Attorney Fourd Kemper

Fourd Kemper

Principal | Emerging Growth Practice Chair

Fourd is an experienced M&A lawyer, with a passion for assisting emerging growth companies grow to their potential.

Get To Know Fourd

Fourd focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture and seed capital financing, securities, licensing and other intellectual property matters, and the representation of high-tech entrepreneurs.

Fourd is chair of the Emerging Growth & Venture Capital practice group. His work in the Woods Rogers business group also includes general commercial, real estate transactions, and contractual matters. Fourd has significant experience representing public companies, including serving for six years as general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed technology company. He has worked with venture capital investments, representing both technology companies raising funds and representing venture capital firms and other industrial investors. In addition, Fourd has experience in negotiating IP and confidentiality provisions for government contractors and sub-contractors.

He is Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council and previously served as Chair of the Business Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Fourd is a member of the GO Virginia Region 2 Council and is the Co-Chair of its Emerging Tech cluster workgroup. He is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees for North Cross School. His community service has included serving on the boards of Downtown Roanoke Inc., Opera Roanoke, and the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission, as well as serving as President for Pathfinders for Greenways, Inc. He also served on the Vision 2001-2020 Advisory Committee (as Environmental Resources Chair) for the Roanoke City Vision 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The Roanoke native graduated from Duke University, where he majored in Economics, and then earned his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the editorial board of Virginia Law Review.

Fourd has maintained his lifelong love of skiing. And, somewhat surprisingly to himself, he became a youth lacrosse coach and had the good fortune to coach all five of his kids and stepkids over the last 15 years.


  • Representing buyers and sellers for M&A in varied industries such as manufacturing, transportation, heavy equipment, construction, retail and technology.
  • Representing biotech companies in early-stage angel financings.
  • Representing spin-off companies in negotiating in-licenses from multiple universities, national labs and health systems.
  • Representing analytics, software and biotech companies in raising Series A, Series B and Series C financings. 
  • ’34 Act work for public companies.
  • Representing companies in negotiating development, collaboration and supply agreements to commercialize cutting-edge technologies.
  • Representing buyers in multiple roll-up acquisitions in various different service industries.
  • Representing investors in funding other growth-oriented ventures. 



University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

Duke University, A.B.




  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee
    • Negotiated Acquisitions Committee
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association, Chair Business Law Section Council

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Other Publications & Media

“Who Owns Your Intellectual Property?” Webinar. Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) (August 2015).

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