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Bernard John-Eduard Van Gils

Business Attorney at Vint Hill Farms, VA

5.0   9 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    Bernard (Bert) van Gils has nearly thirty years of experience providing comprehensive business services to a wide variety of businesses on a broad range of issues from initial startup and organization to guiding a business through complex transactions domestically and overseas. Clients are impressed by his responsiveness and understanding of the unique issues facing them. His goal is to develop long, stable relationships with each client. His advice is practical and solution-oriented.

    35 years

  2. Estate planning
    Bert van Gils provides personal, empathetic and foresightful estate planning to help assure that family property is passed to the intended recipients and protected from lawsuits and taxation.

    31 years

  3. Intellectual property
    The protection of trade secrets, proprietary information, trademarks and copyrights are part of the comprehensive services provided to business clients. The adequate protection of this valuable property is critical to the success of every business.

    35 years

  4. International law
    Having close family ties on three continents, Bert van Gils began his legal career in international business. He has more than twenty years of experience advising and representing clients in a variety of international commercial transactions and legal compliance matters including advising U.S. companies entering international markets, assisting overseas businesses with penetrating the U.S. market, and representing foreign and domestic clients before state, federal and foreign offices.

    35 years

Licensed for 35 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 12/27/2022

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Bernard John-Eduard Van Gils
Po Box 86571
Vint Hill Farms, VA, 20187-1371


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Jennifer | January 13, 2020
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Because one day you'll die, THIS is your guy!
No one loves talking about dying, but we'll all do it one day. Bert Van Gils is a truly compassionate, professional (and very patient) attorney. He helped guide me through the entire process of planning a will and all the associate documents (I had no idea there were so many!). I can't imagine having gone through this process with any other attorney. I highly recommend Bert for estate planning and also his other specialties, which I've had the pleasure to use as well.
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Posted by Sue | November 17, 2019
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Professional, Empathetic Lawyer
Kind, Compassionate, Caring & Empathetic… That describes Bert van Gils. Having no previous experience in the legal field, and finding myself in desperate need of an estate attorney, Bert was recommended. He quietly listened to my family dilemma and said "I think you came to me at the right time." That statement couldn't have comforted me more. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the estate planning process and was able to assist in amending a trust and will at a critical time. He provided professional counsel and encouragement to me over the past several years in some painful family estate issues. He was always accessible and personal and makes you feel like you are his only client. I personally want to "thank you" Bert, for the professional and exemplary service you have and still are providing. I highly recommend Bert for estate planning needs.
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Posted by Dawn | March 29, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer for Business and Personal Needs
We have worked for Bert for close to 20 years now for both of our businesses and for personal needs. Bert has sent up LLC's for us, he has worked with us on setting up a local nonprofit organization and Bert has helped us with a will and estate planning. Bert is professional and we would without a doubt recommend him (and we have) to any of our friends, family and colleagues.
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Posted by Laura | March 28, 2019
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Wonderful attorney
Mr Van Gils and I have been working together for almost 5 years. During that time Bert has not only been the most professional and personable attorney I have hired, but he has also gone that extra mile to ensure I feel at ease knowing he is working diligently on my case. His fees are extremely reasonable compared to other attorneys. His quality of service is set at a bar higher than any other attorney relationship I have encountered in over 20 years. I want to personally thank Bert and his staff for helping me during many difficult years. You are the reason I haven't given up on lawyers at this point. God bless you in all that comes your way. I wish you much prosperty, health and happiness for being the exceptional human being that you are.
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Posted by Levi | October 11, 2017
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Levi Kunkel
Bert, has been critical in helping our company navigate several legal issues that StartUps face. He has drafted Articles of Organization, Non-disclosure Agreements, and reviewed multiple documents as we interface with clients. Bert, has been key to our success and we look forward to a continued professional relationship.
Posted by Dennis | October 11, 2017
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Great Services and Experience!
Bert is a business-minded, creative, knowledgeable professional that one can always count on. We have used his services on several occasions and have always enjoyed the experience and the outcomes. Great choice for your business, estate planning and intellectual property legal needs!
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
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I currently live in another state, but am originally from Virginia. I had a very complicated case in Virginia involving a multiple parties. Mr. Van Gils worked with me over the phone and resolved the matter (in my favor!) without my ever having to return to Virginia. I highly recommend Mr. Van Gils to anyone. Excellent man.
Posted by Laura | October 5, 2017
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My best experience on very private personal matters
My best experience with an attorney on very private personal matters. Bert took the time necessary to discuss anything and everything. He never rushed me or capitalized on my vulnerable state of mind about issues so near and dear to my heart. An attorney like Bert is rare and I feel confident that his services were and will continue to be of my best interest without making it complicated. He is responsive, professional, personable, wise and above all he cares about his clients.
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Posted by Pat | October 5, 2017
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Great Lawyer
He has worked on a number of contracts and estate planning matters for our family. It really makes you feel like you are the only client he has. Excellent professional excellent person.
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  • Simon Fraser University
  • B.A.
  • N/A
  • Washington College of Law
  • J.D.
  • N/A


  • Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Warrenton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President and Counsel
  • 2009 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

  • Business 100 Class
  • Business Law
  • 2019

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Vint Hill Farms Business Lawyer Bernard John-Eduard Van Gils
Bernard John-Eduard Van Gils
Business Attorney
Vint Hill Farms, VA
Licensed for 35 years