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With the constantly changing tax laws, business or personal circumstances and economic conditions that impact estate planning, you’ll want J. Lee E. Osborne on your team of advisers.


Lee focuses on estate planning and administration, taxation, business planning and transactions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which recognizes individual attorneys for distinguished contributions to the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law.

Lee is an adjunct professor at the Washington and Lee School of Law, where he teaches Wealth Transfer Planning. He has presented continuing legal education programs on numerous subjects, including ethics at the Annual Douglas W. Conner Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Seminar.


Prior to joining Woods Rogers, he was president of Carter & Osborne, P.C.

Lee is regularly cited for excellence in trusts and estate planning in leading lists such as Best Lawyers in America (since 1995), Super Lawyers and Virginia Living. He has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year in America’s Best Lawyers.

He also has been selected as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation for 2013.

Lee has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received his law degree and master’s of law and taxation degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.


He serves on numerous organizations, including the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council, Roanoke College Planned Giving Advisory Board, Ferrum College Estate Planning Council, Charitable Advisory Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of the Blue Ridge.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Corporate: 30%
  3. Tax: 20%


Payment types:

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Contact info

1401 Franklin Road, Sw
P.O. Box 13206
Roanoke, VA, 24032-3206


VAAuthorized to practice law198003/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional CommissionMemberN/A
Kiwanis Club of RoanokePast PresidentN/A
Foundation for Roanoke ValleyDirectorN/A
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of the Blue RidgeDirectorN/A
Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsMemberN/A
Ferrum College Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Roanoke College Planned Giving Advisory BoardMemberN/A
Roanoke Valley Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Virginia Law FoundationMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationPast Board of GovernorsN/A
Better Business BureauMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and MaryLawMaster of Law and Taxation1983
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Douglas W. Conner 32nd Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Administration SeminarCurrent Ethical Issues Facing the Estate Planning Attorney - Part 22011
BreakfastCurrent Issues and Opportunities for the Donor in Charitable Giving2010
0th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Administration SeminarEthics Update2009