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 serves as the Virginia State Chair for ACTEC and is the current 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 Lawyersand is one of Virginia Businessmagazine’s Legal Elite. Locally, the Roanoke Rescue Mission honored Lee with the Volunteer of the Year for Legal Clinicaward. He also holds aMartindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®Peer Reviewrating. 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 Roanoke Bar Association, the Rescue Mission Foundation, Charitable Advisors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Western Virginia Charitable Gift Planners, 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.


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; President (1991-92)

Mill Mountain Theatre—Board of Directors, 2010-present

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of the Blue Ridge—Director, President of Membership (2015-16)

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

Roanoke College Planned Giving Advisory Board

Roanoke Law Foundation 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),  Member (1984-present), Chair (1993-94)

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

Virginia Law Foundation—Fellow

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


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