Matthew C. Sunderlin

Attorney At Law

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Matthew C. Sunderlin
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Joined the Firm in 1999



  • Juris Doctor, Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1995
  • Baccalaureate in History, Hampden–Sydney College, Hampden–Sydney, Virginia, 1989


  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1995
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1997
  • United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, 1997


  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, since 2003
  • Certified Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults by the Virginia Supreme Court, since 2003


  • Assistant Commissioner of Accounts, Circuit Court of Rockingham County, since 2021


  • “AV” Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™
  • Best Lawyers in America©, 30th edition, for his work in Elder Law, 2023
  • Virginia Super Lawyers magazine© in Elder Law, 2008-2009 and 2012-2023
  • Legal Elite in Elder Law, Virginia Business© magazine, 2020



Current Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, since 1995
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, since 1998
  • Member, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association, since 1999
  • Member, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, since 2005

Current Community Activities

  • Member, Local Advisory Board, Truist Financial, since 2019
  • Member, Board of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Foundation, since 2019
  • Member, Advisory Board, RMH Foundation, Inc., since 2021
  • Member, Rotary Club of Harrisonburg, since 2000
  • Member, Fort Harrison Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, since 2006

Past Community Activities

  • Chairman (2020-2023), Board Member (2015-2023), Central and Western Virginia Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Member (2006-2009 and 2020-2022), Board of Directors, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Chairman (2018-2021), Vice-Chairman (2017–2018), Board Member (2013-2021), Blue Ridge Community College Board – Representative of Rockingham County appointed by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors.
  • Instructor (2014, 2019), James Madison University Life Long Learning Institute
  • Assistant District Governor (2013–2017), Area 3, District 7570, Rotary International
  • President (2009-2010), Board Member (2006-2010), Rotary Club of Harrisonburg
  • President (2012–2015), Board Member (2007-2015), Autumn Valley Guardianship, a Public Guardianship program
  • Member (2009–2014), Harrisonburg Council, Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Member (2005–2011), Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
  • Member (2004-2010), Board of Directors, Commonwealth Community Trust
  • Member (2014-2020), Planned Giving Committee, RMH Foundation, Inc.
  • President (2007–2009) and Board Member (2002–2009), The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham
  • President (2008–2009) and Board Member (2003–2009), The ElderAlliance, Inc.

Past Professional Affiliations

  • Lecturer and contributing author, Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting, 2019.
  • Lecturer and contributing author, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2007, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2021.
  • President (2014-2015), President-Elect (2013-2014), Treasurer (2011-2012), Harrisonburg–Rockingham Bar Association.
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham, Class of 2001
  • Representative from the Harrisonburg–Rockingham County Bar Association, Conference of Local Bar Associations, Virginia State Bar, 2003–2006.

Practice Areas

  • Planning of taxable and non-taxable estates;
  • Drafting Last Will and Testaments and trusts (revocable, irrevocable, charitable, asset protection, life insurance and testamentary);
  • Fiduciary services – acting as executor, trustee, and attorney-in-fact for clients;
  • Representation of fiduciaries and personal representatives: executors, administrators, trustees, health care agents, and attorneys-in-fact;
  • Trust and estate administration and probate;
  • Incapacity planning: drafting financial powers of attorneys and Advance Medical Directives (health care powers of attorney and end of life decision making);
  • Taxation issues: gift, estate, and fiduciary income taxes;
  • Public benefits planning with regard to long term care: Medicaid and Medicare;
  • Petitions for and defense of adult guardianships and conservatorships;
  • Contested estate and trust disputes;
  • Accepts appointment as guardian ad litem in guardianship and conservatorship petitions; and,
  • Appeared before all Commissioner of Accounts’ Offices and in all Circuit Courts in the Shenandoah Valley from Frederick County in the north and south to Rockbridge County.

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