Thomas M. Winn III PrincipalvCard | Bio

Tom Winn is a Principal in the Labor and Employment Group at Woods Rogers, where his nationwide practice focuses on HR counseling, employment litigation, and traditional labor issues. Best Lawyers in America named Tom as the 2016 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law-Management. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

Tom advises management on HR issues ranging from discipline/discharge, workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, employee leave and benefits, and unfair competition. Tom regularly represents employers regarding these issues before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, and OFCCP.  He has served as “first chair” counsel at both trial and appellate levels.

Tom also counsels and represents employers in union organizing and decertification campaigns, collective bargaining, grievances/arbitrations, NLRB litigation, strike management, and other issues under collective bargaining agreements. Tom has extensive experience representing government contractors with regard to collective bargaining and Service Contract Act issues.  He has served as chief spokesman in union negotiations, and he has handled more than 100 labor arbitration cases.

Tom has received an AV® Preeminent Rating and a Client Distinction Honor from Martindale-Hubbell, and a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas: Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment. He has been acknowledged in Virginia Business magazine as a Legal Elite, and as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond Law School where he was a member of the McNeill Law Society. A native of Roanoke, his community involvement has included the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Opera Roanoke, Pathfinders for Greenways and DePaul Community Resources, among many others.


American Bar Association—Labor and Employment Section; Development of the Law Under the NLRA Committee; Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

Virginia Bar Association—Board of Governors (2015-present); Labor & Employment Law Section; Member, Committee on Federal Judgeships–Western District; Former Young Lawyers Division Liaison to Labor & Employment Council

Virginia State Bar—Bar Exam Grader; Former Circuit Representative, Young Lawyers Conference

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys—Employment Law Committee, Past Chairman

Roanoke Bar Association

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—National, Appalachian, New River Valley, and Roanoke Valley (Va.) Chapters

Thought Leadership

Legal Updates:

Annual Labor and Employment Seminars:

  • Your Balance Sheet: DOL, NLRB & EEOC Are Driving Expenses. How Prepared Are You? (2014)
  • Organizational Change. Trick or Treat? (2013)

Representative Cases

    Employment Litigation

    • Hamden v. Total Car Franchising Corp., __ Fed. Appx. __, 2013 WL 613646 (4th Cir. 2013) (non-solicitation/non-disclosure restrictions)
    • Barber v. JTEKT Automotive Virginia, Inc., 2013 WL 871191 (4th Cir. 2013) (Title VII)
    • Local Union 978, Beckley Bargaining Unit of the Intern. Broth. Of Elec. Workers v. Appalachian Power Company, 2012 WL 3864016 (S.D.W.Va 2012) (LMRA Section 301)
    • Phillips v. StellarOne Bank, 2012 WL 3762448 (W.D.Va. 2012) (ADEA)
    • McCall v. American Elec. Power System Long Term Disability Plan, 2012 WL 2236669 (W.D.Va. 2012) (ERISA)
    • Hamden v. Total Car Franchising Corp., 2012 WL 5465011 (W.D.Va. 2012) (noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreement)
    • Barber v. JTEKT Automotive Virginia, Inc., 2012 WL 1577364 (W.D.Va. 2012) (Title VII)
    • Martin v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 2011 WL 836996 (W.D.Va. 2011) (ADA, FLSA)
    • Martin v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 2010 WL 5371341 (W.D.Va. 2010) (ADA, FLSA)
    • Tanaka v. ITT Corporation and IBEW, Local 1260 (AFL-CIO), 2007 WL 3129518 (D.Hawaii 2007) (LMRA Section 301);
    • Hale v. Broadspire Services, Inc., 232 Fed.Appx. 278, 2007 WL 1455142 (4th Cir. 2007) (ERISA);
    • Darden v. Cardinal Travel Center, 493 F.Supp.2d 773 (W.D.Va. 2007) (Title VII);
    • Bateman v. Therapeutic Innovations, Inc., 2007 WL 460828 (W.D.Va. 2007) (Title VII)
    • Hale v. American Elec. Power Ltd Plan, 2007 WL 664511 (4th Cir. 2007) (ERISA);
    • Peffer v. Emtech Laboratories, Inc., 2006 WL 3761625 (W.D.Va. 2006) (Title VII, Pregnancy Discrimination Act);
    • Hale v. Kemper Nat. Services, Inc., 2005 WL 3533416 (W.D.Va. 2005) (ERISA);
    • Hale v. Kemper Nat. Services, Inc., 2005 WL 3263054 (W.D.Va. 2005) (ERISA);
    • Moses v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 110 Fed.Appx. 340, 2004 WL 2291394 (4th Cir. 2004) (ADEA);
    • Thomas v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 31 Fed.Appx. 101, 2002 WL 376687 (4th Cir. 2002) (Title VII);
    • Glover v. Oppleman, 178 F.Supp.2d 622, 2001 WL 1453903 (W.D.Va. 2001) (Title VII);
    • E.E.O.C. v. Optical Cable Corp., 169 F.Supp.2d 539, 2001 WL 1272201 (W.D.Va. 2001) (Title VII);
    • Thomas v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 2001 WL 34790222 (W.D.Va. 2001) (Title VII);
    • Childress v. Appalachian Power Co., 230 F.3d 1351, 2000 WL 1294253(4th Cir. 2000) (ADA);
    • Childress v. American Elec. Power Co., 205 F.3d 1332, 2000 WL 219759 (4th Cir. 2000) (Title VII, ADA, ADEA, ERISA);
    • Bolinsky v. Carter Machinery Co., Inc., 69 F.Supp.2d 842, 1999 WL 1018667, 81 Fair FEP Cas. (BNA) 441 (W.D.Va. 1999) (ADA);
    • Childress v. Appalachian Power Co., 155 F.3d 558, 1998 WL 417278 (4th Cir. 1998) (ADA);
    • Scearce v. Halifax County, Va., Slip Copy, 1996 WL 500948 (4th Cir. 1996) (Section 1983);
    • Bennett v. Federal Paper Bd. Co., 73 F.3d 356, 1995 WL 756349 (4th Cir. 1995) (Title VII);
    • Cole v. Appalachian Power Co., 903 F.Supp. 975, 1995 WL 684636 (S.D.W.Va. 1995) (Title VII)

