Victor Cardwell is Co-Chair of Woods Rogers’ Labor and Employment Law Section. He is also Chairman of the Woods Rogers Board of Directors. He practices labor and employment law throughout the U.S., focusing on diversity, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and labor/management relations—including union-organizing campaigns and union-avoidance techniques, and workplace violence.

Victor has significant experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. He offers counsel to executive and human resources managers on a wide range of employer concerns—from harassment, sexual orientation/transgender, retaliation, and discrimination, to workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, unfair competition, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, discipline/discharge, and employee leave.

Victor is a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association. He is also a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Board of Governors for its Diversity Conference was named to the Roanoke Law Foundation Fellows Program in 2018. He has received Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” recognition. He is regularly listed in industry rankings including Virginia Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. He is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation and Labor and Employment and by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in the Labor and Employment practice. He is a member of the Lorman Education Services “Distinguished Faculty.”

Prior to joining Woods Rogers in 1991, Victor served as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel with the U. S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board. He has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, representing Virginia, and was appointed to the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Victor lends legal counsel to many Roanoke-area nonprofit organizations including the Bradley Free Clinic, Center in the Square, Grandin Theatre Foundation, Mill Mountain Zoo, United Way of Roanoke Valley, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He serves on the board of directors for the Bradley Free Clinic and has served on the boards of the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Virginia High School League Foundation. He has also been an active volunteer with Cosmopolitan International.

Affiliations

American Bar Association—Labor and Employment Section/Delegate Member from Virginia; Sports and Entertainment Law Section/Delegate Member from Virginia

American Inns of Court—Former Associate

Boyd-Graves Conference

National Bar Association

Old Dominion Bar Association

Roanoke Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association—Board of Governors (2018); Committee on Federal Judgeships; Western District Committee on Nominations to Virginia Commissions & Appellate Courts; Labor Relations & Employment Law Section Council; Law Practice Management Division Executive Committee & Council

Virginia State Bar—Board of Governors for VSB Diversity Conference

American Bar Association—Labor and Employment

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—National, Lynchburg, and New River Valley (VA) Chapters

23rd Judicial Circuit Fee Dispute Resolution Program—Chairman

Representative Cases

Employment Litigation

  • Arthur v. Pet Dairy, 2013 WL 6228732 (W.D. Va. 2013)
  • Arthur v. Pet Dairy, 2013 WL 6073465, (W.D.Va. 2013), aff’d, 2015 WL 509345 (4th Cir. 2015) (ADEA)
  • Leonard v. Electro-Mechanical Corp., 2014 WL 2769125 (W.D.Va. 2014) (ADEA)
  • Leonard v. Electro-Mechanical Corp., 2014 WL 1385356, 29 A.D Cases 1241, 49 NDLR P 76, (W.D.Va.2014), (ADEA)
  • Barber v. JTEKT Automotive Virginia, Inc., 2013 WL 871191, (4th Cir. 2013) (Title VII)
  • Barber v. JTEKT Automotive Virginia, Inc., 2012 WL 1577364, (W.D.Va. 2012) (Title VII)
  • Bateman v. Therapeutic Innovations, Inc., 2007 WL 460828, (W.D.Va. 2007) (Harassment)
  • Glover v. Oppleman, 2001 WL 1453903, 58 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 122, (W.D.Va. 2001) (Title VII)
  • Thomas v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 2001 WL 34790222, (W.D.Va. 2001)
  • Childress v. Appalachian Power Co., 1998 WL 417278, (4th Cir. 1998) (ADA)
  • Hampton v. Kroger Co., 1996 WL 560306, (W.D.Va. 1996)
  • Cole v. Appalachian Power Co., 1995 WL 684636, (S.D.W.Va. 1995)
  • Cole v. Appalachian Power Co. v. International Broth. of Elec. Workers, Local No. 978, 1995 WL 463711, (S.D.W.Va. 1995)
  • Norton v. Wilson, 1994 WL 644868, (4th Cir. 1994)
  • Bivens v. Roanoke County Salem Jail, 1994 WL 632737, (4th Cir. 1994)
  • Cox v. Pike, 1994 WL 203014, (4th Cir. 1994)
  • Drysdale v. Barco Associates, 1994 WL 129040 (W.D.Va. 1994)

Featured Posts

Speaking Engagements

2019 Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference "Payroll Strikes Back" | HR Issues in Payroll | October 10, 2019

Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia | Higher Education Legal Update | May 22, 2019

MSCUA Annual Meeting | Hot Topics in Employee Handbooks | May 16, 2019

Lynchburg Regional Alliance Business Summit | Employment Law Updates | April 30, 2019

Virginia SHRM Annual Conference | Employment Law Update | April 8, 2019

Richmond SHRM | Legal Update | February 21, 2019

Mississippi Credit Union Association | MSCUA HR Training | February 12, 2019

Conference for Virginia Magistrates | #MeToo & Harrassment, Employment Law Update | December 5, 2018

Conference for Virginia Magistrates | #MeToo & Harrassment, Employment Law Update | November 28, 2018

ACEC HR Forum | The Role of Human Resources in Securing the Workplace | October 16, 2018

Credit Union Collaborative: IN, KY, LO, MI, TN, VA, WVA | HR University for Credit Union HR Professionals | September 25, 2018

Richmond SHRM | HR on (Mock) Trial: Racial Discrimination | September 20, 2018

VA District Judges Summer Meeting | Harassment | August 7, 2018

VA Circuit Court Clerks | FMLA and ADA | June 6, 2018

Virginia Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Conference | Diversity in the Law | April 20, 2018

Association of Clerks of the District Courts of Virginia 28th Annual Meeting | Employment Law 101 | HR, Diversity, Harassment, Sexual Orientation | April 16, 2018

North Carolina ALA Chapter Education Conference | Updates from the EEOC and DOL | March 13, 2018

Richmond SHRM: Legal Update | Sexual Harassment is Unlawful! | February 13, 2018

SEMINARS + EVENTS

2019 Labor and Employment Seminar Series | October 2 - November 5

37th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Series | September 20, 2018

Workplace Violence: Legal Liabilities for Employers | March 20, 2018

Key Legal Issues in Higher Education | March 1, 2018

Recognition

Five Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA | May 24, 2019

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers | April 11, 2019

Victor Cardwell Receives 2019 “Drum Major for Justice” Award from the Roanoke Valley Southern Christian Leadership Conference | January 21, 2019

Virginia Business Names 26 Woods Rogers Attorneys as 2018 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2018

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2018

Twenty-three Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 20, 2018

Thirty-six Woods Rogers Attorneys Are Recognized by Best Lawyers in America | August 15, 2017

Twenty-one Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | May 1, 2017

Twenty-seven Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as 2016 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2016

Two Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2016 ‘Leaders in the Law’ | August 29, 2016

Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2017 The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2016

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 7, 2016

Nineteen Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as 2015 “Legal Elite” | December 1, 2015

Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America | August 19, 2015

Twenty-Two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 9, 2015

Thirty-four Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America | August 22, 2014

20 Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars | July 10, 2014

33 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2014 | August 15, 2013

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