Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C.
Hampton Roads VA Attorneys Sykes, Bourdon
Howard R. Sykes, Jr.
R. Edward Bourdon, Jr.
Jon M. Ahern
Kirk B. Levy
L. Steven Emmert
James T. Cromwell
Michael J. Levy
Jacqueline A. Fink

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Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Development Land Use, Zoning, Condemnation and Related Litigation, Foreclosure, Civil Litigation, Banking, Insurance, Corporations and other business entities, Tax Free Exchanges,  Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy and Landlord Tenant.

Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C. continues to build its reputation as a leading Southeastern Virginia law firm
in all fields of real property law, including residential and commercial transactions, land use, environmental law and foreclosure, as eight attorneys and an experienced paralegal staff anchor this broad "realty" area of practice. Our litigation section includes attorneys specializinginreal estate litigation, plaintiff's injury, civil, commercial and criminal matters, bankruptcy and appellate law. 

Howard R. Sykes, Jr., born Norfolk, Virginia, July 26, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Virginia. Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A., with honors and distinction, 1973); Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary (J.D., 1976; M.L.T., 1983). Phi Sigma Alpha; Omicron Delta Kappa; Omicron Delta Epsilon; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi. Presented seminars and co-authored the written materials for the "Basic Real Estate Law in Virginia", National Business Institute (1990); Co-author of "Boundary Law in Virginia", NBI (1992); presented seminars and co-authored the written materials for the "Keys to Success in Real Estate Transaction in Virginia", NBI (1993); Lecturer, "Basic Real Estate Law", Virginia CLE (1991); Lecturer, "Use of Computers in Real Estate Law", Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, 1990. Member: Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar (Member: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Business Law and Law Practice Management Sections); Member of the Virginia Beach Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Towne Bank, former
Director of The Bank of Tidewater; one of the Founders of Tidewater Home Funding, L.L.C.; Counsel to the Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association; and a member of the Tidewater Builders Association; Hampton
Roads Board of Realtors and the Central Business District. 

Practice Areas:  Real estate law, commercial and residential transactions and settlements, developmwnt law, condominium formation, tax free exchanges and commercial  transactions, trust and estate planning and
administration, wills and trusts and organization of business entities.


R. Edward Bourdon, Jr.
, born Norfolk, Virginia, October 14, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, Virginia; U. S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Education:  James Madison University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1979); Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary (J.D., 1982).  Member:  Mortar Board (Percy H. Warren Chapter); Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Director, Virginia Beach Vision. 

Practice Areas:  Development Land Use, Zoning, Condemnation, Environmental, Corporate and Real Estate Law.

Jon M. Ahern
, born Hartford, Connecticut, December 4, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Virginia; 1979, U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia.  Education:  College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1975); T. C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1978).  Author:  "State of Virginia Prisoners' Rights Manual," State of Virginia for Attorney General's Office (1977).  Member:  Norfolk-Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Virginia Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar. Member of  the  Monarch Bank
Board of Directors. 

Practice Areas:  Commercial  and Residential Real Estate, Foreclosure.

Kirk B. Levy, born Charlottesville, Virginia, November 4, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Virginia; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Education:  Brandeis University (B.A., 1983); T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1986).  Member:  Virginia State Bar. 

Practice Areas:  Civil Litigation, Landlord-Tenant Law, Real Estate.

James T. Cromwell,
born Norfolk, Virginia, October 22, 1964; admitted to bar, 1993, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Education:  Virginia Wesleyan College, Sigma Nu Fraternity (B.A., 1987); Regent University School of Law (J.D., 1993).  Member:  Virginia State Bar, Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations (Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Litigation Sections); Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association; Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and Board of Directors of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Foundation. 

Practice Areas:  Wills, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, Corporate and Business Law, Civil Litigation.