    Labor Arbitrations and NLRB Proceedings

    • Appalachian Power Co. and IBEW, Local 978, 2012 WL 8134437 (Sergent, 2012) (suspension)
    • ITT Industries Night Vision, Roanoke, Virginia Plant and IUE/CWA Local 82162, 126 Lab. Arb. (BNA) 1252 (Heekin, 2009) (discharge);
    • ITT Corporation, Systems Division, Ft. Benning and Columbus Metal Trades Council and IBEW Local 613, 125 Lab. Arb. (BNA) 402 (Holley, 2008) (discharge);
    • American Electric Power company (Appalachian Power Company, Bluefield, WV and Individual Grievant, 123 Lab. Arb. (BNA) (Trotter, 2007) (discharge);
    • Yokohama Tire Corporation and United Steelworkers, 2007 WL 8029447 (Sergent, 2007) (discharge)
    • ITT Industries Night Vision, Roanoke, Virginia Plant and IUE/CWA Local 82162, 118 LA (BNA) 1504 (Cohen, 2003) (rescission of resignation);
    • Kentucky Power Company, American Electric Power Corp. and IBEW Local 978, 2003 WL 23182290 (Harlan, 2003) (supervisor performing unit work);
    • ITT Industries Night Vision, Roanoke, Virginia Plant and IUE Local 162, 118 LA (BNA) 437 (Duff, 2003) (discharge);
    • Yokohama Tire Corp. and USWA Local 1023, 117 LA (BNA) 5 (Sergent, 2002) (discharge);
    • Yokohama Tire Corp. and USWA Local 1023, 117 LA (BNA) 509 (Sergent, 2002) (discharge);
    • Appalachian Power Company and Individual Employee, 2001 WL 574288 (Heekin, 2001) (discharge);
    • American Electric Power and IBEW Local 978, 114 Lab. Arb. (BNA) 501 (Hewitt, 2000) (discharge);
    • Appalachian Power Company and Individual Grievant, 2000 WL 36098337 (Heekin, 2000) (discharge)
    • Appalachian Power Company, Philip Sporn Plant, and UMWA District 17, Local 5396, 1997 WL 1068767 (Hewitt, 1997) (discharge);
    • Appalachian Mach. and Rebuild Co., 317 NLRB 1343, 151 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 1088 (1995) (discharge)