Leah Stiegler is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups. Leah’s employment practice focuses on helping employers comply with various employment laws, defending related employment actions with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in state or federal court, conducting workplace and board training, guiding employers through workplace investigations, and working with employers regarding collective bargaining and grievances/arbitrations.

A Virginia native, Leah began her career at Woods Rogers as a summer associate in 2014 and joined the firm after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lawrence R. Leonard, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she gained extensive experience in handling pretrial motions, discovery disputes, and settlement conferences.

Leah earned her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She also served on the executive board of the University of Richmond Law Review. While in law school, Leah interned with the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Leah earned the Pro Bono Certification Award for completing over 120 hours of pro bono service and public interest work for her time working with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Va., the law school’s Immigration Clinic, and the Charlottesville Public Defender’s Office. Leah graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech, where she earned two degrees: A B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning, and a B.A. in Spanish.

Leah believes strongly in the values of youth athletics and is the head coach of The Bosses, a youth basketball team for girls in the City of Roanoke. Leah is a board member for Virginia Amateur Sports, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes physical fitness and healthy lifestyles and runs the Virginia Commonwealth Games—the largest multi-sport festival held in Virginia each year. Leah also serves as an Athletic Director on the Greater Southwest Athletic Association Board of Directors.


Virginia Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Virginia Amateur Sports

Thought Leadership

Legal Updates:

Speaking Engagements:

  • Charlottesville SHRM: 2019 Employment Law Updates – Feb. 12, 2019
  • Virginia Society of CPAs: Employment Laws Managers Should Know – Jan. 24, 2019
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General: Practicing in the Western District of Virginia – Jan. 9, 2019
  • Senator Mark Warner’s 2018 Women’s Conference: Valuing Diversity and Recognizing Implicit Bias – Nov. 17, 2018
  • Virginia Employment Commission: FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation in the Workplace – Oct. 30, 2018
  • Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration: Legal Updates in the Health Care Industry – Oct. 26, 2018
  • Virginia Society of CPAs: Harassment and Diversity – Oct. 18, 2018
  • 2018 Annual Labor and Employment Seminar Series – Oct. 2017
  • Virginia Employment Commission: FLSA Issues and Social Media in the Workplace- Sept. 27, 2018)
  • Richmond SHRM: Race Discrimination, a Mock Trial – Sept. 19, 2018
  • Lynchburg SHRM: Internal Workplace Investigations – Sept. 13, 2018
  • Virginia Employment Commission: Employee Handbooks and Social Media in the Workplace – Aug. 23, 2018
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia: All Aboard the Employment Train – April 19-21, 2018
  • Lynchburg Bar Association – Diversity and Implicit Bias in the Law – April 20, 2018
  • Virginia Tech Higher Education Center: Workplace Violence – March 3, 2018
  • 2017 Annual Labor and Employment Seminar: Managing the New Workplace; Immigration Law Update; Worker Classification; Complex Wage & Hour Issues
  • The Intersection of Business and Immigration Law: Traps for the Unwary (2017 Seminar)


Subconscious Thoughts and Their Impact on the Workplace
Lynchburg Business
November/December 2018

Ready, Set, Go!–Employment Handbooks
Lynchburg Magazine
February 2017

Avoiding The Catch-22: Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard to Protect Freshwater Resources and Promote Energy Independence, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1063, 1063 (2014)

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