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Pender & Coward Announces 2021 Officers


Virginia Beach, Va. – Pender & Coward is pleased to announce that the following shareholders have been elected to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee: 

Dave Arnold, Chief Executive Officer – Dave Arnold was reelected as CEO after serving on the firm’s Executive Committee for the last six years.  He leads the firm’s eminent domain practice group and focuses his practice on eminent domain, real estate and local government law.  Beginning his legal career as a law clerk at Pender & Coward, Dave now has over 28 years of legal experience representing businesses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Mark Baumgartner, Chief Financial Officer – Mark Baumgartner was reelected as CFO and has served in that capacity since 2017.  He focuses his practice on litigation, business and real estate matters.  With over 17 years of legal experience, Mark began his legal career as a law clerk at Pender & Coward after serving in the United States Marine Corps and operating an import and wholesale distribution company.  

Jim Lang, Chief Operating Officer – Jim Lang was reelected as COO and has served in that role since 2019.  He leads the firm’s waterfront law practice group and works to protect Virginians who live, work, and play on the water, especially in proceedings before the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.  Jim joined Pender & Coward in 2005 after completing a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy, including 16 years as a U.S. Navy JAG Attorney. 

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