Richard J. Tappan

Richard Tappan

A native of the D.C. area, Mr. Tappan is an experienced and wellregarded trusts and estates attorney with years of experience spanning dozens of cases. Mr. Tappan has additionally served as a member of the Probate Fiduciary Panel since 2007 and has acted as Guardian and Conservator for multiple wards in the District. Mr. Tappan also has many years of experience in civil litigation, family law, probate, and trusts and estates law, and serves many D.C. charities by advocating for the homeless populations. 

Mr. Tappan received his Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law in 2005. Prior to that, he received his Bachelors of Science in Business.

Mr. Tappan has earned a reputation as a dogged advocate and consummate professional within the courts and with his wards. He is well known as an outspoken voice for the reform and improvement of the Probate system, a trait which has gained him the respect of colleagues, judges, and service providers. Mr. Tappan gives generously of his time on Officer of the Estates, Trusts, and Probate Steering Committee and works tirelessly within the office on behalf of his wards and clients.  

When not in the office, Mr. Tappan enjoys hiking and spending time with his two amazing daughters. 


Name: Richard J. Tappan 

Title: Of Counsel

Law School: George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 

College: Strayer University, B.S., Business, Summa cum laude 

Affiliations: D.C. Superior Court Probate Division Fiduciary PanelMember; Estates, Trusts, and Probate Steering CommitteeSecretary 

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“Nothing but great things to say about Richard…Very professional and incredibly knowledgeable…Highly recommended!”

Vienna, VA

“Richard Tappan is one of the finest attorneys that you could have represent you…He went the extra mile and you can be assured this is just who he is…someone that will not let you down even though you are facing very difficult circumstances.”

Vienna, VA

“Rich Tappan is a compassionate and dynamic litigator. He has excellent trial advocacy skills and I could not imagine having anyone else representing me. He cares about his clients and you will realize that as soon as you sit down with him to discuss your case. He is genuine and always provides good advice.”