Law firm expects to be up and running by late summer

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005

When deciding to branch out from their Virginia Beach law offices, the firm of Pender & Coward looked toward one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing areas in Hampton Roads — Suffolk.

Established in 1889, the law firm will be setting down roots in the former Gurley Press building at 100 N. Saratoga St, at the intersection of North Saratoga and West Washington Streets.

The historic building is currently undergoing extensive renovations worth $400,000 that bring in modern-day comforts, details, and technology while maintaining the historic charm and integrity of the late 19th century structure.

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The renovation work is being done by Garcia Development, LLC, which is also a downtown Suffolk business.

Pender & Coward anticipates their Suffolk office to be operational by late summer.

"We are very pleased and excited about the opportunities in Suffolk," said David L. Arnold, who will head the new downtown office.

A Suffolk resident, Arnold is co-founder and director of Greater Suffolk, director of Suffolk Tomorrow and, in 2004, participated in the Suffolk Leadership Academy. He also serves on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads.

"In many ways, this move is just coming home for us," he said. "We already have strong ties to the Suffolk community. It's a town we have long respected and admired, and are ready to become even a larger part of."

Arnold's professional experience has included civil, commercial and tort litigation, including numerous jury trials, in State and Federal courts throughout Southeastern Virginia.

His current practice also includes assisting businesses and contractors with regard to various legal issues, and heavily focuses on matters involving Historic Tax Credits.

When Arnold and his team move into the Pender & Coward Building, they will bring added legal expertise, technological resources, and scope to the Virginia Beach law firm, while further contributing to the revitalization of the historic downtown Suffolk area.

"We are ready to get to work," Arnold said.

The restoration of the Gurley Press building is part of capital investment projects totaling $44 million for new or renovated construction projects around Suffolk during 2005.