Riparian Rights - James River: Virginia Waterfront Property Law

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Legal Services for James River Waterfront Property Owners in Virginia

The James River is the largest watershed in Virginia. It begins in the Appalachian Mountains and flows nearly 350 miles to the Chesapeake Bay, where it joins with the Elizabeth and Nansemond Rivers to form Hampton Roads Harbor. Richmond, the state capital, is located on the James, and Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony was settled on its banks. It was the site of several BassMaster Classics and the 2003 FLW Tour Championship. Additionally, the James River also offers excitement and adventure to boaters, swimmers and white water rafters. The James is a well-known fishing hotspot. A two-mile stretch through downtown Richmond is the only place in the country where class III and IV whitewater rapids exist within sight of skyscrapers. 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 Successful Legal Cases Defending James River Property Owners

Resolve A Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Enforcement

Helped riparian property owners resolve a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act enforcement action brought by the City of Richmond after the owners re-landscaped their yard. The enforcement authority was demanding a restoration plan that would have cost $150,000 and civil penalties. The case was resolved with the enforcement authority agreeing to accept the common sense restoration proposed by the homeowners and agreeing to forego civil penalties.

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Marine Construction Contracts

Drafted marine construction contract governing use of derrick barges during construction of electrical transmission towers spanning the James River.

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Commercial Fishing Fleet Owners Defending Jones Act Claims

Represented 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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