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Diamond's Award 2024 Ylc Ellis Burnette Royster

Diamond Royster Receives Honorable R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award


Virginia Beach, Va. – Pender & Coward is pleased to announce that attorney Diamond Royster has received the Honorable R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC) Board of Governors selected Diamond for this award for her dedication to the YLC and commitment to the community, including her coordination of the Bench Bar Relations Program and her volunteerism with the Urban Renewal Center Project in Hampton Roads.  The Honorable R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. presented the award to Diamond at the YLC Membership dinner on May 30, 2024.

At Pender & Coward, Diamond focuses her practice on civil litigation, local government, eminent domain/right of way and waterfront law matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Diamond served as a law clerk for the Honorable Cleo Powell of the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

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 from offices in Virginia Beach and Suffolk and remain committed to accomplishing client goals through proven experience, resourceful solutions and effective communication. For more information, visit