I provide complete and individualized estate planning services, including wills, trusts, business succession planning, and charitable planning. Attorney Sutherland understands that each person and each family have different estate planning needs. Attorney Sutherland uses his extensive knowledge of estate planning vehicles and options to create estate plans that are custom designed for his clients and their families.

I work closely with you and your financial advisors (such as your accountant, life insurance agent, and financial planner) to coordinate your objectives and your assets with your estate plan.

I focus on preparing the right plan for each client and their unique situation.

I have provided individualized estate planning services to clients throughout Virginia, including the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News. My office is conveniently located near the intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Viking Drive.

I have 35 years of experience practicing law. I sometimes teach estate planning to other attorneys for their continuing legal education credits. 

My approach is centered on finding the right solution for each client and their situation. This requires personal attention to the matter throughout the process.

When I’m not busy at the firm, you can often find me at the gym or near the beach. I love the water, and I try to stay as active as possible. I used to be an avid runner and tennis player, but I now enjoy kayaking and bicycling.


Rod writes and presents local and national law seminars concerning estate planning, estate administration, and the relevant tax laws. Those attorneys who attend are interested in this area of the law, and the courses count for the attorneys’ required legal education hours.


  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • United States Tax Court

  • United States Court of Appeals

  • United States District Court


  • Virginia State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section)

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys