Virginia Environmental Law & Waterfront Property Rights Resources

Jim Lang and His Team Are Thought Leaders in Waterfront (Riparian) Property Rights Law, Maritime & Admiralty Law, and Environmental Law
kent e roberts shutterstock 1721174710

Preservation of Mature Trees Can Help Win Site Plan Approval Due to an Amendment to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act

June 2, 2020

Learn from our experienced waterfront law team how mature tree preservation plans can help gain site plan approval in Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. Read the full article.

oil spill

Environmental Law: An Oil Spill Could Cost Your Business

May 12, 2020

The owner of each vessel, each shipyard, each port, and each waterfront facility that handles oil is faced with the risk of an oil spill into water. Ignoring the risk is foolhardy. It puts the Read the full article.

chesapeake bay

Environmental Law And The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act: Where Local Knowledge Is A “Must”

May 8, 2020

A deep understanding of local knowledge is necessary for success when dealing with the Chesapeake Preservation Act, which is upheld by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Board. Read the full article.

clean water act

Oil Spills: The Clean Water Act To The Oil Pollution Act Of 1990

May 5, 2020

Owners or operators of shipyards must deal with both the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 when charged with oil spills in the ocean, which can increase fines and penalties depending on the severity of the spill. Read the full article.

Neighborhood homes on the water

As Coastal Migration Continues, Waterfront Property Owners Encounter Complicated And Costly Environmental Regulations

May 5, 2020

Costs Faced By Waterfront Property OwnersWaterfront property owners in Hampton Roads are privileged to enjoy the ambiance and a fantastic view, in addition to a highly valuable set of riparian Read the full article.

vessel operation

Vessel Operations & Environmental Law In The Chesapeake Bay: Endangered Species Act And The Marine Mammal Protection Act

May 5, 2020

Safe vessel operations while observing both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act can avoid potential penalties by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read the full article.

corlaffra shutterstock 297597974

Brown Water Seamen And The Stowaway Virus: Coronavirus Precautions

May 1, 2020

Brown water seamen have "maintenance and cure" rights, but Coronavirus may encourage employers to adopt proactive measures to protect crewmen and to avoid financial repercussions. Read the full article.

roibu shutterstock

Supreme Court Watch: County Of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

April 28, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects Hawaii Wildlife Fund's citizen's environmental lawsuit against the County of Maui's sewage treatment plant for polluting groundwater. Read the full article.

floating oyster cages

Evaluating Recent Legislative Efforts To Reform Oyster Leasing In Virginia

April 24, 2020

Our Waterfront Law team analyzed conflicts between waterfront property owners and oyster farms, and legislative efforts being made to reform oyster leasing. Read the full article.

Contact Our Team of Experienced Lawyers

Fill in the information (to the right) to reach Jim Lang and his team.


Contact Jim Lang


Phone: (757) 502-7326.


Maritime Emergency?

Call or text Tom Berkley 24 hours a day

Phone: (757) 572-2657