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Alton L. Knighton, Jr. focuses his diverse legal career on tax-exempt bonds, taxable financings, employee benefits and non-profit organizations.


He has represented Carilion Clinic and affiliated hospitals in more than $1.5 billion of tax-exempt financings and has served as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, lender’s counsel or trustee’s counsel in bond issues worth more than $3.3 billion for hospitals, colleges and universities, retirement communities, non-profit organizations, roads, schools, water and sewer utilities, governmental facilities, manufacturing and housing.


Al serves as corporate counsel for many charitable organizations, including hospitals, colleges and universities, retirement facilities, cultural entities and social welfare organizations. He also counsels many employers on topics that include ESOPs, 401(k) plans and other qualified plans, deferred compensation plans, health, life insurance, disability and other welfare plans, cafeteria plans, and dealings with the IRS and Department of Labor.


Al has been named in Best Lawyers in America in employee benefits law, project finance law and public finance law.


He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (with high distinction) and the University’s law school.


Al’s knowledge of non-profit law makes him a favorite of various community organizations. He has served as a director and/or officer of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc., Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge, Inc., Lewis-Gale Foundation, Greater Southwest Athletic Association, Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, Inc., Ferrum College Estate Planning Council, Blue Ridge Action Fund and Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Roanoke Area.


Practice areas


  1. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 50%
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 30%
  3. Employee Benefits: 20%


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Contact info

Ste 1400, 10 S. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 14125
Roanoke, VA, 24038-4125


VAAuthorized to practice law197409/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1974 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Roanoke Bar AssociationFormer DirectorN/A
National Association of Bond LawyersMemberN/A
Local Government Attorneys of VirginiaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Woods Rogers Newsletterthe 2010 tax relief act - new estate planning opportunities2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of VirginiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Non-Profit Seminar Series: Session ThreeIs your accounting department (and finance committee) aware of the tax laws that affect your organization?2008
Non-Profit Seminar Series: Session OneAre your board members aware of the legal ramifications of serving on your board?2008