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James F. Douthat focuses much of his practice on commercial real estate and commercial and bankruptcy law.


Jim has counseled a number of commercial real estate developments, including Valley View Mall, Valley View Crossing, the Sheraton Hotel and Wal-Mart. In addition to real estate and general corporate representation, Jim offers extensive bankruptcy experience throughout Virginia.


The Roanoke native joined the firm of Hazlegrove, Dickinson & Rea as an associate in 1967. He took a leave of absence to go on active duty in the United States Army as Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps. The Hazlegrove law firm merged with the Woods Rogers in 1985.

He is Martindale AV rated.


Jim is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College and Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, was vice president of his class and was the lead articles editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review.

Jim’s community involvement includes the History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia and The Achievement Center. He’s a strong advocate of the Roanoke Valley’s growing greenway network while representing and serving as a member of the board of the Hanging Rock Battlefield & Railway Preservation Foundation.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 40%
  2. Corporate: 30%
  3. Real Estate: 30%


Payment types:

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Contact info

10 South Jefferson Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 14125
Roanoke, VA, 24038-4125


VAAuthorized to practice law196703/11/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EagleVirginia Living2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1967 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1967
Hampden-Sydney CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1964