Skip to main content

James Thompson Lang

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Jim Lang

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 20 years
    Ohio - OH 34 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Environmental and natural resources
    LL.M. in Environmental Law, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, NEPA, riparian property rights, ChesBay Preservation Act, prosecute and defend citizen's environmental lawsuits.

    19 years, 150 cases

  2. Business
    Represent physicians in negotiation of employment agreements. General counsel to owner of commercial multi-family properties, firm that installs and repairs fiber optic cable, real estate investing firm, construction firm.

    19 years, 150 cases

  3. Admiralty and maritime
    Ship collisions and allisions. Lead counsel in federal court prosecution of tug company for ship allision damages to Coleman Bridge, resulting in $1.2M recovery. Assisted bank in perfecting financing lien at port of embarkation for heavy equipment that borrower purchased in Finland.

    19 years, 150 cases

I focus my practice on environmental law with an emphasis on assisting residential and commercial waterfront property owners, while continuing to serve my business clients in a "General Counsel" role assisting them with a wide variety of corporate matters.


Together with my 18 year old daughter, we completed (this summer) the restoration of a 1967 classic Mustang.  This was one of those projects where everything that could go wrong did go wrong.  When we pulled the 289 engine, and tore it down in our garage, we found the bottom end was too badly damaged for rebuild (thrown rod).  We got a second 289 engine, tore it down, then while it was at the machine shop decided to go with a later model 302 with a roller cam.  The car, now finished, is show-car quality.  Great father/daugher lessons in auto mechanics and value of perseverence.  Daughter left for colleage at end of summer so now working (solo) on my golf game and hoping that, through perseverence, I can get result similar to the result with the classic car. 


Pender & Coward, PC
222 Central Park Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Stephen | November 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and diligent
Jim Lang has assisted and advised us on a number of legal transactions from real estate to trusts to general personal law. We have never considered ourselves high touch; however, Jim has always given us the attention that I would have previously assumed a lawyer would only provide for a client with a high number of billable hours. He takes the time to explain complex issues and treats us with sincere respect. We have found our long term counsel to help us navigate life.
Read less
Posted by Liz | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust and heart
Trust and heart are the two words that I will use to describe working with Jim Lang. I trust Mr. Lang to do a great job for me, and let me know up front what my legal fees will total. In the past, he has given me the option to do some of the legal work myself in order to stay within my budget. Mr. Lang also has a heart. He understands life's many ups and downs. I felt that he was really on my side, that he was concerned about me, and how I was doing with my new business. Mr. Lang is an outstanding lawyer but more importantly, Mr. Lang is a good man. I highly recommend him. Liz
Read less
Posted by cheryl | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Service
Mr. Lang came highly recommend to me from a business colleague. He provided me with prompt, accurate and effective legal services regarding restructuring several of my companies. He listened to what my objectives were and provided sound advice. He is a rare commodity in the legal profession in that he truly listens to his clients and looks at all aspects of the case. I highly recommend Mr. Lang and his team.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jim Lang - Professional Advocate
Jim has worked with our company for more than six years. I have always found him to have outstanding integrity, a strong commitment to our company, an extraordinary understanding of the law and the resources to bring forth the best legal advice to our complicated business needs. Our small business is stronger due to Jim Lang being our professional, legal advocate.
Read less
Posted by Phillip | October 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Marina Forklift
Jim Lang represented my company in the Chesapeake Circuit Court for a heavy equipment manufacturing defect. His engineering background and perseverance provided him with a keen ability to find qualified expert witnesses. Our case was settled favorably one day prior to court after many months of litigation and depositions.
Posted by David | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James (Jim) Lang
Jim Lang has represented my company and myself in litigation several times. These were events that occurred at years of doing business of no fault of my own. I can not express the relief of having Jim by my side. The courtroom is not a place I like to find myself. He was very knowledgeable, professional, and understanding. He explained all my options and even what was going to occur before it happened. He knew what opposing council was going to do like as if he read their notes. I never at any time felt my decision for him to represent me was a wrong decision. I know sometimes life has a way of creating issues beyond your control. These issues can be handled in and a lot of times out of court. I know as long as James (JIm) Lang is my attorney I sleep better at night for those what if's life sometimes throws at you.
Read less
Posted by Eric | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More Than Just An Excellent Attorney
Jim has provided legal counsel for my company for years. Jim is more than just an excellent attorney, he is also a valued and trusted business advisor. I have always found Jim to be very responsive and his ability to review literally hundreds of documents and quickly determine the relevant facts and get to the heart of the matter is a core strength. He has also been able to leverage his background and experience to provide us with business advice to not only help us grow our business, but also avoid some major pitfalls. I highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by John | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I met Mr. Lang a few years ago when I was in need of an attorney for my divorce (one of my friends referred him). Since that time I not only have I used Mr. Lang for my personal legal issues, but also my business legal issues. He reviewed and updated my contracts, he's helped with an employee / labor board issue (we won!), and any and all other issues I've had (legally). He has always been very professional in every instance, and always returned my phone calls in a timely manner. I have referred all my friends and family to him too! Just an all around great guy!
Read less
Posted by Rick | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James Lang
I am very happy with the legal work that Jim Lang has provided to me and my business. I have used Jim for many business questions and personal issues also. Whenever asked about legal questions I always recommend talking with him. We have used him for about five years..
Posted by Erica | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
We have worked with Mr. Lang several times in the past 2 years. He was always very professional and provided superior service. He always follows up even after transactions are completed to make sure everyone is happy. Highly recommend!
Posted by Kelly | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Great Firm
My company has engaged Jim and his firm, Pender & Coward on multiple occasions in the past few years. Our primary engagement was for business and government contracting concerns and Jim provided us with prompt, accurate and effective legal services in all cases. He is responsive and has a keen ability to understand the issues. When we were in need of a specialist his firm has a deep bench of legal talent to draw from. I will continue to reach out to Jim as my first choice for legal services.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Hourly Rates $ 195-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Pender & Coward, PC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Commander
  • U. S. Navy
  • 1989 - 2002


