"Tom did a great job for our church but more importantly is a wonderful person and his compassion and desire to have empathy with our situation was obvious to everyone who worked with Tom."
-Pastor Kevin Creasman, Yellow River Baptist Church

Tom leads the Litigation Group of Andersen, Tate & Carr. Tom has a sophisticated commercial litigation practice focused primarily in the areas of eminent domain, zoning, intellectual property, health care, contracts and other business litigation. Tom’s very active litigation practice includes conducting jury and bench trials and arguing before appellate and trial courts on a regular basis. He has been lead counsel for landowners in some of the largest jury awards and settlements in condemnation actions in Gwinnett County history, including a $6 million settlement and a verdict for over $9 million in damages. Tom is known by clients and the industry for his integrity and competence.

While in college, Tom was an Academic All American, Captain of the varsity basketball team, and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. In 1988, Tom moved his practice to Gwinnett County to help establish the firm with Tom Andersen and Brad Carr.  He has spoken frequently on legal issues, including continuing legal education seminars and the television show “The Layman’s Lawyer.”  He has served as coach for numerous youth sports teams, and has participated in several events as a member of Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through “endurance” athletic events.

Honors and Awards
  • Master of the Inn, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine 2009-2017
  • Achieved AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics 1989 - Present
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    • Juris Doctor - 1982
  • The George Washington University
    • B.A. - 1979
Classes/Seminars
  • Professionalism Seminars, Georgia Bar Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Leadership Gwinnett Graduate - 1992
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta – Chairman of the Gwinnett Advisory Board - 2011-2013
  • Johns Creek Advantage - Board of Directors – Chair Elect
  • South Gwinnett Rotary Club - Member and Past President
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Member, Team in Training
  • Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services – Executive Committee Member and Past Chairman of the Board

"I have known Mr Tate for more than twenty years both as a friend and as legal counsel for my small business.  He has helped me successfully navigate through many difficult legal obstacles and challenges as i have grown my company into a leader in its industry. He has consistently provided me with sound, sage and unbiased advice while always being extremely reasonable with fees and filings. Most importantly, he is an honest, moral and compassionate adviser/counselor who is unwaveringly zealous in his defense of his client’s best interests. I trust and recommend him without reservation in all legal business matters."

- Todd M. Antin, CEO , PACT ATLANTA LLC 

"Tom did a great job for our church but more importantly is a wonderful person and his compassion and desire to have empathy with our situation was obvious to everyone who worked with Tom."
-Pastor Kevin Creasman, Yellow River Baptist Church