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Burke W. Margulies


Burke W. Margulies


Burke Margulies is a firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, and real estate.

Highly respected and sought after for his expertise in estate planning, he advises clients on their options, skillfully drafts the appropriate documents to achieve their goals, and assists with carrying out their planning objectives. He also assists families in estate settlement and trust administration, as well as residential real estate matters.

Burke previously served six terms as Pender & Coward’s CEO. Prior to joining the firm, he was employed as a Trust Officer at First Virginia Bank and Virginia National Bank. He has been a contributing author to the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, and is designated by the NAECP as an Accredited Estate Planner.


  • Virginia Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law & Trust and Estates, 2018-2023

  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Wills, Trusts & Estates, 2022-2024
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Community Service Award, 2003
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2008–2012
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Pro Bono Award, 1998
  • Hampton Roads Magazine, Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Chesapeake Assistance Trust, Trustee
  • Ames Charitable Foundation, Trustee
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Jewish Family Services, Personal Affairs Management Committee
  • Hampton Roads Down Syndrome Association, Advisory Board Member
  • Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Advisory Committee Member
  • Virginia Beach Community Trust, Chairman
  • Virginia Beach Trust for Psychiatrically Disabled, Chairman
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Past Director
  • United Way of South Hampton Roads, Past Advisory Board Member
  • Tidewater Community College, Past Advisory Committee Member
  • Virginia Hotel and Motel Association, Past Director
  • Norfolk Hotel/Motel Association, Past Officer
  • City of Norfolk Grievance Panel, Past Chairman
Burke W. Margulies Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Phone / Fax: (757) 490-6275