Tom Bagby is a principal at Woods Rogers. 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 EmploymentLawyer 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—President (2013); 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

Thought Leadership

Legal Updates:

Virginia Bar Association Journal:

Annual Labor and Employment Seminars:

  • Legal Update: Recent Case Decisions and Your HR Practices (2014)
  • Legal Update: The U.S. Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit, and the Virginia Supreme Court (2013)

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