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, the North Carolina State Bar, and the West Virginia State Bar.

Thought Leadership

Publications

An Employment Law Guide: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities in Virginia (2021), Co-author

Employment Law in Virginia (2020), Co-author

Teaching Engagements

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

Attorney Perspectives

Speaking Engagements

  • Charlottesville SHRM | Legal Update 2022
    February 8, 2022
  • Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance | Vaccine Mandate Implementation: Details Employers Need to Know
    November 9, 2021
  • Charlottesville SHRM Annual Conference | Make a List and Check it Twice: Legal Update on Virginia’s New Employment Laws
    October 12, 2021
  • VBA 51st Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law | NLRB Update
    October 1, 2021
  • HR Virginia Annual Conference 2021 | Airtight Writing: Protect Your Workplace with Better Job Descriptions
    April 14, 2021
  • HR Virginia Annual Conference 2021 | Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Employees with Competing Interests
    April 11, 2021
  • Virginia CLE | 30th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar 2021
    May 4, 2021
  • Virginia Medical Group Management Association | The Intersection of HIPAA, Patient Privacy, and the Nosy Employee
    March 23, 2021
  • Virginia College and University Professional Association for HR | What’s New in the Biden Administration
    March 9, 2021
  • Charlottesville SHRM | 2021 Legal Update
    February 9, 2021
  • CUPA-HR Virginia Chapter | CUPA-HR Virginia Legal Update
    December 15, 2020
  • Charlottesville SHRM | Airtight Writing: Protect Your Workplace and Your Employees with Better Job Descriptions
    November 10, 2020
  • Virginia Credit Union League | Virginia’s Updated Workplace Standards & EFMLA
    August 5, 2020
  • Virginia Tech Roanoke Center | Airtight Writing: Protect Your Workplace and Your Employees with Better Job Descriptions
    August 12, 2020
  • Virginia Tech Roanoke Center | Emergency Leave and FLSA: Post COVID-19 and Beyond
    July 29, 2020
  • 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

Seminars + Events

  • 40th Annual Labor & Employment Webinar Series
    October 7 – November 4, 2021
  • HR LifeLine: 2020 Labor & Employment Webinar Series
    Every Thursday in October, 2020
  • 2019 Labor and Employment Seminar Series
    October 2 - November 5, 2019
  • 37th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series
    September 20 - October 17, 2018
  • Key Legal Issues in Higher Education
    March 1, 2018

Recognition