorneys have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and four Pender & Coward attorneys have been included in the first edition of The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch* 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 executive officer on the firm's executive committee.  Recognized for the 5th year by Best Lawyers®, he focuses his practice 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 9th year by Best Lawyers®.  For more than 20 years, Tom has represented a variety of maritime and waterfront focused businesses and individuals and focuses his practice on federal and state litigation, maritime and admiralty, transportation, and federal and state workers compensation law. 

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 9th 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 is recognized for 14th year by Best Lawyers® and he 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. 

Alex Johnson – Trusts and Estates

Johnson has 36 years of experience assisting clients with estate planning and business succession matters.  He focuses his practice on wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, corporate and transactional law, real estate, and non-profit and tax-exempt status representation. 

Kristen Jujevich* – Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law

Recognized by Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in two categories, Jurjevich represents clients in a wide range of business concerns and general corporate transactions and focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and transactional law, commercial litigation real estate and community association matters. 

Naveed Kalantar* – Family Law

Recognized by Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in family law, Kalantar represents clients in matters involving divorce, property settlement agreements, custody, pre-marital agreements and other domestic relations cases. 

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 and Construction Law

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in two categories, 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 and Banking and Finance 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.

Barrett Luxhoj* – Insurance Law

Recognized by Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in insurance law, Luxhoj represents individuals and businesses in all manners of claims, such as breaches of contract, property damage and catastrophic injuries and focuses his practice on insurance defense, civil litigation and construction law.  

Burke Margulies – Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in two categories, Margulies focuses his practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and administration and real estate.  He has over 50 years of experience advising clients in all aspects of estate planning. 

Patrick Maurer - Family Law

A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Maurer focuses his practice on family law, domestic relations and criminal law. 

Bryan S. Peeples* – Environmental Law

Recognized by Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in environmental law, Peeples is a member of the firm’s waterfront law team focusing on waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law. 

Jack Rephan – Construction Law

Rephan focuses his practice on construction law, government contracts, mediation and arbitration.  Practicing for over 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 has been recognized since 2013 by Best Lawyers® for Personal Injury Litigation.  He has 38 years of experience handling personal injury litigation. 

Diane Thompson - Trusts and Estates

Thompson has been recognized for more than 30 years 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. Thompson was also named Best Lawyers® 2015 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Norfolk. 

About Pender & Coward

For more than 130 years, 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 www.PenderCoward.com

About Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 148 practice areas. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 67,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of practicing lawyers in the United States.  Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, the newest award initiative from Best Lawyers®, recognized attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellencein private practice in the United States. More than 11,000 lawyers from 2,169 firms were selected for inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch.