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
Can a Business Be Liable to Its Employees for LGBT Discrimination?, Lynchburg Business, February 2018
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
SEMINARS + EVENTS
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
“Legal Elite” Ranking Lists 30 Woods Rogers Attorneys | December 10, 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
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