Deborah Miller Tate

Top rated Family Law attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

McIntyre Tate LLP
Deborah Miller Tate
McIntyre Tate LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 1982

Education: New England Law | Boston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

McIntyre Tate LLP

50 Park Row West
Suite 109
Providence, RI 02903 Visit website


Deborah Miller Tate, an attorney at McIntyre Tate LLP, focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters. Working out of the firm's offices in Providence, Rhode Island, her primary emphasis is on divorce and its related legal issues, and in that regard, she provides representation to clients throughout the state whose marriages are coming to an end. Ms. Tate helps people resolve matters such as child custody and visitation, the division of complex assets and debts, and spousal and child support.

In addition to her matrimonial practice, Ms. Tate prepares and reviews prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. Her experience also includes grandparents’ visitation rights and the representation of victims of domestic violence who are seeking protective orders. The quality of her work when handling what are often emotional and stressful matters has led to her AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Ms. Tate has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2007.

Majoring in accounting, Ms. Tate attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1977. She then enrolled at what was then known as New England School of Law, and she was awarded her law degree in 1981. Ms. Tate also holds an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law, having obtained that in 1985. Admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Ms. Tate is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a member of several other professional organizations and co-author of "A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island."

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 1982 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Panel, Past Chair, 1995 - 1999
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003 - Present
  • President - Northeast States Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
  • Rhode Island, 1982
  • Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court, Master, 1995 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Vice President/Fellow, 1995 - Present
  • Appointment to the Rhode island Board of Bar Examiners, 2013
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, President, 1999 - 2000
  • Florida, 1987
  • Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure & Discipline, Past Member, 1995 - 2001
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Rhode Island Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • President, Rhode Island Bar Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present
  • First female from Rhode Island and only one of six attorneys to be elected and designated a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
  • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in New England
  • Top 50 Best Lawyers in RI, One of Four Best Divorce and Family Lawyers, RI Magazine
  • AV - Preeminent Attorney - Martindale-Hubbell 2013. Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Distinguished Service Award - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2000 - Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990 - Present
  • Diplomat, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Reporter, Family Law Quarterly Law in 50 States, American Bar Association
  • Co-Editor of A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, 2009
  • American Bar Association Family Advocate, American Journal of Family Law
  • Continuing Legal Education - Family Law, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Training New Lawyers
  • Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Law Education Institute
Educational Background:
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, LL.M., Major: Taxation, 1985
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Accounting, 1977
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Walked the Boston Marathon for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund walk, 2009

Office location for Deborah Miller Tate

50 Park Row West
Suite 109
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-351-7700

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