Attorney Alex Saunders

Alexander I. Saunders

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Alex Saunders has more than 35 years of experience in taxation and corporate law.

Get To Know Alex

Alex has more than 35 years of experience in taxation and corporate law. His practice includes tax planning for individuals and businesses, estate planning, and corporate sales and acquisitions. He also represents businesses and individuals before tax authorities and in court on tax matters.

Alex has written and lectured extensively on the fields of tax law, trust and estate law, and corporate law, and was one of the authors of the first treatise on limited liability companies in Virginia.

He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Taxation, Trusts and Estates, and Corporate Law and in Virginia Business as one of the "Legal Elite" in taxes/estates/trusts. Alex also has been named in The Roanoker magazine as the valley’s top attorney in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates by vote of members of the local bar. Alex’s work also has resulted in his being listed in the field of Taxation by Virginia Super Lawyer magazine. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review rating.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Virginia and University of Virginia Law School and has a master of law degree in taxation from New York University. He served as law clerk to Judge H. S. Boreman of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Woods Rogers.

Alex has served on the board of the Roanoke Valley YMCA. He has served on numerous other local charitable boards, including the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley. He is a member and former chairman of the Roanoke College Estate Planning Council, member and former chairman of the Ferrum College Estate Planning Council, member of the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council and member of The Jefferson Center’s Planned Giving Council.



New York University, LL.M., Taxation

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

University of Virginia, B.S.




  • American Bar Association
  • Ferrum College Estate Planning Council
  • Jefferson Center’s Planned Giving Council
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Roanoke College Estate Planning Council, Former Chair
  • Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar

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