Roanoke, Va.— James F. McKell Jr. has joined Woods Rogers PLC as an associate in the firm’s Business and Corporate Practice Group.

McKell, an Elizabeth City, N.C. native, has an extensive background assisting clients with issues involving financial institutions, real estate law, corporate governance, and contracts. He will represent lenders and borrowers, buyers and sellers, as well as advising on governance for small businesses.

Jim earned his law degree from Duke University in 2010. While at Duke, he was named an Arthur Larson Scholar. He served as staff editor for the Duke Law and Technology Review and research editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. His bachelor’s degree is from Wake Forest University, where he majored in philosophy with a minor in theatre.

Jim’s experience includes an internship with Transportation Committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Barbara Jackson, the Honorable Rick Elmore, and the Honorable Bob Hunter of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

“Jim’s experience is attractive to Woods Rogers because he has assisted in large merger and acquisition projects, and represented small business owners in an array of issues from corporate formation to other complex matters,” said Woods Rogers’ President, Dan Summerlin III. “We look forward to introducing him to our business and corporate clients.”

Jim’s pro bono work includes volunteering for the Roanoke Legal Aid Pro Bono Hotline and the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law project. He has lived in seven states as well as London, England. Growing up as an Eagle Scout, he worked as a rock climbing, nature area, and rifle range instructor and was named academic area director for Boy Scout camps in North Carolina and California.

“It is a pleasure to join Woods Rogers business practice,” said McKell. “The firm is known for delivering professional and knowledgeable counsel to clients across a broad group of clients.”