Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©

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August 20, 2018

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers attorneys from across Virginia are included on the 2019 list of The Best Lawyers in America©. 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 37 diverse categories from Intellectual Property Litigation to Health Care Law. Five attorneys have been selected for this list for at least 25 consecutive years: Henry M. Sackett III (36 selections), Robert C. Wood III (36 selections), Talfourd H. Kemper Jr. (32 selections), H. Allen Glover Jr. (25 selections), and Heman A. Marshall III (27 selections). For the first time, attorneys Tim Kelsey and John Byrum are listed as a Best Lawyer. 

The entire Woods Rogers list of Best Lawyers in America for 2019 is:

Roanoke, Va

Thomas R. Bagby (18): Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

D. Stan Barnhill (20): Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Litigation - Construction; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Neil V. Birkhoff (10): Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Victor O. Cardwell (13): Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

Claude D. Carter (13): Real Estate Law

Francis H. Casola (8): Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Real Estate

Agnis C. Chakravorty (13): Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

George J.A. Clemo (11): Administrative / Regulatory Law; Corporate Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Nicholas C. Conte (13): Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law

Bradley W. Fitzgerald (11): Transportation Law

Frank K. Friedman (14): Appellate Practice

H. Allen Glover, Jr. (26): Administrative / Regulatory Law; Energy Law

James W. Jennings, Jr. (24): Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Railroad Law

R. Neal Keesee, Jr. (13): Corporate Law

Talfourd H. Kemper, Sr. (32): Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Trusts and Estates

Alton L. Knighton, Jr. (24): Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law

Mark D. Loftis (14): Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Technology Law

Heman A. Marshall III (28): Antitrust Law; Health Care Law; Litigation - Health Care

Richard C. Maxwell (14): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy

J. Lee E. Osborne (24): Trusts and Estates

Thomas T. Palmer (13): Health Care Law

Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow (7): Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Matthew P. Pritts (10): Railroad Law; Transportation Law

J. Benjamin Rottenborn (1): Litigation - Patent

Alexander I. Saunders (18): Corporate Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Christopher W. Stevens (8): Insurance Law; Litigation - Insurance

Daniel C. Summerlin III (7): Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

King F. Tower (10): Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management

Thomas M. Winn III (14): Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Labor and Employment

Dudley F. Woody (6): Employment Law – Management

Richmond, Va

John K. Byrum, Jr. (1st): Administrative / Regulatory Law

Lynchburg, Va

Bernard C. Baldwin III (13): Corporate Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates

John W. Francisco (6): Litigation - Construction

Henry M. Sackett III (36): Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Darryl D. Whitesell (6): Tax Law

Robert C. Wood III (36): Commercial Litigation

Charlottesville, Va

J. Alden English (3): Real Estate Law

Timothy I. Kelsey (1st): Real Estate Law


Woods Rogers PLC is the 7th largest law firm in Virginia (Source: Virginia Lawyers Weekly), and provides legal solutions in 19 practice areas to businesses and individuals across Virginia, throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and beyond. The firm's offices are located in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond. The firm is a member of the global Interlaw network. For more information, visit