  • The George Washington University Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1995
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1989
  • University of Southern California
  • BS
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 307 Campostella v. Mullane
  • Obtained permanent injunctive relief that eliminated "Floating Junkyard" from portion of Elizabeth River adjoining client's property.
  • VDOT v. TUG ROBERT BURTON, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94015, 2012 AMC 2230
  • Obtained $1.2M recovery for client
  • In re American Bridge Company
  • Resolved on favorable terms following 18 months of litigation in U.S. District Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals


  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Lawyer Disciplinary Subcommittee, Second District (Norfolk)
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Ohio State Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1989 - 2004
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite in Environmental Law
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • 2012 Distinguished Service Award
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 2013
  • Legion of Merit medal
  • U.S. Navy
  • 2002
  • LL.M. With Highest Honors
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • 1995
  • J.D. Summa Cum Laude & Order of the Coif
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law
  • 1989
View all awards


  • 2 The Environmental Lawyer 353
  • Clean Air Act Section 176 General Conformity Program
  • 1996
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • International Right of Way Assn Chapter 52 Business Meeting
  • Environmental Issues in Eminent Domain
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
Endorse James
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim and I litigated a case in U.S. District Court featuring complex environmental and admiralty issues. Shellfishermen filed suit against our respective clients - Jim represented VDOT and I represented a construction company - seeking multi-millions of dollars for alleged damage to leased shellfish beds arising from construction of the new Chincoteague Bridge. I took the case from state court to federal court under the Limitation of Liability Act and over 14 months of depositions and motions ensued. Jim repeatedly proved himself to be a very capable litigator able to quickly analyze a complex set of facts and issues and craft persuasive arguments. He also showed himself to be a man of integrity who can aggressively represent his client while dealing reasonably with people. Our discovery and motions practice poked significant holes in the plaintiffs' case, following which Jim's client was pleased to resolve the case with a token “pennies on the dollar” payment. Great lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Virginia Beach Environmental and natural resources Lawyer James Thompson Lang
James Thompson Lang
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 34 years