Mary Lynn Tate, The Tate Law Firm / Abingdon
Mary Lynn Tate, author of Chapter 1, practices civil litigation in Abingdon, Virginia in the areas of plaintiff’s medical negligence, products liability, and personal injury. She also does labor and employment and commercial litigation. Ms. Tate is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a designation 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. She is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Federal Judicial Conference and a member of the Virginia Boyd-Graves Conference. Ms. Tate serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She is Co-Director of the University of Virginia College of Trial Advocacy and is the recipient of the Brennan Award from UVA honoring lawyers who participate in the education of lawyers. Ms. Tate has served on Virginia’s Professionalism Faculty and is on the faculty of the National College of Advocacy. She is on the Board of Trustees and Faculty of the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy at William and Mary. She has spoken at numerous national programs, including the NCA’s Medical Skills College and Professional Education Systems’ “Absolute Litigators” annual seminars in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Ms. Tate has been a guest speaker and writer for numerous state trial lawyer programs, including programs in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Iowa, West Virginia, New Jersey, Oregon, North Carolina, and Washington. One of her cases is featured on the audio recording “Million Dollar Verdicts,” produced by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a chapter author of ATLA’s Litigating Tort Cases. In 1990, Ms. Tate became the first woman in a five-state area to become board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, although Virginia does not have such a certification program. Ms. Tate has served on arbitration and grievance panels for labor and business.