King Tower is a member of Woods Rogers’ Appellate, Education, and Labor and Employment practice groups. He assists employers with employment law litigation, labor-management relations, and also offers counsel to businesses on employment-related matters. Best Lawyers in America named King as the 2019 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law-Management.

King regularly counsels and represents colleges and universities throughout Virginia, and leads the efforts of Woods Rogers’ Education team.

King’s experience as a labor and employment attorney includes defending claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VII. He has extensive experience providing strategic guidance to clients on conducting internal audits of corporate compliance, employment policies, and other critical decisions. King also assists federal contractors in preparing affirmative action programs and represents them during government audits. King has served as lead negotiator in collective bargaining and has represented employers in grievance and arbitration proceedings.

King received an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for Employment Litigation and is recognized by Chambers USA- America’s Leading Business Lawyers for Labor and Employment Law. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional programs for organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, and Virginia SHRM.

King serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Roanoke Valley and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Works, of which he is immediate past chair. King is an advisory board member for Roanoke Public Library and is former Legislative Affairs Chair for the Roanoke Valley Society of Human Resources Management. He also serves as an adjunct professor for labor law at Washington & Lee School of Law, and previously taught at William & Mary Law School.

He is a contributing author to The Family and Medical Leave Act treatise, published by BNA (2nd Ed.).

A native of Roanoke, Va., King earned a J.D. from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of the Western District of North Carolina, the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. King is licensed by the Virginia State Bar and the North Carolina State Bar.


American Bar Association— Labor and Employment Section

Roanoke Bar Association

Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resources Management— Former Legislative Affairs Chair

Roanoke Public Library— Advisory Board Member

Virginia Bar Association— Section Council, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section (2015-Present); Chair, Young Lawyers Division (2004)

Virginia State Bar— Litigation Section

Western Virginia Workforce Development Board— Chair


Thought Leadership

Teaching Engagements

Labor & Employment Law Practicum – W&L Law – Fall 2018

Featured Posts

Speaking Engagements

Virginia Bar Association Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law | Hot Issues With the NLRB | September 13, 2019

New River Valley SHRM 2019 Legal Seminar: The Counsel You Keep | 2019 Employment Law Updates | September 19, 2019

Virginia MGMA | HR-Employee Evaluations, Interview Techniques, Hiring the Right Person | September 23, 2019

Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia | Hot Button Legal Issues in HR | May 22, 2019

Virginia College & University HR Professionals | Hot Topics in Employment Law | April 12, 2019

Association of Government Accountants | Federal Employment Laws Every Leader Should Know | April 25, 2019

Virginia SHRM Annual Conference | Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA | April 8, 2019

Virginia Society of CPAs – Roanoke Chapter | Federal Laws Every Leader Should Know | January 24, 2019

5th Annual Shenandoah SHRM Legal Update | Headline News and Updates from the EEOC, DOL, & NLRB + #MeToo | September 19, 2018

CUPA-HR Virginia Chapter Annual Conference | Hot Topics in Employment Law | May 2, 2018

VA State SHRM Annual Meeting | Federal Agency Developments in the New Trump Era: What’s New at the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB | April 23, 2018

Va. Association of Chiefs of Police | Employment Law Update | March 28, 2018

Blue Ridge Human Resources Association | Employment Law Seminar | March 14, 2018


37th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series | September 20, 2018

Key Legal Issues in Higher Education | March 1, 2018


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