Craig A. Kawamoto

Founding Shareholder


It is with heavy hearts that the attorneys and staff at Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers share the following:

Craig Akio Kawamoto passed away on Tuesday May 29th, 2018 surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends. Born in Berkley, California on March 11, 1949, and brought up in Springfield, Virginia, his memory will be cherished by his parents Yukio and Sayoko Kawamoto; his devoted wife Cindy; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Kelby Kawamoto, and his daughter and son-in-law, Dru and Jon Gokey. Loving grandfather of three grandsons, Hardin and Brecken Kawamoto and Lucas Gokey. Craig is also survived by his sister Sherin Ferguson (Allen), brothers Don (Margaret) and Brian (Robin); in-laws Jean Ankney (Rick), Jay Berry (Patti), and Elizabeth Cross (David), and many nieces and nephews.

Craig was a 1967 graduate of Lee High School, a 1971 graduate of The University of Virginia and a 1975 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. He practiced in Fairfax County for over 40 years primarily as a real estate transactional attorney and as bank counsel in commercial real estate transactions. He was a partner at PesnerKawamoto in Tysons Corner since 2000 and previously at Ragland & Kawamoto in Falls Church.

Craig was a devoted family man and was kind, funny, loyal, and humble. He had a passion for playing with his grandkids, fishing, movies, and all Washington sports teams.

Memorial contributions may be made in Craig’s memory to:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: or
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation:

Emphasizes residential and commercial real estate transactions, 1031 exchanges, lender representation, wills and estates.


  • University of Virginia (B.A. 1971)
  • Wake Forest University (J.D., 1975)


  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1976


  • Fairfax Bar Association (Member, Real Property Section, Member, Fee Arbitration Committee 1983-1985)
  • Virginia State Bar (Member, Real Property Section)
  • American (Member, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section)
  • Virginia State Bar (Member, 4th District Committee 1993-1999)

Reported Cases

  • God v. Hurt, 218 Va. 909


After receiving his juris doctor in 1975 from Wake Forest University School of Law, Craig A. Kawamoto returned to Northern Virginia. Craig grew up in Northern Virginia, graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, took his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and then unto Wake Forest for his J.D.

Mr. Kawamoto started in the practice of law with a general practice firm in Falls Church, Virginia. He was engaged in all facets of a general practice, but became particularly interested in real property law. His firm represented several residential developers and had an active settlement/closing practice. After honing his skills with that firm, Craig departed to set up his own practice. After a five-year stint as a solo practitioner, Craig merged his practice with another firm in Falls Church, where he remained a partner for fifteen years. Craig’s practice as it is today emphasizes residential and commercial real estate transactions and lender representation. Mr. Kawamoto merged his practice with Ms. Pesner’s firm on January 1, 2000.