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Mary Lynne Tate


The Tate Law Firm
110 Abingdon Place
Abingdon, Virginia 24211

Mary Lynn Tate is the principal of The Tate Law Firm and practices civil litigation from offices located in Abingdon , Virginia in the areas of plaintiff's medical negligence, products liability, personal injury and business disputes. She also does labor, employment and commercial litigation. Ms. Tate is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), an honor bestowed on selected trial lawyers numbering no more than 500 within the United States. She is a former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Federal Judicial Conference. Ms. Tate is on the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and has served four terms on ATLA's Executive Committee. She is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and carries an A rating in Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory, a national peer reviewed rating system. She serves on the Character and Fitness Committee, a Bar admissions hearing committee for the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Tate was named a Virginia Superlawyer and Virginia's Top 25 Women by Law and Politics magazine in July 2006. In April 2006 she received VTLA's highest honor, The Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Tate is co-director of the University of Virginia National College of Trial Advocacy and the recipient of the Brennan Award from UVA honoring lawyers who participate in the education of lawyers. Ms. Tate is on the faculty of the Virginia College of Advocacy at the William and Mary Law School and has served on Virginia's Professionalism Faculty and the faculty of the National College of Advocacy (NCA). She has spoken at numerous national programs, including the NCA's Medical Skills College and Absolute Litigators' seminars in Las Vegas, Boston, Nashville, and San Francisco, among others. Ms. Tate has been a guest speaker in more than 20 states and national lawyer programs including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, California, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana, Iowa and Oregon.

Ms. Tate is a published chapter author, Planning Discovery , Civil Discovery in Virginia , 1999. She has also written a book chapter, The Complaint , in a major work, Litigating Tort Cases, published by West and ATLA Press. She is a former Chair of ATLA's Small Firm & Solo Practice Section. Ms. Tate has also served on arbitration and grievance panels for labor and business.

Ms. Tate is a 1976 graduate of the University of Richmond Law School. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in two majors, Speech Communication and Political Science, from the University of Richmond in 1973. She graduated from The Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia in its Inaugural Class in 1994.