Business and Corporate Law Attorney

Ronald M. Gates has practiced in all phases of business and corporate law involving public and private companies. He assists clients regularly in business formation, choice of entity, asset protection, business expansion, exit and succession planning, purchase and sale of businesses, employment, leases, shareholder and non-compete agreements, and contract negotiation and drafting. He has served as general counsel to public and private companies and financial institutions and as lead counsel in numerous mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings and franchise registrations. He has been listed in Virginia’s “Legal Elite“, “Virginia Super Lawyer” and in the registry of business and professional leaders in the area of business law in “Who’s Who Worldwide.”

Bar Admissions

  • 1969 Bar of Virginia
  • 1969 Virginia Supreme Court
  • 1973 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1976 U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • 1976 U.S. Supreme Court


Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
JD - Juris Doctor - 1969
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 1966

Career Highlights

  • Recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Business Law)
  • Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyer Magazine and Richmond Magazine as a “Virginia Super Lawyer”
  • AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in the “Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers”
  • Recognized in the Registry of Business and Professional Leaders in the area of Business Law in Who’s Who Worldwide
  • Graduated Cum Laude at W & L Law School
  • Graduated with Distinction at Naval Justice School
  • Received Distinguished President Award from Kiwanis International
  • Received Distinguished Lieutenant Governor Award from Kiwanis International


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