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.


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

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


HR LifeLine: 2020 Labor & Employment Webinar Series | Every Thursday in October

2019 Labor and Employment Seminar Series | October 2 - November 5

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

Key Legal Issues in Higher Education | March 1, 2018


31 Woods Rogers Attorneys Listed as “Legal Elite” and “Rising Stars” | November 30, 2020

Forty-one Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2021 | August 20, 2020

Six Woods Rogers Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA | April 27, 2020

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

“Legal Elite” Ranking Lists 30 Woods Rogers Attorneys | December 10, 2019

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

Five Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA | May 24, 2019

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

Virginia Business Names 26 Woods Rogers Attorneys as 2018 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2018

Five Woods Rogers Attorneys Named a Roanoke Lawyer of the Year | August 16, 2018

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

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

Twenty-four Woods Rogers Attorneys Named by Virginia Business as 2017 “Legal Elite” | December 1, 2017

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

Chambers USA Guide Recognizes Three Woods Rogers Attorneys and Two Practice Areas | June 13, 2017

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

Twenty-seven Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as 2016 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2016

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

Best Lawyers Names Five Woods Rogers Attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year” | August 16, 2016

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

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