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James R. Tate

Litigation Attorney at Vienna, VA

5.0   2 reviews
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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 26 years
    Virginia - VA 55 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 55 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1968
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    If you need to go to court for any reason, Attorney Tate will be able to be your lawyer during your trial. Trials can be complex and long events, and it's necessary to have a detailed and skilled lawyer on your side.

    55 years

  2. Personal injury
    If you have been injured through no fault of your own and due to someone else's negligence, you will want Attorney Tate's knowledge and passion for making Virginians whole after an accident. Call him today for a free case evaluation, stop worrying.

    55 years

  3. White collar crime
    Representing individuals and businesses being investigated or charged with crimes involving fraud, misrepresentation, and government related offenses.

    55 years


Jim grew up on a small farm near Atlanta, Georgia. As a young man he was active in 4-H and was a National winner in one of his 4-H projects. He received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. Jim and his wife, Sharon, moved to the Washington D.C. area for Jim to attend law school and settled first in Virginia, and later in Maryland. During the Vietnam War, Jim served with the 101st Airborne Division, first as a Chemical Officer, and then in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. He has been a Federal Prosecutor and served in the Virginia Legislature. Jim and his wife are very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They served a mission in the Alabama Birmingham Mission for three years where Jim presided as Mission President.


After Jim and Sharon returned from their mission in Alabama, Jim returned to the practice of law. He is with the Vienna, Virginia, firm of Tate, Bywater, Fuller, Mickelsen & Tull. Jim currently represents the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Faith Leaders’ Group of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Jim and Sharon have two daughters – Virginia Isaacson and Devon Millward. They have five grandchildren. 

Jim is co-author of "I Am Charged With a Crime," available on , published in 2015. 


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating


Tate Bywater Mickelsen & Tull, PLC


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by Linda | July 30, 2015
Knowledgeable, Dependable, Ethical
I have known and worked with James R. Tate since late 2011. He has provided commendable service, honest perspective, and sound legal advice. He has made himself available and responsive to my efforts in reaching out to him. He is astute in his knowledge of the law and cuts no corners in practice of the law.
Posted by Michele | June 4, 2015
I have known Mr. James Tate for 25 years. I can tell you that he is exceptional and rare. I highly recommend Mr. James Tate for a wide range of legal issues. In my opinion, he has consistently shown himself to be ethical, knowledgeable, competent and an extremely skillful attorney. Besides the fact that he is very personable. he is head and shoulders above the rest. I have met and worked with a lot of attorneys in the DC area. He is able to expertly advise his clients and maneuver them through the Court system and trials with ease and trust .Mr. James Tate has my utmost respect and I highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help. You will not be sorry you called him. His staff is also wonderful.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tate, Bywater, Fuller, Mickelsen & Tull
  • 1972 - Present
  • Delegate
  • Virginia House of Delegates
  • 1972 - 1976
  • Federal Prosecutor
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Attorney Staff Judge Advocate, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam
  • United States Army Vietnam
  • 1969 - 1970
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1968
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1965

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States of America v. Mark Capener, U.S.D.C Nevada
  • Not Guilty All Counts


  • Calvert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1970 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1968 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse James
White collar crime Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"A true litigator with the experience and expertise to get results when many would fail. No case is too big or problem too severe. He has done it all."
White collar crime Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim has handled some of the most complex white collar criminal cases with great success. This is especially true in the area of health care fraud cases."
White collar crime Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim is a great lawyer and an even better human being. He is very persuasive in his legal arguments and the force of his warm personality is unmistakable. If I were in any kind of legal jam I would go to Jim first. I highly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim brings worlds of experience and and lifetime of practice to every case. He hits it out of the park with his insights and analysis. Consider your self lucky to have him on your team! He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Communications and media
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Criminal defense

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Vienna Litigation Lawyer James R. Tate
James R. Tate
Litigation Attorney
Vienna, VA
Licensed for 55 years
Free Consultation