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James T. Lang - Virginia Beach, VA

222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 400 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Updated: 08/30/2023

Virginia Beach Environmental Law Lawyer


Jim Lang is a Pender & Coward shareholder and served as COO of the firm. He focuses his practice on protecting Virginians who live, work and play on the water, especially in proceedings before the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). Although he routinely handles all aspects of waterfront (riparian property) law, maritime & admiralty law, and environmental law, clients consistently turn to Jim when they need help at the VMRC...

About James T. Lang

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Waterfront Law


  • 15%


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2009
  • Virginia Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2004

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar Second District Disciplinary Committee, 2004 - 2010
  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • James Kent American Inn of Court, 2003 - 2006
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, 2011 - Present


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1989
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: Law Review, Editor
  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, 1995
    Honors: With Highest Honors
    Major: Environmental Law
  • University of Southern California, 1982
    Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Past Positions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Judicial Law Clerk, 2002 - 2003
  • U.S. Navy, E-1 (Fireman Recruit) to O-5 (Commander), 1977 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America, District Chair, Bayside District, Tidewater Council, January 1, 2012 - October 1, 2013
  • Youth Mentor at The UpCenter, Norfolk, June 1, 2012 - Present
  • Board Member, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, 2012 - 2014

Classes and Seminars

  • Environmental Issues in Eminent Domain, International Right of Way Association, March 18, 2016
  • Riparian Property Rights, Hampton Roads REALTORS Association, April 14, 2016
  • Environmental Contamination: A Condemnor's Minefield, Eminent Domain Institute, May 6, 2016



  • Legal Elite in Environmental Law (Virginia Business Magazine), 2015 - 2016
  • Distinguished Service Award (Boy Scouts of America), 2011 - 2012
  • Legion of Merit medal (U.S. Navy), 2000 - 2002

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Office Information


222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 400 Virginia Beach, VA 23462


  • (757) 502-7372



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