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

He handles a wide variety of matters ranging from compliance with, and litigation involving, federal employment and labor laws such as Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, to insurance coverage disputes, non-compete litigation, and commercial torts. Mike is a presenter at Woods Rogers’ annual Labor and Employment Seminar series.

Mike is an active member of the Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge – New Generations, which works to assist underserved youth in the Roanoke Valley. Mike is also the past Legislative Chair for the Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management and is a Chair-Elect for the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association.

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

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

Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge—New Generations

Ted Dalton American Inn of Court

Virginia Bar Association

Thought Leadership


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

Speaking Engagements

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


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


Lawyer case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the lawyer.