He represents employers in litigation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies around the country. He also regularly counsels employers on workplace-related issues that include affirmative action policies, ADA and FMLA issues, discipline and discharge, discrimination, noncompetition issues, sexual and other harassment. Tom is a presenter at the Woods Rogers Labor and Employment Seminars held annually.
A Roanoke native, Tom joined Woods Rogers in 1995. Previously, he worked in the Washington, D.C., office of a national law firm where he represented national and international clients in labor and employment law. Tom is a past president of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA), and is the immediate past president and a past chairman of Woods Rogers.
Tom frequently speaks or is quoted in the media about the changing landscape and regulations involving labor and employment law. He is co-author of Labor & Employment Law in Virginia: A Business Guide for Employers, published by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Virginia Lawyers Weekly also recognized Tom in its 2014 Leaders in the Law class.
Tom has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, including being named Roanoke Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014. He is also cited by Super Lawyers-Virginia, Super Lawyers-Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia, Super Lawyers-Best of the Best, and Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyers—Litigation. He is a Fellow of the Roanoke Bar Association and a Class of 2015 Fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation. Virginia Business magazine designates him as a member of its Legal Elite list.
Tom’s community outreach has included service on the boards of directors of many local community organizations.
Virginia Bar Association
Committee on Special Issues of State and National Importance
Labor and Employment Law Section, Past Chair
Former Member, Board of Governors
Former Chair, Board of Governors
Virginia State Bar
Roanoke Bar Association, Fellow
District of Columbia Bar Association
American Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Member National, Roanoke Valley, and Blue Ridge Chapters
- Beware: Someone’s Watching You, Virginia Bar Association Journal
- Support our Judiciary—Quick and Certain Access to Justice Benefits Everyone, Virginia Bar Association Journal
- Labor & Employment Law in Virginia: A Business Guide for Employers, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
SEMINARS + EVENTS
37th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series | September 20, 2018
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
Five Woods Rogers Attorneys Named a Roanoke Lawyer of the Year | August 16, 2018
Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America | August 19, 2015
Eighteen Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as Legal Elite | December 1, 2014
2013 Legal Elite | December 2, 2013
33 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2014 | August 15, 2013
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