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James W. Jennings is a trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in civil litigation in both federal and state court. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, defending personal injury and product liability actions, toxic torts and FELA.


He has handled a wide range of cases for industrial, transportation, local government and commercial clients throughout Virginia and in neighboring states. He is a past president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), comprised of selected trial lawyers from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Virginia chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


His previous awards include the Defense Research Institute’s Exceptional Service Award and election to the Virginia Law Foundation. James has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Chambers and as a Legal Elite in Virginia Business.


The Texas native received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington and Lee University. After finishing college in 1965, he served in the United States Navy and returned to the law school, where he served as an editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif and graduated magna cum laude.


His community contributions are many. He serves on Averett University’s Board of Trustees and has served on the boards of directors of Downtown Roanoke, Inc., Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Opera Roanoke and many others.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

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


VAAuthorized to practice law197203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Leading LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1973 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
America Inns of CourtMasterN/A
Washington & Lee School of LawLaw CouncilN/A
Municipal Liability ReporterBoard of EditorsN/A
Defense Council JournalBoard of EditorsN/A
Association International de Droit des AssurancesN/AN/A
International Association of Defense CouncilMemberN/A
National Association of Railroad Trial CounselMemberN/A
Virginia Law FoundationFellowN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Roanoke City Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2004
Association of Defense Trial AttorneysPresident2001 - 2002
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident of Virginia Chapter1995 - 1996
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysPresident1988 - 1989
Virginia Bar AssociationPast Chairman1982 - 1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Washington and Lee UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarAddressing Sexual Assault on Campus2011