Kaufman and Canoles

Lawrence G. Cumming


Offices: Newport News, Hampton

T (757) 224.2910
F (888) 360.9092


As a member in the Hampton and Newport News offices of Kaufman & Canoles, Larry works with a wide variety of individuals and business owners. Larry enjoys the opportunity to represent clients in legal matters related to both their businesses and personal lives. Larry’s practice focuses on zoning and land use matters, commercial transactions, estate planning and administration and real estate transactions. He also is a skilled civil litigator in cases related to these areas. He helps clients establish, purchase and sell businesses, negotiate loans and leases, develop employment contracts and create succession plans for their businesses. In addition, he represents individual clients in personal matters such as preparing estate plans, purchasing a home, contracting to build a home and handling legal issues regarding the care of elderly parents.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Represented regional developer in the purchase, rezoning and development of $47Mil, 360-unit luxury apartment complex in Hampton, Virginia
  • Represented real estate developer in assembly of 460+ acres in Southampton County, Virginia for future mixed use development

Recognition and honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2017
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2001, 2012 
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • William & Mary Law Review


  • American Bar Association
  • Hampton Bar Association; President, 2006
  • Judicial Selection Committee; 1999, 2007
  • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inns of Court, 2005-2010
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Peninsula Estate Planning Council; President, 2005-2006
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Conference of Commissioners of Accounts
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Christopher Newport University School of Business; Board of Advisors 2003-2010
  • Coliseum Central Business Improvement District; Board of Directors 2008-present
  • Commissioner of Accounts; 8th Judicial Circuit, Virginia, 2002-present; Assistant Commissioner of Accounts 1990-2002
  • Greater Peninsula NOW; 1996-present
  • Hampton Public Library Foundation; Director & Treasurer, 1995-2004; Treasurer, 2010 -2015; President 2016-present
  • Hampton Public School Investment Panel; 2004-2006
  • Harrison & Lear; Board of Directors, 1986-present
  • Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia; Director, 2001-present; President, 2002-2006
  • Peninsula Town Center Advisory Board; 2008-present
  • Sentara Healthcare; Board of Trustees, 1994-2007;  Board of Directors, 2008-present; Medical Affairs Committee, 
    1994-2008; Finance Committee, 2008-present
  • St. John’s Church Endowment Fund; Director, 1996-2001; 2002-2007; Secretary 1996-present
  • TowneBank; Board of Directors 2002-present
  • Urban Land Institute; 2008-present
  • Fort Monroe Authority; Board of Trustees, 2015-2016


  • Judicial Council; Chief Justice
  • College of William & Mary; A.B., 1973
  • College of William & Mary School of Law; J.D., 1976

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