About Our Virginia Law Practice
Founded in 1977, CowanGates uniquely combines friendly, personalized legal support with the expertise of a large, full-service law firm. Our clients are diverse, ranging from individuals, neighbors, families and friends, to major corporations, mid-size and small businesses. But no matter the client or the case, our goal remains the same: to deliver prompt, personal and professional service that is held to the CowanGates Standard of Excellence.
Our Midlothian, Virginia law office is dedicated to securing justice and favorable outcomes on behalf of clients in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Services include:
- Personal injury compensation for those hurt in car and truck accidents, slip-and-falls, and other mishaps
- Assisting people through some of the most difficult times of their lives with our family law and criminal defense practices
- Guiding families through estate planning and elder law
- Advising businesses of all sizes on the intricate matters of business and corporate law
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CowanGates Cares: Helping Our Friends and Neighbors
We strive to serve not only the legal and business interests of our community, but the charitable and civic areas, as well. Many of our clients are also our friends and neighbors. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to contribute our time and resources to community organizations. You can learn more about the organizations we support on CowanGates Cares.
Congratulations to our attorneys who were selected for inclusion in 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers:
F. Neil Cowan, Jr.
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff (2012-2019)
Family Law (2015-2019)
Estate Planning/Probate (2018-2019)
We are pleased to announce CowanGates has been ranked in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings from U.S. News & World Report, achieving a metro/regional Tier 2 ranking in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
The CowanGates law firm has been named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list since 2013, achieving a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff.
Neil Cowan, Jr. been selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He was also selected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Ernest P. “Rusty” Gates, Jr. was named one of the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 (2016-2017) and was recognized by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the state of Virginia. He is also one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Congratulations to Melanie Friend for being named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” Lawyers for 2016 and Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite (Family Law) 2013 – 2016. Melanie was also named President of the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association for the 2015-2016 bar year, was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2014), and has been selected for inclusion in the list of Virginia Super Lawyers (2015-2017). Melanie has also been selected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent – Family Law.
CITED CASE RESULTS ARE DEPENDENT UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PAST SUCCESSFUL CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT FUTURE RESULTS.