25 North Central Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401


About Tate

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Tate leads TimberlakeSmith’s Criminal Defense and Traffic practice, advising and representing clients who have been accused of committing a crime or traffic infraction. He is also an expert in Insurance Defense, General Civil Litigation, and Personal Injury law. Since 2001, Tate has had an active practice in all of these areas throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Tate earned a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1997, moving on to complete his J.D. degree at William and Mary Law School in 2000. Tate is a board member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and former chair of their Auto and Transportation Committee.

Tate and his wife, Shannon, live in Staunton with their two sons, Stuart and Duncan. Tate is a proud alum of the College of William and Mary and an ardent fan of their sports teams. He is also active in the Staunton Mennonite Church, and the Valley Mission homeless shelter in Staunton, where he volunteers and serves on the board of directors.


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Staunton, VA
2013 - Present

Black, Noland & Read, PLC
Staunton, VA
2001 - 2013

Flippin, Densmore, Morse and Jessee Roanoke, VA
2000 - 2001


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J.D., William and Mary Law School, 2000
William and Mary Law Review

B.A., College of William and Mary, 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


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Professional Recognitions/Affiliations

Virginia State Bar
Augusta Bar Association
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

  • Chair and Vice Chair of Auto & Transportation Section; Board Member; Current Secretary

Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Community/Civic Affiliations

Daily Living Centers, Inc., Board of Directors, 2005 - 2014; President 2006 - 2014
Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, Board Member 2003 - 2006
Church of the Nazarene Teen Bible Quizzing, Virginia Director 2003 - 2008
Valley Mission, Director 2015 - present; Vice President 2016 - 2017; President 2018


“Contributory Negligence Defense in Medical Malpractice Cases: Myth or Reality?”, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, Summer 2016.
“Failure to Diagnose An Incurable Illness: Survival Action or Wrongful Death Claim?”, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, Summer 2015.
“Defending a Punitive Damages Claim on Behalf of an Individual Defendant,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Summer 2014.
“Virginia Needs a Mistake-of-Age Defense for Serious Sex Crimes,” Virginia Trial Lawyer Association’s Journal, Volume 24, November 3, 2013.

Reported Cases:

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Turner, 84 Va. Cir. 406 (2012)