History

History of Wolcott Rivers Gates

Historians have traced the Wolcott family lineage back to 1382, but our firm’s story starts with the branch of the family that immigrated to America in 1630. Since the Wolcott family’s arrival, its members have fought in nearly every American war, including the Colonial War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World Wars I & II. Oliver Wolcott even served as governor of Connecticut and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Two Wolcott descendants, brothers Edward W. Wolcott and Harry K. Wolcott, founded the family legal practice of Wolcott & Wolcott in Norfolk in 1895. The Wolcott family has continuously practiced law in Hampton Roads for four generations, and through mergers, partnerships and associations with other fine practitioners, established Wolcott Rivers Gates as it exists today.

When it matters most, the people and businesses of Hampton Roads call upon the attorneys at Wolcott Rivers Gates for efficient and innovative legal solutions and assistance to reach their goals. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the practice of law and deep into our Hampton Roads community. Our attorneys and staff currently serve on more than 50 non-profit boards donating our time and energy for a wide array of charitable causes.

At Wolcott Rivers Gates, we are proud of our 120-year tradition of excellence in representing the legal interests of businesses and individuals throughout Hampton Roads. We look forward to continuing our commitment to our clients for many years to come. From the board room to the court room, your success is our mission.