Leah Stiegler is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups.

Leah strategically advises employers on compliance with employment laws and defends actions before agencies including the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB. Leah has substantial federal trial experience, conducts workplace and board training sessions, and guides managers through workplace investigations.

Leah has traveled the Mid-Atlantic region speaking about diversity and implicit bias. She has presented to many audiences, including front-line employees, upper-management, and Human Resources Professionals. During her sessions, Leah encourages the audience to consider the impact of their workplace conduct, engender civility, and work together to prevent harassment and discrimination.

Leah’s workplace training sessions cover topics such as workplace violence, FMLA/ADA and all employee medical leave or workers’ compensation concerns, FLSA/wage and hour obligations, documentation and discipline, performance reviews/PIPs, Form I-9 best practices, and addressing employee conduct on social media. In every case, Leah works with her clients to create a custom training program that will address their unique workforce situations.

In addition to public speaking, Leah works extensively with employers to develop employment contracts, workplace policies, and employee handbooks that suit specific company-specific needs.

Leah advises many civic and community clients including the Roanoke City Police Department’s Threat Assessment Task Force on employer liability in the face of workplace safety and security concerns. Leah also provides extensive counsel to non-profit organizations nationwide and takes on civil rights trials for prisoners in federal court.

Leah believes strongly in the value of youth athletics and is Chair of the Board 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.

A Virginia native, Leah joined Woods Rogers after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lawrence R. Leonard, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Virginia Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Virginia Amateur Sports

Thought Leadership

Published Articles

Life happens at work. Are your employees discussing the George Floyd tragedy?The Roanoke Times, June 5, 2020

Speak the Unspoken: Fighting Your Implicit Bias and Channeling UnderstandingOpening Statement, Fall 2019

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

Avoiding The Catch-22: Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard to Protect Freshwater Resources and Promote Energy Independence, 48 University of Richmond Law Review 1063, 2014

Featured Posts

Speaking Engagements

New River Valley SHRM Annual Legal Update | Are You an HR Hero? Managing Litigation | September 16, 2021

47th Annual Advanced Business Law Conference 2021 - Virginia CLE | Valuing Diversity and Recognizing Implicit Bias | September 24, 2021

Lynchburg SHRM November Chapter Meeting | Unconscious and Implicit Bias | November 11, 2021

The Medical Advisory Group of Lynchburg | Harassment, Bullying, and Other Workplace Issues | September 8, 2021

Shenandoah Valley SHRM 2021 Virginia Legal Forum | How Does a Lawsuit Work | September 15, 2021

Richmond SHRM | Six Months In: How Has the New Administration Affected Employers? | July 20, 2021

Young Professionals of Central Virginia | The Future of Work: The Gig Economy, Remote Work, DEI Initiatives, and More | May 6, 2021

Northern Virginia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators | COVID-19 at Work in 2021 | April 15, 2021

HR Virginia Annual Conference 2021 | Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Employees with Competing Interests | April 11, 2021

IPMA-Va Spring Conference | 2021 Legal Updates | March 23, 2021

Lynchburg SHRM | How an Employment Lawsuit Works | April 8, 2021

Virginia College and University Professional Association for HR | What’s New in the Biden Administration | March 9, 2021

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police | Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, & Family Medical Leave Act | March 3, 2021

Richmond SHRM | Will It Stay or Will It Go? Planning for the New Administration | March 4, 2021

Virginia Credit Union League | COVID-19 at Work: 2021 Legal Updates | January 26, 2021

CUPA-HR Virginia Chapter | CUPA-HR Virginia Legal Update | December 15, 2020

Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration | Legal Update | October 21, 2020

Richmond SHRM | Virginia’s New Employment Laws | November 12, 2020

Virginia Credit Union League | Virginia’s Updated Workplace Standards & EFMLA | August 5, 2020

International Public Management Association for Human Resources - Virginia Chapter | Employee Leave Under FFCRA & 6 Steps to Take if an Employee Tests Positive | June 18, 2020

VACAP Human Resources Peer Group | COVID-19 – Returning to Work: Legal Issues Agencies Need to Consider | June 10, 2020

Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce | COVID-19 Webinar Series | April 24, 2020

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police | 2020 New Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs Training School: FLSA, ADA, & FMLA | March 4, 2020

Richmond SHRM | 2020 Legal Update: Hot Topics and Practical Advice | February 20, 2020

VA Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration | VaSHHRA Regional Event: HR Legal Update | October 9, 2019

IPMA-HR Virginia Chapter Regional Workshop | Strengthening Your Supervisory Skills in Employment Law | October 16, 2019

VASHRRA | Roanoke/Southwest Regional Event | October 18, 2019

Richmond SHRM | HR on Mock Trial: Romance Gone Wrong (Allegedly) | September 19, 2019

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

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

Lynchburg Regional Alliance Business Summit | Employment Law Updates | April 30, 2019

International Public Management Association for HR – Virginia Chapter | Hot Topics in Your Employee Handbook | March 12, 2019

International Public Management Association for HR – Virginia Chapter | Discrimination & Harassment in the #MeToo Era | March 12, 2019

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

Virginia Women's Conference | Valuing Diversity and Recognizing Implicit Bias | November 17, 2018

Virginia Employment Commission | FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation in the Workplace | October 30, 2018

Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration | Legal Updates in the Health Care Industry | October 26, 2018

Virginia Society of CPAs | Harassment and Diversity | October 18, 2018

Virginia Employment Commission | FLSA Issues and Social Media in the Workplace | September 27, 2018

Richmond SHRM | HR on (Mock) Trial: Racial Discrimination | September 20, 2018

Lynchburg SHRM | Internal Workplace Investigations | September 13, 2018

Virginia Employment Commission | Recent Developments in Employment Law | August 23, 2018

Virginia Employment Commission | Employee Handbooks and Social Media in the Workplace | August 23, 2018

Virginia Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Conference | Diversity in the Law | April 20, 2018

Lynchburg Bar Association | Diversity and Implicit Bias in the Law | April 20, 2018

Local Government Attorneys of Virginia | All Aboard the Employment Train: Bringing People on Board — An Overview of the Hiring Process, I-9 Compliance, and Other Immigration Issues of Relevance to Local Governments | April 19, 2018

VT Roanoke Higher Education Center | Workplace Violence | March 3, 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


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