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About David Tatge

Phone: 703-991-6087
Fax: 703-639-4487

Attorney David B. Tatge is a leading U.S. expert in factoring law and author of one of the most comprehensive books in print on this subject, world-wide. He founded the law firm of David B. Tatge, PLLC in 2018. The firm practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial law, with particular emphasis on factoring and asset-based finance law; civil litigation; and creditors' rights, including bankruptcy.

David began his legal career over 30 years ago in a respected Washington D.C. commercial law firm, where his practice focused primarily on commercial and bankruptcy litigation and asset-based lending. When the firm dissolved in 1998, he became a member of the firm at the D.C. office of a large AmLaw 200 law firm, where he concentrated his practice in commercial finance, commercial litigation, and creditors' rights, nationwide. He also served as a member of the firm's Finance Committee from 2013-2016.

Prior to beginning his legal career, David was a Certified Public Accountant with an M.S. in Taxation and worked at a number of prestigious public accounting firms, including Price Waterhouse as a Tax Manager, and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He also served as Director of Taxation of a holding company with over $500 million in assets.

David's depth of experience in both law and business finance enable him to effectively represent the interests of factors, lenders and other financiers, corporations, limited liability companies, individuals, and partnerships. His past clients include commercial factors, banks, investment banking groups, technology companies, healthcare systems, and hedge funds, among many others. He has represented clients in a broad range of legal matters including bankruptcy litigation, client fundings, trade finance, asset-based lending, collections, and insolvency. Clients seek David's counsel on an array of legal matters, which include capital formation, insolvency, creditors' rights, corporate law, real estate law, taxation, and mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchases out of bankruptcy, to name just a few.

In addition to being a significant first-chair commercial litigator with decades of experience in state and federal courtrooms, David is sought after as a consultant for his extensive knowledge of factoring law. Together with the London office of a leading international law firm he co-wrote a model factoring law for African nations and, in November, 2017, made presentations on this model law to the Central Bank of Nigeria and to the Banking Committee of the House of Representatives of the Nigerian National Assembly. He has also served as an adjunct professor in bankruptcy law at George Washington University Law School and at George Mason University Law School, where he also taught legal writing.

David is a creative problem-solver and planner with the ability to design and implement innovative legal strategies. A skilled legal writer, David has written two books as lead author as well as many articles, one of which, on pension matters, was cited by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in a reported decision.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. cum laude (1986)
  • American University, M.S. in Taxation (1982); first graduate of the program
  • College of William and Mary, B.S.B.A. (1978); rank in business school 16/151

Federal Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, elected Fellow
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • J. Edgar Murdoch American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (tax law)
  • Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (bankruptcy law)


  • Selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list (2014 to 2018) in the areas of Business Litigation and Bankruptcy: Business, Business/Corporate
  • Consistently rated AV or higher by Martindale-Hubbell since 1997; currently rated AV-Preeminent in the Judicial Edition, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards based upon the confidential opinions of the judiciary and bar
  • Elected Fellow of American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (2012), one of only 250 fellows nationwide

Reported Decisions

  • Ranade v. BT Americas, Inc., C.A. No. 1:12-CV-01039 ,2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155183, (E.D. Va. Oct. 28, 2013), aff’d, , No. 13-2428, 581 Fed. Appx. 182 (4th Cir. Aug. 5, 2014)
  • Heller Healthcare Fin, Inc. v. Columbia Hospital for Women Med. Ctr., Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 21785 (D.D.C. Nov. 1, 2004), as amended Nov. 24, 2004.
  • Tatge v. Chandler (In re Judiciary Tower Assocs.), 175 B.R. 796 (Bankr. D.D.C. 1994)
  • Tatge v. Chandler (In re Judiciary Tower Assocs.), 170 B.R. 8 (Bankr. D.D.C. 1994)
  • In re Grimm, 156 B.R. 958 (E.D. Va. 1993)
  • J.H. Streicker & Co. v. SeSide Co. (In re SeSide Co., Ltd.), 152 B.R. 878 (E.D. Pa. 1993)
  • Reiman v. International Hospitality Group, 614 A.2d 925 (D.C. 1992)
  • Tatge v. American Sec. Bank (In re Forrest Marbury House Assocs. Ltd. P'ship), 137 B.R. 554 (Bankr. D.D.C. 1992)



  • D. Tatge, D. Flaxman, J. Tatge and R. Franklin, AMERICAN FACTORING LAW (Bloomberg/BNA, 2009, 850 pgs.), with 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017 Cum. Supplement (1,000 pgs.). Lead author.
  • D. Tatge, D. Meier and S. Scott, THE CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY TRUSTEE’S MANUAL (John Wiley & Sons, 1993, with 1995 and 1997 Cum. Supp.). Lead author.
  • P. DeVillepin, Ed., FACTORS & ACTORS (Peter Lang, Brussels, June, 2018). Chapter 9 therein by D. Tatge and J. Tatge, pgs. 123-139, titled Early Grown of Factoring in America, 1628 – 1960. Mr. DeVillepin is the head of factoring for Bank Paribas in Paris.


  • D. Tatge and E. Khameni, The Genesis of Afrexim Bank’s Model Law on Factoring (World Factoring Yearbook, BCR Publications, London, June, 2017)
  • D. Tatge and J. Tatge, A Brief Look at Factors Under Early English Commercial Law, 18 The Commercial Factor No. 2, pp. 18-24 (March/April, 2016)
  • D. Tatge and J. Tatge, Fundamentals of Factoring, Practical Law The Journal (September, 2012, pp. 57-65)
  • Moderator, The Brave New World of HMO Insolvencies; New Issues and Trends, an ABI-AHLA teleconference (September, 2003)
  • Tatge and Lynn, Introduction To Collection Law In The District of Columbia, (Lorman Publications Jan. 2003) (manuscript).
  • Triage for Troubled HMOs, 36 Bankruptcy Court Decision’s News & Commentary Nos. 7 and 8 (two part article; July, 2000 on insolvencies of health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Recent Developments Affecting The Eligibility of HMOs To File For Bankruptcy (ABA Section of Bus. Law Spring Meeting 2000)
  • They Can’t Pay The Claim, They Won’t Pay the Claim: Issues for Physicians in HMO, IPA and Other Insolvencies (ABA Health Law Section and American Medical Association Teleconference October, 1999)
  • Emerging Issues in Partnership Liquidations under Chapter 7, 2 Bankruptcy Litigation 30 (October, 1994)
  • Harmonizing Timing Of Recognition Of Income From Cancellation Of Recourse Indebtedness With The Federal Bankruptcy Code, 25 Tax Notes Highlights & Documents 2043 (May 14, 1992)
  • Tatge & Meier, Creditors’ Strategies In Individual Bankruptcy Cases Under Chapter 11, 95 Commercial Law Journal 255 (Fall, 1990)
  • Preparing For Excess Asset Reversions on Termination of Defined Benefit Plans, 63 Journal of Taxation 20 (July, 1985). The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals cited this article in Holland v. Valhi, Inc., 22 F.3d 968 (10th Cir. 1994).
  • Reinsurance Tax Planning Under TEFRA, 59 Journal of Taxation 20 (October, 1983)