Two join Pender & Coward

Published 8:33 pm Thursday, June 27, 2013

Two new attorneys have joined as associates with Pender & Coward’s office in Suffolk.

Jessica M. Booth will focus her practice on wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, as well as the field of elder law.



Naveed Kalantar will focus his practice in the area of general civil litigation.


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Booth earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mary Washington College. She was admitted to practice in Virginia in 2004.

She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association.

She is a charter member of Elder Care Matters and is also a member of several community organizations, including the Beach Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, West Ghent Civic League and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Booth has co-authored several articles, including “Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important,” National Business Institute Inc. (2011); “Premarital Issues in Second Marriages: What to Plan for the Second Time Round,” National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. (2010); and “Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elder Clients,” National Business Institute Inc. (2008).



Kalantar earned his Juris Doctorate in 2011 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he served as articles editor for the University of Richmond Law Review. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in United States government.

He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2011 and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western districts of Virginia.