An experienced advocate for waterfront businesses, Tom has represented clients throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and along the coasts of rivers, sounds, and bays of Virginia and Northeast North Carolina for decades on a variety of maritime and employment issues. Reach him at (m) 757-572-2657.
Posts From Tom Berkley
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.
April 24, 2020
Jim Lang and the Waterfront Law Team volunteered as part of the Shore Delivery Corps helping at-risk citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia during the coronavirus shutdown. Read the full article.
March 19, 2020
On March 14, 2020, Jim Lang and the Waterfront Law Team helped resurface a trail at the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve in Portsmouth, VA. Read the full article.
July 19, 2019
Virginia's Eastern Shore is facing environmental issues, such as oyster farming, and riparian property rights lawyer Tom Berkley is here to give you the scoop. Read the full article.
May 20, 2019
Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney (and licensed insurance agent) Tom Berkley explains the Navigational Warranty Clause in Marine Insurance Contracts Read the full article.
February 15, 2019
Tom Berkley explains how Virginia and several Mid-Atlantic States, as well as the District of Columbia, enacted laws that streamline a waterfront riparian property owner’s ability to remove and dispose of derelict vessels dumped at the shoreline. Read the full article.
September 8, 2018
Derrick barges, widely used in Hampton Roads, are considered a "vessel", creating a complex maze of legal exposure for the employer if an employee is injured while working on the barge. Tom Berkley explains how employers can manage this exposure. Read the full article.
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I met Mr. Lang a few years ago when I was in need of an attorney . . . (one of my friends referred him). Since that time I not only have I used Mr. Lang for my personal legal issues, but also my business legal issues. He reviewed and updated my contracts, he's helped with an employee / labor board issue (we won!), and any and all other issues I've had (legally). He has always been very professional in every instance, and always returned my phone calls in a timely manner. I have referred all my friends and family to him too! Just an all around great guy!