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Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap practices primarily in the areas of domestic relations and family law, elder law, guardian and conservatorships for adults, wills and estate planning, criminal and traffic, general corporate, real estate, personal injuries and mental health law.


Fluent in Spanish, her multicultural background and diverse areas of concentration enable her to offer a comprehensive assessment of her clients’ needs, assisting them with the emotional and financial complexities of the law. Sandra joined Woods Rogers in 2012 following the acquisition of her private practice in Danville.


She is well known in Virginia’s mental health community, having participated in thousands of mental health commitment proceedings and court-ordered medical treatment hearings. She has served on a panel of lecturers at the 2010 Virginia Special Justice Annual Conference and on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Mental Health Task Force on Rules of Court.


Sandra is an adjunct professor at Danville Community College, lectured on wills and estates, and is a member of Danville Regional Medical Center’s Bioethics Committee for end-of-life ethical decisions facing families and physicians.

Sandra graduated with a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, studied at the Universite de Toulouse, France, and earned her law degree from the University of Miami.


Proudly serving the Danville Pittsylvania County Community, she has been honored as the Victorian Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association’s Business Advocate of the Year in 2001, Her magazine’s Attorney of the Year in 2011, and as one of Danville’s top attorneys in the People’s Choice Awards 2012.


She serves on the board of directors for Smart Beginnings and Danville-Pittsylvania County Early Childhood Education Coalition and is active in a variety of community groups, including Danville Soccer Club, Blue Ridge Soccer League, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, George Washington High School Booster Club and AAU Gymnastics Parents’ Association.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
  2. Real Estate: 10%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Corporate: 5%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Woods Rogers PLC

341 Main Street, Suite 302
Danville, VA, 24541


VAAuthorized to practice law199509/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leaders in the LawVirginia Lawyers Weekly2013
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2013
Legal EagleVirginia Living Magazine2012
Attorney of the YearHer Magazine2011
Business Associate of the YearVictorian Chapter of the American Business Women's Association2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselWoods Rogers PLC2012 - Present
OwnerSandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap,P.C.1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, General Practice SectionBoard Member2008 - 2010
Virginia State Bar, Litigation SectionBoard of Governors2008 - 2010
Virginia State BarCLB Executive Committee2006 - 2010
Virginia State Bar, Litigation SectionYoung Lawyer's Liaison2004 - 2008
Hispanic Bar Association of VirginiaMember1999 - 2000
Immigration Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2000
West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyer SectionPast Chair1998 - 1998
Virginia Women Attorneys AssociationMember1996 - Present
Danville Law DayChairperson1996 - 1996
Danville Bar AssociationPast President1995 - Present
Juvenile Court Judiciary Recognition Committee of Judge KerrChairpersonN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Woods Rogers E-AlertsWhen "Do It Yourself" Means Risking It Alone2014
seminar materialsIndependence Through Education2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Virginia School of LawSpanish LinguisticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rules of Court for Involuntary COmmitmentTask Force2011
2011 Law Day MemorialLegal Experience2011
Annual ConferenceLecturer's Panel2010
Annual ConferenceUnlock Your Potential2009
2004 Annual ConferenceHow to Run a Small Law Office2004
September 11th Community Courthouse VigilCoordinator2001