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D. Stan Barnhill has substantial litigation experience representing businesses and persons in breach-of-contract, business torts, construction, professional malpractice and other commercial disputes. His experience also includes representing media outlets in First Amendment, Freedom of Information, reporter privilege and defamation matters. He also represents numerous business owners, contractors and design professions in contract formation 

Stan is a past chair of the Construction Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Litigation Section, the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry.

Stan, with Woods Rogers since 1983, has been recognized for excellence through his annual listing in Best Lawyers in America for First Amendment law, business litigation, construction law, and professional malpractice defense, and is annually listed in Virginia Business’s “Legal Elite” for construction law.

After receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech, Stan earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as lead articles editor of the Law Review.


Contact info

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

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Construction: 10%


Payment types:

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VAAuthorized to practice law198303/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2010
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2009
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State BarPast ChairN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Civil LitigationTelemedicine in Virginia: Some Legal Implications of Care from a Distance2009
University of Richmond Law ReviewAnnual Survey of Construction Law2008
Virginia Bar Association JournalUsing the Statutory Employer Defense to Shield Contractors and Design Professionals2001
Law of Damages in VirginiaConstruction Law Damages2000
Virginia Bar Association JournalDisclaiming the Differing Site Condition Risk1997
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)Intentional Tort Liability and the Economic Loss Rule: Novel Theories to Recover Damages Incurred on the Construction Project1995
University of Richmond Law ReviewAnnual Survey on Construction Law1993
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)Does Virginia's Statute of Repose Apply to Contract Claims?1993
University of Richmond Law ReviewAnnual Survey on Construction Law1991
Washington and Lee Law ReviewAdministering the Death Penalty1982
Washington Law ReviewPrivate Meetings and Good Cause Exceptions: Gulf & Western May Provide the SEC New Tools for Piercing the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1971