Darryl Whitesell provides legal counsel to individuals and companies in matters related to business, corporate, health care, intellectual property, wills and trusts, and taxation law. His experience as a certified public accountant makes him uniquely qualified to understand the business, tax, and financial needs of the firm’s clients.

Darryl’s business clients encompass a wide range of industries and specialties, including construction, agriculture and timber, health care, real estate, retail, technology, transportation, insurance, wholesale supply, financial institutions, professional entities, and tax-exempt/nonprofits. He has a depth of experience in the documentation, structuring, and negotiation of business formations; employee benefit and retirement plans; mergers and acquisitions; loan and financing transactions; contracting issues; and shareholder disputes.

Darryl represents individuals in complex estate and trust matters, business and wealth succession planning, tax planning, and the administration and settlement of estates and trusts.

He has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in the areas of taxes, estates, trusts, and elder law. He is also recognized as a Super CPA by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has also been named by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in tax law. He holds a Notable® Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Darryl is also ranked as a Top Lawyer by Lynchburg Business magazine. Darryl’s background includes teaching business law as an adjunct faculty member at Lynchburg College’s School of Business and teaching tax matters as a guest lecturer at Liberty University’s School of Business.

Darryl joined Lynchburg’s Edmunds & Williams law firm in 1997.  He is now a member of the Woods Rogers’ team of attorneys following the merger of the two firms in October 2016.

Darryl lives in Campbell County with his wife, Kristi, and their four children. His interests include American history, hunting and fishing, kayaking, gardening and landscaping, reading, and baseball.

Affiliations

Lynchburg Bar Association

Moore & Giles, Inc.—Board of Directors

Virginia Bar Association

Campbell County, Virginia Industrial Development Authority, Past Board Member

Lynchburg College School of Business—Former adjunct faculty member

Lynchburg Estate Planning Council—Past President and past member of the Board of Directors

Meals on Wheels, Lynchburg—Past member of the Board of Directors

Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation— Past member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Treasurer

The Pettyjohn Company—Past member of the Board of Directors

Williams Home—Past member of the Board of Directors

Thought Leadership

Co-Author, “Capitalizing and Depreciating Cyclical Aircraft Maintenance Costs:  More Trouble Than It’s       Worth?”  17 Virginia Tax Review 161, Summer 1997.

Co-Author, “Restating Capitalization Standards and Rules:  The Case for Rough Justice Regulations (Part One),” 23 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 631 (1997) and (Part 2) 23 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 1483 (1997).

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