Founded in 1972 by James R. Tate and Douglas E. Bywater, TATE BYWATER has grown from one office in Vienna, Virginia to be one of the top multi-office full-service law firms serving the entire Washington metropolitan area. Our attorneys at law stand willing to assist you in courts throughout Fairfax County and Prince William County in Virginia, as well as other Virginia counties, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1972, we’ve expanded our team and practice areas, yet we’ve maintained our commitment to treating each client with respect and dedication.

TATE BYWATER exists to help you tackle the tough legal issues in your life.  Whether you’re starting a business, purchasing real estate, have suffered a major accident, planning your estate, going through a divorce or custody battle, or have been accused of a crime, our local law firm’s experienced attorneys are ready to advise and help you.  We’re real people, and we solve real problems.  We are lawyers for your life. If you are in need of Prince William County or Fairfax County legal services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

gavelAV® Preeminent™ Rating

TATE BYWATER is Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell® and five 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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