Potomac River Waterfront Law Case Examples

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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 Potomac River Waterfront Property Owners in Virginia

Although the Potomac is over 400 miles long, it is probably best known as the river that flows through our nation’s capital. In terms of area, the Potomac River is the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States. The Potomac River separates Maryland from Washington, D.C. Some of our nation’s most iconic monuments, including the Jefferson Memorial and Mount Vernon, sit along its banks. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed. Our teams’ extensive knowledge of waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law has helped clients all across Virginia.


Examples Of Successful Legal Cases Defending Potomac River Property Owners

Riparian Property Owners

Representing riparian property owners in disputes ranging from easements to trespass to the construction of private piers.

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Privately Owned Island Used For Duck Hunting

Assisted a client in protecting property rights at a privately owned island in the river used for duck hunting.

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Pier Case Victory For Homeowners

Represented Fairfax County homeowners in court trying to build a community pier 

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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: jlang@pendercoward.com.

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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.

Serving Commercial and Residential Property Owners on the Potomac River

The Potomac River runs 405 miles from Fairfax Stone Historical Monument State Park in West Virginia on the Allegheny Plateau to Point Lookout, Maryland. The river has two sources. The source of the North Branch is at the Fairfax Stone located at the junction of Grant, Tucker, and Preston counties in West Virginia. The source of the South Branch is located near Hightown in northern Highland County, Virginia. The river's two branches converge just east of Green Spring in Hampshire County, West Virginia, to form the Potomac. As it flows from its headwaters down to the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac traverses five geological provinces: the Appalachian Plateau, the Ridge and Valley, the Blue Ridge, the Piedmont Plateau, and the Atlantic coastal plain.

Once the Potomac drops from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain at the Atlantic Seaboard fall line at Little Falls, tides further influence the river as it passes through Washington, D.C. and beyond. The estuary also widens, reaching 11 statute miles wide at its mouth, between Point Lookout, Maryland, and Smith Point, Virginia, before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

Counties near the discharge points: Cumberland, MD; Harpers Ferry, WV; Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA; St. Mary’s County, MD; Point of Rocks, MD; Hancock, MD; Paw Paw, WV