Lee Osborne focuses his practice on estate planning and trusts and estates administration, which often involves taxation and business planning and related transactions.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which recognizes individual attorneys for distinguished contributions to the practice of estate planning, probate, and trust law. He served as the Virginia State Chair for ACTEC and is a past president of the Roanoke Bar Association.

Lee served for six years as an adjunct professor at the Washington and Lee School of Law where he taught Wealth Transfer Planning. He has presented continuing legal education programs on numerous subjects, including ethics, trust planning, and recent developments in trusts and estates law.

Lee is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, including being named Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates in 2013. He is among the Virginia Super Lawyers and is one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite. Locally, the Roanoke Rescue Mission honored Lee with the Volunteer of the Year for Legal Clinic award. He also holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review rating. In 2019, Lee was named to the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his commitment to his profession and his community.

Lee is an active volunteer and serves on the boards of the Rescue Mission Foundation, Charitable Advisors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Garth Newel Music Center, the Virginia Law Foundation, the Virginia College Fund, and Mill Mountain Theatre. He is a member of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (Chair 1995-99), the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (Chair 1995-99), and the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission.

Prior to joining Woods Rogers, he was president of Carter & Osborne P.C.

Affiliations

American Bar Foundation
Fellow (2020)

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Fellow (1994—present); Virginia State Chair (2013-18)

Boyd Graves Conference
(1993-present)

Charitable Advisors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Virginia Law Foundation
Member (1995-2005)

Ferrum College Estate Planning Council

Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
1983-present; Board Member and General Counsel; President (1991-92)

Mill Mountain Theatre
Board of Directors, 2010-present

Roanoke Bar Association
President (2019); Director (2013-17)

Roanoke College Planned Giving Advisory Board

Roanoke Law Foundation
Chair (2019-2020); Board member (2016-present); Fellow, Class of 2014

Roanoke Rescue Mission Foundation
1991-present; President (2010-14)

Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council
President (2014-15)

Virginia Bar Association
Board of Governors (2005-08); Wills, Trusts and Estates Section and Legislative Committee, Member (1984—present) and Chair (1993-94)

Virginia College Fund
Board member (2015-present)

Virginia State Bar
Taxation Section, Chair (1993-94); Trusts and Estates Section, Chair (1995-96)

Virginia Law Foundation
Fellow (2013)

Western Virginia Charitable Gift Planners
Director; President (2015-17)

Speaking Engagements

Virginia CLE / Virginia Law Foundation - 39th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Administration Seminar | Ethical Issues in Forming and Representing Business Entities | April 28, 2018

52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning | Ethical Issues in Advising Clients on Planning for, Creating, Operating, Transferring Control and Ownership of, and the Dissolution of Closely-Held Businesses | January 25, 2018

Recognition

Eighteen Woods Rogers Attorneys Selected as 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers | April 15, 2020

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2020 | August 16, 2019

Lee Osborne Named to Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame | April 17, 2019

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers | April 11, 2019

Lee Osborne Joins Virginia Law Foundation Board | February 14, 2019

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2018

Lee Osborne named President of the Roanoke Bar Association (RBA) | July 24, 2018

Twenty-three Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 20, 2018

Thirty-six Woods Rogers Attorneys Are Recognized by Best Lawyers in America | August 15, 2017

Twenty-one Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | May 1, 2017

Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2017 The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2016

Woods Rogers’ Lee Osborne Serves Roanoke Bar Association | June 28, 2016

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 7, 2016

Twenty-Two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 9, 2015

Thirty-four Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America | August 22, 2014

20 Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars | July 10, 2014

Osborne Named Legal Clinic Volunteer of the Year | March 7, 2014

33 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2014 | August 15, 2013

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