Riparian Rights - Atlantic Ocean: Virginia Waterfront Property Law

Atlantic Ocean /

Atlantic Ocean /

Legal Services for Atlantic Ocean Waterfront Property Owners in Virginia

The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world’s oceans. It connects North America to Europe and Africa. For this reason it is a vital pathway for international shipping and commerce. It is also an abundant source of food which supports Virginia’s multi-million dollar aquaculture industry, and a recreation area for beachgoers and oceanfront property owners. Our teams’ extensive knowledge of waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law has helped clients all across Virginia.


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Examples Of Our Experience Defending Atlantic Ocean Property Owners

Represented Homeowners In Sandbridge Beach To Help Make Common Sense Changes In Sand Dune Laws

Our experienced attorneys represented homeowners in Sandbridge Beach whose properties were being swallowed by encroaching sand dunes. Our efforts convinced local authorities to make common sense changes in the law resulting in revised environmental regulations which protect the rights of beachfront homeowners while still preserving the natural beauty of the dunes. Ultimately defusing prosecutions brought under the Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches Act (this statute prohibits any disturbance of a primary sand dune without a permit; violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and can result in a civil penalty up to $25,000 for each day of violation).

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Titanic Salvage Proceedings

Salvage proceedings involving the RMS TITANIC, the ship that went down after hitting an iceberg in 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, New York.

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Increased Catch Limits For Commercial Fishing

Assisting commercial fishing entities in multiple commercial fishing quota actions against the National Marine Fisheries Service, resulting in increased catch limits.

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Assisted Commercial Fishing Fleet Retain Scallop Permit

Successfully assisted a commercial fishing fleet owner in retaining a federal scallop permit, valued in excess of $500,000.00, against challenge brought by a commercial competitor.

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Negotiated  Long-haul Towage Contract For Shipyards

Contract negotiations for shipyards - including a long-haul towage contract for a large dry dock traversing the Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern seaboard.

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Defending Jones Act Claims For Personal Injuries

Representing several commercial fishing fleet owners defending Jones Act claims for personal injuries brought by vessel crew members.

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We Protect Your Waterfront Property, Maritime, and Environmental Rights

These represent just a few of the many instances in which Jim and his team have assisted clients on or near Virginia’s waterways. If you have a legal issue pertaining to any Virginia waterway, call Jim Lang and his team at (757) 502-7326 or email him at:


Waterfront & Riparian Rights Law Experience With Virginia Waterway

We work in one of the longest and most diverse coastlines in the world - 7,213 miles – over three times the distance between Virginia Beach and San Diego. Virginia is also home to numerous rivers and tributaries, and a great variety of wetlands. These waterways include:

Although no two cases are alike, click on the links above to see examples of our work helping Virginians in the waterways of Virginia. We’re standing by and ready to help navigate your unique situation - Schedule Your Consultation.


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