News Release: 8/15/2019

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers attorneys from across Virginia are included on the 2020 list of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 31 in the Roanoke office.

Best Lawyers® announces its annual list after conducting thorough research surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their peers. Recognition in Best Lawyers is considered a significant honor by both legal professionals and their clients.

This year, more than half of Woods Rogers’ principals and of-counsel attorneys are ranked in 36 categories from Labor and Employment Litigation to Trade Secrets Law. Seventeen attorneys have been selected for this list for at least 25 years. Attorneys Beth Burgin Waller (Commercial Litigation), Joshua Long (Litigation – Intellectual Property), and Michael Hertz (Trade Secrets Law) have been named as a Best Lawyer for the first time. Milestones of being listed for five or more years are listed in brackets beside attorney names.

The Woods Rogers list of Best Lawyers in America for Roanoke is:

Thomas R. Bagby (2001) [20]     
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

D. Stan Barnhill (1999) [20]        
Commercial Litigation    
Construction Law            
Litigation – Construction              
Litigation - First Amendment     
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Neil V. Birkhoff (2009) [10]         
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Victor O. Cardwell (2006) [15]
Employment Law – Management            
Labor Law – Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Claude D. Carter (2006) [15]
Real Estate Law

Francis H. Casola (2011) [10]
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Real Estate

Agnis C. Chakravorty (2006) [15]
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

George J.A. Clemo (2008) [10]
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Corporate Law
Project Finance Law
Public Finance Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Nicholas C. Conte (2006) [15]
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law

Frank K. Friedman (2005) [15]
Appellate Practice

Michael J. Hertz (*)
Trade Secrets Law

James W. Jennings Jr. (1995) [25]
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Railroad Law

R. Neal Keesee Jr. (2006) [15]
Corporate Law

Talfourd H. Kemper, Sr. (1987) [30]
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts and Estates

Alton L. Knighton Jr. (1995) [25]
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Project Finance Law
Public Finance Law

Mark D. Loftis (2005) [15]
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Technology Law

Josh Long (*)
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Heman A. Marshall III (1991) [30]
Antitrust Law
Health Care Law
Litigation - Health Care

Richard C. Maxwell (2005) [15]
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy

J. Lee E. Osborne (1995) [25]
Trusts and Estates

Thomas T. Palmer (2006) [15]
Health Care Law

Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow (2012) [5]
Health Care Law
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Matthew P. Pritts (2009) [10]
Railroad Law
Transportation Law

J. Benjamin Rottenborn (2018)
Litigation - Patent

Alexander I. Saunders (2001) [20]
Corporate Law
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Christopher W. Stevens (2011) [10]
Insurance Law
Litigation - Insurance

Daniel C. Summerlin III (2012) [5]
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

King F. Tower (2009) [10]
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management

Elizabeth Burgin Waller (*)
Commercial Litigation

Thomas M. Winn III (2005) [15]
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Dudley F. Woody (2013) [5]
Employment Law - Management