Back Bay Case Examples

Raised walkway through marsh at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. /Sherry V Smith/

Riparian Rights: Waterfront Property Virginia

Jim Lang and his team at Pender & Coward, P.C. work hard to protect the rights of Virginians who live, work, and play on the 3,285 square miles of water in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jim and his team have decades of experience taking care of people like you throughout Virginia in all matters related to waterfront (riparian) property rights, maritime & admiralty law, and environmental law.

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Legal Services for Back Bay - Waterfront Property Law in Virginia

Located in Virginia Beach, Back Bay is the largest body of freshwater in the district. It is bounded by the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the north and the MacKay Island National Wildlife Refuge to the south, which are managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Stretching over 25,000 acres, the Back Bay extends into North Carolina where it’s called Currituck Sound.

Our teams’ extensive knowledge of waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law can helped clients in matters such as:


Examples Of Successful Legal Cases Defending Back Bay Property Owners

Protecting Virginia Beach Homes From Stormwater Flooding

Our experienced waterfront law team represented the developers trying to begin construction for better stormwater management on wetlands property after the Back Bay Restoration Foundation filed a lawsuit against them. Our efforts scored a major federal court case victory that will protect 250+ homes in Virginia Beach from stormwater flooding.

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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 Now.

Serving Commercial and Residential Property Owners on the Back Bay

Most of the 9,062.45-acre fresh water refuge is on the Currituck Banks Peninsula, which borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound on the west and part of Virginia's Outer Banks. The majority of refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of Back Bay. The refuge adjoins Virginia's False Cape State Park. Beyond that, the northern edge of North Carolina's Outer Banks lies immediately to the south.

Neighboring cities and small populated areas to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Park – Virginia Beach, VA; Moyock, NC; Hill Landing, VA and False Cape Landing, VA