Mike Gardner is a principal of the firm’s Labor and Employment, Appellate, and Litigation groups.

He focuses his practice almost exclusively on labor and employment issues and has represented clients large and small, public and private, in state and federal courts in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Mike has counseled employers on handling all aspects of employment claims, from internal management, proceedings with state and federal agencies such as the EEOC or DOL, and through litigation, trial and appeal. While litigation is sometimes unavoidable, Mike emphasizes a proactive and preventative approach to employment issues in an effort to minimize the costs and disruptions litigation can impose on a business. Mike is a presenter at Woods Rogers’ annual Labor and Employment Seminar series.

Mike holds Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent© rating—the highest possible—in both legal ability and ethical standards. This honor is bestowed from confidential surveys of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He has also been recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer since 2016 as a Virginia Business magazine “Legal Elite” since 2018.

Mike is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va. Mike has served in various roles with the Virginia Bar Association, including Regional Chair for the Young Lawyers’ Division, and Chair of the Model Judiciary Program where high school students from across Virginia try mock cases before real judges, including Virginia Supreme Court Justices.

In his time at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Mike served as a Lead Articles Editor on the Washington and Lee Law Review, won the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition and placed fourth in the Nation in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition. After graduating from law school, Mike had the privilege of clerking for the Hon. Jackson L. Kiser in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.


Roanoke Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge—New Generations

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)—National, Roanoke Valley, Danville, and Blue Ridge Chapters; Legislative Chair, Roanoke Valley SHRM

Ted Dalton American Inn of Court—Former Member

Western Virginia Workforce Development Board—Executive Committee

Thought Leadership


Can a Business Be Liable to Its Employees for LGBT Discrimination?Lynchburg Business, February 2018

Featured Posts

Speaking Engagements

Salem/Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce | Marijuana and the Workplace | December 8, 2021

Virginia Bar Association | Marijuana in the Workplace | November 5, 2021

Franklin County HR Association | Marijuana in the Workplace | October 5, 2021

Franklin County HR Association | COVID-19 Legal Update | September 7, 2021

HR Virginia Annual Conference 2021 | Airtight Writing: Protect Your Workplace with Better Job Descriptions | April 14, 2021

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

Blue Ridge Human Resources Association | BRHRA Employment Law Seminar | March 10, 2021

Charlottesville SHRM | 2021 Legal Update | February 9, 2021

Charlottesville SHRM | Airtight Writing: Protect Your Workplace and Your Employees with Better Job Descriptions | November 10, 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

Blue Ridge HR Association | Virginia’s New Workplace Laws | July 15, 2020

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

Blue Ridge HR Association | Legal Seminar | March 11, 2020

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

SW Virginia SHRM | Negligent Hiring & Negligent Retention | March 28, 2019

Blue Ridge HR Association | Employment Law Seminar | March 13, 2019

Virginia Employment Commission | Wage & Hour, FLSA, and FMLA | May 15, 2018

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


40th Annual Labor & Employment Webinar Series | October 7 – November 4

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

Employee Handbooks | June 13, 2019

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

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

Employee Handbook: 2018 Update Seminar | March 29, 2018


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