Matt represents companies in eminent domain litigation, railroad defense work, and in state regulatory proceedings before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Get To Know Matt

Matt focuses on administrative law and the regulation of energy companies, and on certain types of litigation, such as personal injury law, eminent domain law, and construction law. He represents public utilities in state regulatory proceedings before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He also represents clients in state and federal courts in matters such as real estate litigation, FELA litigation, intellectual property litigation, commercial disputes, construction law claims, and personal injury litigation. Matt has handled several high-profile cases in these practice areas. 

Matt graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University and received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a staff writer for the Law Review.

Matt has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America several times.

Matt and his wife Jane moved to Roanoke right after law school in Lexington, Va. when he started at Woods Rogers in 1992.  When Matt is not in the office, you will find them enjoying the outdoors in S.W.Va.


  • Lead trial counsel for condemnor in numerous condemnation trials in S. W. Virginia.
  • Obtained defense verdict for railroad in multi-week FELA and SAA jury trial.
  • Lead counsel for utility in several SCC proceedings resulting in orders granting approval for new transmission line projects.
  • Over twenty years of experience representing corporation in real estate litigation and FELA litigation.
  • Successfully mediated over 75 cases to settlement prior to trial.



Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Carnegie-Mellon University, B.S.



Supreme Court of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia


  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Bar Association, Former Section Chair
  • Virginia State Bar, Board of Governors (2002-2008)

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