James Tate: Jim has over 40 years of experience practicing law as an attorney. He has focused his practice on white collar crime, civil litigation, and personal injury. Jim has been a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam with the 101 Airborne Division. He has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He has a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating an attorney can obtain.
Douglas Bywater: Having more than 40 years of experience as an attorney at law, Doug has focused on civil litigation, including personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, business litigation and domestic relations. He is also a successful appellate attorney, having received favorable opinions in both federal and state courts of appeals. He has a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating an attorney can obtain.
Gary Fuller: Gary has more than 20 years of experience practicing law. He focuses on litigation and transactional law including: commercial and residential real estate, real estate financing, real estate and business litigation, foreclosure, bankruptcy, corporate law and estate planning. He is managing attorney of EquiTitle, LLC, a full-service real estate settlement group serving VA, DC, and MD. Gary has a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating an attorney can obtain.
Paul Mickelsen: Paul has been practicing law since 2005. His areas of focus are in criminal and traffic defense and civil litigation (domestic relations, personal injury). In his criminal practice, he has experience handling serious felony charges (involving the potential of life imprisonment) and also has ample experience as a traffic lawyer in traffic and criminal misdemeanors, having litigated over 2,500 cases. He has a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating an attorney can obtain.
Travis Tull: Travis has more than 13 years of experience practicing law. His primary area of focus is as a criminal defense lawyer. Travis routinely represents individuals charged with the most serious of felony offenses (i.e., rape, murder, burglary, distribution of narcotics). Travis also litigates cases dealing with most areas of civil litigation, and also instructs other attorneys in Continuing Legal Education courses. He has a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating an attorney can obtain.
Megan Taylor: Megan joined TATE BYWATER as an associate in February 2014. Her practice is centered on family law matters, including divorce, property division, custody, support and visitation, and adoption. She rounds out her experience with criminal representation and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and Fairfax Bar Association. At the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, Megan was named a Dean’s Fellow.
Kathryn Bigus: Kathryn (Kate) has been practicing law since 2003 and is currently “Of Counsel” with the firm. She has focused her practice on domestic relations, estate planning and estate administration. In 2005, she completed training in collaborative law practice and prior to becoming Of Counsel in 2008 she served as a partner at Tate, Bywater & Fuller PLC. She has also handled appeals before the Virginia Court of Appeals. Kate is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.
Matthew Kennedy: Matthew joined the firm as a law clerk in 2015 and as an associate attorney in April 2016. His practice is centered in immigration, domestic relations, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Previous to joining the firm, at Catholic Charities Community Services, Matthew conducted legal research and assisted clients that were subject to deportation proceedings. In 2013 Matthew was an intern for the Honorable Justice Parrish on the Utah Supreme Court.
Caitlin Higgins: Caitlin joined the firm as an associate in 2017 after practicing law for several years in Northern Virginia. She focuses her practice on family law, personal injury, estate planning, and civil litigation. Caitlin was selected as one of the “10 Best Family Law Attorneys in Virginia for Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.
Areas and jurisdictions of practice include: Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Calvert County, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, District of Columbia, Dulles, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, McLean, Montgomery County, Oakton, Prince George’s County, Prince William County, Reston, South Riding, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Vienna, and Woodbridge.