L. Steven Emmert
,  born Elkhart, Indiana, February 22, 1958, admitted to bar, 1982, Virginia; 1983, U.S. District Court and U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.  Education:  Richmond College, University of Richmond (B.A., magna cum laude with departmental honors, 1979); University of Virginia (J.D. 1982).  Phi Beta Kappa.  Assistant, Senior and Deputy City Attorney, City of Virginia Beach, 1990-1999.  Lecturer, “First Amendment Rights of Public Employees”, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, 1996; “Assessment of Business Personal Property After American Woodmark”, Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, 1997; “Telecommunications Law Update”, Virginia Municipal League, 1998.  Member: Virginia Beach Bar Association (Circuit Court Liaison Committee), Virginia State Bar (Boyd-Graves Conference), American Bar Association (Council of Appellate Lawyers), Virginia Trail Lawyers Association (co-chair, Amicus Curiae Committee), Federal Bar Association and Virginia State Bar (chairman, Appellate Practice Subcommittee).  Member of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Rules Advisory Commission.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Appellate Law, and in November 2007 was honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of 15 “Leaders in the Law”.  Reported Cases:  Tidewater Psychiatric Institute, Inc., v. City of Virginia Beach, 256 Va. 136 (1998) (Taxation); City of Virginia Beach v. Giant Shopping Center Co., 255 Va. 467 (1998) (Eminent Domain); City of Virginia Beach v. Bell, 255 Va. 395 (1998) (Inverse Condemnation); City of Virginia Beach Police Department v. Compton-Waldrop, 252 Va. 302 (1996) (Workers’ Comp); City of Virginia Beach v. Flippen, 251 Va. 358 (1996) (Premises Liability); City of Virginia Beach v. ESG Enterprises, 243 Va. 149 (1992) (Taxation); CUNA Mutual Ins. Society v. Lenora Norman, 237 Va. 33 (1989) (Insurance); Keyes v. City of Virginia Beach, 16 Va. App. 198 91993) (Criminal Law); AT&T Wireless PCS v. City Council of Virginia Beach, 155 F.3d 423 (4th  Cir. 1998) (Telecommunications Law); Harris v. City of Virginia Beach, 1997 App. Lexis 6077 (4th Cir. 1997), 1995 U.S. App. Lexis 30912 (4th Cir.) Civil Rights); Clay v. Yates, 1994 U.S. App. Lexis 26793 94th 1994) (Civil Rights); Pasquotank Action Council v. City of Virginia Beach, 909 F. Supp. 376 (E.D. Va. 1995) (Federal Jurisdiction); Keathley v. Vitale, et al 866 F. Supp. 272 (E.D. Va. 1994) (Civil Rights); Williamson v. City of Virginia Beach, 786 F. Supp. 1238 (E.D. Va. 1992) (Civil Rights); Mayfield v. City of Virginia Beach, 780 F. Supp. 1082 (E.D. Va. 1992) (Criminal Forfeiture). Member:  Virginia State Bar (Litigation Sections Appellate Practice Committee); Virginia Beach Bar, the American Trail Lawyers , the Virginia Trail Lawyers and the Federal Bar Associations. 

Maintains a web-site  devoted to appellate law in Virginia at 

Practice Areas:  Civil Rights Litigation; Appellate Practice; Contract and Tort Litigation; Eminent Domain.

Jacqueline Ann Fink
, born Smithtown, New York, December 4, 1979. admitted to the bar of New York State , 2004 and the State of Vriginia, 2006, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2006.  Education:  College of the Holly Cross (B.A. 2001), St. John’s School of Law (J.D. 2004).  Member: Virginia State Bar and New York County Bar Association; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Residential Real Estate Transactions, Civil Litigation, Foreclosure Law and Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights.

Kimberly Elizabeth Hartin
, relocated to Virginia Beach from Northern Virginia, where her practice focused on real estate law, community association law, and creditor’s rights; received her Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University and her Juris Doctor Degree from George Mason University School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the Bar of Virginia; the Bar of the District of Columbia and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; Ms. Hartin is a member of the Virginia State Bar; District of Columbia Bar; and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas Civil litigation; Real estate transactions; Bankruptcy, and Creditor’s rights.


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Bank of Hampton Roads
BECO Construction, Inc.
Caruana Construction
Crestmont Federal Bank
DeFord Companies, Inc.
Director’s Mortgage Corp.
Dragas Companies
The Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation
Drucker and Falk
Equity One, Inc.
Essex Insurance Company
Federal National Mortgage Assoc.
Federal National Mortgage Corp.
Fidelity National Foreclosure & Bankruptcy Solutions
Fidelity Residential Solutions
First American Title Relocation Advantage
First Nationwide Mortgage Corp.
Gateway Bank
Glenwood Community Association
GMAC Mortgage Corp.
Great Atlantic Mangement
Harbor Group Realty
HomeEq Servicing Corporation
Huntington Associates Wilshire Credit Corporation
Knutson Mortgage Corporation

Land America Relocation Title & Closing
Lincoln Service Corporation
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Lynnhaven Fishing Pier, Inc.
M.M. Rollins & Company
Management Investors, Inc.
Mellon Mortgage Company
Mid-Atlantic Naval Federal Credit Union
Nationsbank Home Equity
Navy Federal Credit Union
Norfolk Municipal Employees FCU
Norfolk Naval Supply Center FCU
Ocean Beach Homes, L.L.C.
Ocean Electric Co.
Oxford Home Equity
Pensouth Realty
RBC Centura Bank
Resort Custom Construction, Inc
Ripley Heatwole Company, Inc.
Rose & Womble Realty, Inc.
Ryland Mortgage Corporation
Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc.
Michael D. Sifen, Inc.
Source One Mortgage Corp.
Tidewater Home Funding, L.L.C.
Virginia Beach Municipal Employees FCU
Williams Corporation of Virginia


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