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Victor O'Neil Cardwell

Victor O'Neil Cardwell

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About Me

Victor Cardwell is among Virginia’s most recognized and accomplished experts in labor and employment law. Victor specializes in workplace violence, diversity, harassment and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He is sought after for training in a number of areas of labor and employment law across Virginia and is experienced in representing management in union organizing campaigns and union avoidance techniques.


He has practiced before the National Labor Relations Board and has significant experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Victor has written and lectured on all kinds of areas involving labor and employment law.

Prior to joining Woods Rogers in 1991, Victor served as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel with the U. S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board. He has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, representing Virginia, and was appointed to the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Victor has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list since 2006 and recently has been included among the Super Lawyers in Virginia. Virginia Living magazine also named Victor a Legal Eagle.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and law degree from Washington and Lee School of Law.

Victor has lent his legal talents to help such non-profit organizations as Family Services of the Valley, Mill Mountain Zoo, Child Health Investment Partnership, Center in the Square, United Way of Roanoke Valley, Virginia Commission on Human Rights and many more.


Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 75%
  2. Business: 25%


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 law198703/11/2014
DCInactive 199005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1991 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
United Way of Roanoke ValleyN/AN/A
Child Health Investment ProgramN/AN/A
Family Services of the ValleyBoard of DirectorsN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
America Inns of CourtAssociateN/A
3rd Judicial Circuit Court's Fee Dispute Resolution ProgramN/AN/A
Society for Human Resource ManagementMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationDelegateN/A
National Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Old Dominion Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Roanoke Bar AssociationMemberN/A
The Virginia Commission of Human RightsMemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of VirginiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarViolence in the Workplace: Legal Issues in Protecting Employees2011
SeminarAddressing Sexual Assault on Campus2011
Annual Labor & Employment SeminarPearls of Wisdom2011
SeminarEmployment Law From A to Z2010
Annual Labor & Employment SeminarWeathering the Perfect Storm - Coping with Aggressive Enforcement in a Recovering Economy2010
WebinarEmployee Free Choice Act2009
Spring MeetingEmployment Law for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner2009
Spring ConferenceDisruptive Behaviors in Healthcare2009
Labor & Employment Law UpdateFMLA and Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)2009
HR SummitBluestone Workforce Training Center2009
Employee Free Choice Act SeminarEmployee Free Choice Act: Prepare for the Coming Storm2009
Annual Labor and EmploymentFind Your Inner Peace2009
9thAnnual Virginia Statewide Payroll ConferenceFMLA Issues2009