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PLDR is pleased to announce that Scott Kowalski has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg for 2022-2023.

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PLDR Law is very pleased to announce that Chambers USA has again ranked Scott Kowalski in its Virginia Construction Lawyer category for the Chambers USA 2022 Ranking Guide.

Chambers USA, a UK-based research and publishing group, ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the United States of America. To identify and rank the best laywers and law firms, Chambers employs a team of more than 200 full-time researchers to conduct an in-depth assessment of recent work and extreme interviews with clients and other lawyers in the practice area. The researchers assess laywers on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service.

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PLDR is pleased to announce that Scott W. Kowalski has again been selected for inclusion in the Virginia Super Lawyers list for Construction Litigation, a recognition that Scott has been honored to receive each year from 2017 to the present. Attorneys selected for inclusion are nominated by their peers and recognized for their outstanding professional achievement in their area of practice.

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Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards is an AV Rated firm located in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  Our firm culture promotes collegiality and work/life balance. Attorneys are encouraged and able to manage and tailor their practices to their own strengths and interests. Living and working in the heart of Central Virginia has its advantages. Lynchburg offers a low cost of living (check here - https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/cost-of-living-calculator/), short commuting time, access to diverse outdoor activities (James River, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley), and proximity to Roanoke, Charlottesville and Richmond.  At the same time, our firm offers a wide array of services, and many of our attorneys have sophisticated state-wide and national practices and clientele.  See our website at www.pldrlaw.com. The firm seeks to add an attorney who is interested in developing expertise and a client base in one or more of the following areas of law: corporate and transactional law, commercial real estate, or commercial litigation. We offer a competitive compensation package.  To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Chad Mooney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLDR Law proudly announces its new executive team: Scott W. Kowalski (President), Andrew P. Pearson (Exec. Vice President), and Chad A. Mooney (Secretary/Treasurer).  We are grateful and fortunate to have excelled and grown under the leadership of G. Edgar Dawson, III (President) and James R. Richards (Secretary/Treasurer), both of whom served as forward-thinking leaders and exceptional mentors.    Our firm looks forward to the future as we continue to grow and evolve.

We are pleased to announce that Chad A. Mooney, a principal of PLDR Law, has been appointed to serve on the 2022-2023 Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors and holding the position as Co-Chair for the Membership Committee.  He has served on the VTLA membership committee since 2019.

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PLDR is pleased to announce that the Chambers USA 2021 Guide has again ranked Scott Kowalski in its Virginia Construction Lawyer category.

PLDR is pleased to announce that Scott W. Kowalski has been named to the "2020 Legal Elite" in Construction Law by Virginia Business magazine.

Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards is pleased to offer a comprehensive Divorce & Family Law practice.  Our representation includes premarital agreements, divorce, child custody, adoption, equitable distribution and other domestic relations issues.  We are especially pleased to offer services in Collaborative Divorce and Mediation.

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We are pleased to announce that one of our principals, Scott W. Kowalski, became the Chairman of the Virginia State Bar Construction and Public Contracts Law Section Board of Governors in June of 2020. Scott has served on the Board of Governors of the Section since 2011.

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The Chambers USA guide has ranked Scott W. Kowalski in Band 4 of its Virginia Construction Lawyer category. The 2020 Chambers guide describes Scott as "very talented" and goes on to report that Scott is "adept at advising on construction litigation and surety law. His roster of clients include owners, design professionals, contractors and suppliers. Sources praise his 'good trial ability' and also say he is 'experienced and well versed in construction law.'"

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