Michael Preston Gardner has joined Woods Rogers as an Associate, enhancing the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation sections.

A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Gardner has an extensive background representing clients in all phases of labor and employment law, commercial litigation, and professional liability defense.

“We’re extremely pleased Mike is joining Woods Rogers. He has deep roots in the community and will add significantly to the breadth and depth of our firm,” said Tom Bagby, President and Principal at Woods Rogers.

“I’ve worked with Woods Rogers attorneys on numerous occasions throughout my career,” said Michael, “and I have always been impressed with their professionalism, collegiality, and preparedness.” Gardner received his bachelor’s degree from Hampden Sydney College in 2005, where he met his wife Katie. In 2010, he earned his law degree from Washington & Lee and is licensed in the state of Virginia. At Washington & Lee, he won the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Contest and was nominated for Best Brief in the same competition. He also placed fourth in the United States in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition.

After graduating from law school, Mike had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Virginia. While clerking, Mike worked on numerous labor and employment cases and gained insight into how federal courts analyze claims that arise under the myriad of statutes that govern the relationships among employers, employees, and unions.

When away from the office, Mike is an avid fisherman. He recalls his favorite catch to be an 8-pound largemouth bass that he pulled from heavy cover in the Briery Creek Lake near Farmville, Virginia. Growing up as an Eagle Scout in the area prepared Mike to be quite the outdoorsman. In his free time he also enjoys riding his bike from Mill Mountain, across Roanoke Mountain to Bent Mountain. Mike takes advantage of all the Roanoke Valley has to offer and hopes to take his young daughter, Emma, fishing soon.