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Solving the Dilemma Caused by a Large Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Dumped Next to Our Clients' Pier

June 11, 2024

Clients turned to the Waterfront Law Team after someone sank and abandoned an 82-foot former U.S. Navy vessel in the Little Wicomico River, right next to their pier. In a remarkable result, one of our attorneys, Tom Berkley, persuaded the Virginia... Read the full article.

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Waterfront Law Team Attorney Defeats City’s Claim of Inverse Condemnation in Ocean View Land Dispute

May 30, 2024

Last month, Waterfront Property Law Team attorney Bryan Peeples worked with a client to defend their land purchase in the Ocean View area of Norfolk. Read the full article.

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Riparian Property Rights Attorney Wins Pier Case in Matthews County Circuit Court Appeal

May 30, 2024

The Waterfront Law Team of Pender & Coward recently represented a client in Matthews County, Virginia. Thanks to Bryan's efforts, our client will be able to enjoy his pier, boathouse and gazebo this summer. Read on to learn more. Read the full article.

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A Virginia Wetlands Case Tests the Limits of Sackett

May 14, 2024

In May 2023 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Sackett v. EPA, eliminated the federal government’s ability to regulate a certain category of wetlands. The result in U.S. v. Chameleon LLC and Layne could change this. Read on to learn more. Read the full article.

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Lawsuit to Prove Ownership of Streambed Based on a King’s Grant

April 17, 2024

Read on to learn how the Waterfront Law Team recently went to court and used the Virginia law of King's Grants to help a waterfront property owner establish ownership rights to a stream running through their property. Read the full article.

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Virginia ESC - Stormwater Management

March 21, 2024

Virginia merges its Erosion and Sediment Control Program with its Stormwater Management Program and reissues the VPDES Construction General Permit. Read the full article.

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2023: Waterfront Law Team Year in Review

December 11, 2023

In 2023 the attorneys on our Waterfront Law Team assisted a variety of commercial and residential clients on rivers, lakes, bays and the shores of the sea, located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read the full article.

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Jim Lang Delivers Remarks on the Clean Water Act to the NRPA

November 29, 2023

Last week, attorney Jim Lang presented to members of the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance during their series, River Talk, in Suffolk, VA. Read the full article.

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Update on Virginia’s Unification of Stormwater and Erosion and Sediment Control Programs

November 15, 2023

Effective July 1, 2024, Virginia plans to unify its stormwater requirements with its erosion and sediment control (ESC) requirements. Read the full article.