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About us

Founded in 1972 by James R. Tate and Douglas E. Bywater, Tate Bywater has grown into one of the top multi-strategy law firms serving the Washington metropolitan area. More than 50 years after the firm’s inception, the scope of our attorneys’ experience is unparalleled. We are proud to say that although our firm has expanded in both size and areas of practice, our commitment to treating each client with respect and dedication has not changed.

Whether you’re starting a business, going through a divorce or custody battle, purchasing real estate, suffering from a major accident, planning your estate, or facing accusation of a crime, our firm’s professionals are here to provide sound legal counsel and guidance. We tackle the tough problems and we don’t shy from our work when things start getting tough. Our highly skilled attorneys are prepared to assist you in courts throughout northern Virginia including but not limited to those in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties, as well as in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

AV® Preeminent™ Rating

TATE BYWATER is Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell® and four of the partners are recognized as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, a significant rating accomplishment – and a testament that the firm’s attorneys are highly respected among their peers.

Lawyers at the firm have also been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

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