Two new attorneys join firm

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pender and Coward has announced that Tom Berkley has joined the firm as a shareholder and that Tyler Rosá has joined the firm as an attorney.

Berkley focuses his practice in the areas of maritime, admiralty and transportation. He routinely advises marine terminals, shipyards, ship lines and trucking and cargo interests on operational, contract, insurance and liability issues.

Berkley also has experience representing commercial fishing associations, maritime construction companies, P&I Clubs and recreational boaters.


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An active supporter of the maritime and transportation communities, Berkley is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the South Eastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Virginia Maritime Association, the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council and the Norfolk Propeller Club.

Berkley received the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association’s Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award, was included in Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime for the last six years.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School.

“We are thrilled to have Tom join our team and expand the maritime, admiralty and transportation services and resources we offer our clients,” Pender and Coward Chief Executive Officer Rick Matthews stated in a press release.

Rosá focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and transactional law, litigation and real estate. In addition to civil litigation, business and real estate matters, Rosá handles local government defense, homeowners’ association and trust and estate litigation.

Rosá received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, where he played on the football and baseball teams. He received his Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School.

“We enjoyed working with Tyler as a summer intern during law school and are thrilled to welcome him as a new attorney,” Matthews said.