Founding Partner

Having more than 40 years of experience practicing 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.

Beyond the law, Doug is involved with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served on a two-year mission for his church in the past, in addition to being active with youth groups while coaching baseball and basketball for ages thirteen through eighteen. Doug also instructs young men from the Boy Scouts up through the Explorers. He married Virginia Lundgren in 1967 and they have four children and fourteen grandchildren. Douglas Bywater, your experienced Vienna attorney, makes up a core portion of the fabric of our local law firm.

Areas Of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Domestic Relations



  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Notable Cases

United States v Lansdown, a decision allowing interlocutory appeals in federal criminal cases and a finding of no manifest necessity to discharge a jury.
McCargo v Hedrickinvalidated the pretrial proceedings of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia as being inconsistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Winn v Aleda Construction Co., Inc., in which the court declared that a contract  between the parties is the law of the case unless it is repugnant to some rule of law or public policy.


George Washington University
Juris Doctor
University of Utah
Bachelor of Science (Economics)

Contact for Consultation


Dear Mr. Bywater,
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David H.
Falls Church, VA