Neil Birkhoff, chair of the Tax and Estate Planning groups, works to find solutions to tax-related legal needs for private clients, businesses, and nonprofits. His practice includes federal, state, and local tax planning for individuals and businesses, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. He represents businesses and individuals before tax authorities and in court on tax matters.

Neil assists clients with a variety of employee benefit plans, ERISA, and benefit-related tax issues, including retirement plans and welfare plans—profit-sharing, 401(k), and defined benefits—as well as fiduciary liability, and taxation of employee benefits. Neil also provides counsel regarding Section 457 plans for tax-exempt organizations and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Neil can advise and assist employers with insured and self-insured health plans, life insurance plans, cafeteria plans, and dependent care plans.

Neil is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a past chair of both the Virginia State Bar’s Section of Taxation and the Virginia Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. Prior to joining Woods Rogers in 1987, Neil was a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Neil is a contributing author to several continuing legal education publications. Neil has been recognized for excellence in tax law in Best Lawyers in America and by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Neil is an adjunct professor of law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he teaches classes on nonprofit organizations and trusts and estates.

His community involvement includes service on the board of directors for Feeding America Southwest Virginia and the advisory board for The Community Tax Law Project.


American Bar Association—Taxation Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

American College of Tax Counsel—Fellow

Roanoke Bar Association

Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)- National

Virginia Bar Association—Wills, Trusts and Estates Section; Taxation Section/Past Chair

Virginia State Bar—Trusts and Estates Section; Taxation Section/Past Chair

Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

  • Tax Reform 2018 – M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, Cherry Bekaert, Woods Rogers – October 24, 2018
  • Tax Reform and Charitable Giving – Western Virginia Charitable Gift Planners – May 4, 2018
  • Eminent Domain-State and Federal – Virginia State Bar CLE – April 13, 2018
  • Provisions of the New Tax Act Affecting Pass-Through Entities – M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, Cherry Bekaert, and Woods Rogers – February 13, 2018

Legal Updates

Annual Labor and Employment Seminars

  • Employee Benefits After Tax Reform (2018)
  • Take Care of Your Employees and Your Business (2014)
  • Face Your Fears. The ACA is Here! (2013)


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