Richard O. Gates, Attorney Chesterfield, VA

Richard O. Gates, Attorney Chesterfield VA

Richard O. Gates has over 35 years of extensive legal experience. Having spent the early part of his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in both the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County, and going on to serve as a Bankruptcy Trustee for approximately a decade, and as a Commissioner in Chancery for Chesterfield County for 30 years, he is extremely knowledgeable in a wide variety of legal matters

Richard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, completing a tour in Nuremburg Germany and Vietnam, before being honorably discharged in 1969. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his J.D from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond. Richard was admitted to the Virginia State Bar on January 30, 1974.

After his years as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Mr. Gates began his private practice in the summer of 1980. The grandson of the former Chesterfield County Sheriff, O.B. Gates, and nephew of Judge Ernest P. Gates, as well as a grandchild of the well-known Chesterfield Cogbill family who have been active in Chesterfield County legal circles for over 150 years, Richard chose to establish his practice in the county of Chesterfield where his family history is deeply rooted. Since the beginning of his private practice, he has expanded to serve a number of surrounding counties including Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Amelia, Powhatan, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Prince Edward and others. He also operates a satellite office located in the Amelia Courthouse area and opened a second satellite office in Historic Petersburg in 2011.

Areas of Practice

Criminal and Traffic Defense

Consumer Bankruptcy

Personal Injury


General Practice


University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, 1974, Juris Doctor

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1971, Bachelor of Science, Economics

Bar Admissions and Memberships

Virginia State Bar Association, 1974

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Bar Association

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (


Criminal Defense

Traffic Defense

Personal Injury




Partition Suits

trCivil Right Restoration