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Tom Winn represents management in the full range of labor and employment law issues. Tom represents employers in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He also handles labor arbitrations, negotiations, strike-related activities and other issues under collective bargaining agreements.


Tom counsels management in union avoidance campaigns, and regularly handles litigation before the National Labor Relations Board.


In addition, Tom advises and trains management clients on workplace issues ranging from employee handbooks and agreements, discipline and discharge issues, ADA and FMLA compliance, workplace harassment and discrimination, substance abuse, affirmative action policies, and unfair competition issues. He’s a frequent contributor to the annual Woods Rogers Labor & Employment Seminar series.


Tom has been recognized for excellence in labor and employment by Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Business and Super Lawyers Magazine. Tom is a past chairman of the Employment Law Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles in various publications, including The Journal of Civil Litigation and The University of Richmond Law Review. Tom is co-author of Labor & Employment Law In Virginia: A Business Guide For Employers, a book published through the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.


Tom graduated from Duke University and cum laude from the University of Richmond’s law school where he was a member of the McNeill Law Society. His community involvement has included the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Opera Roanoke and Pathfinders for Greenways and DePaul Community Resources, among many others.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    4 years


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ste 1400, 10 S. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 14125
Roanoke, VA, 24038-4125


VAAuthorized to practice law199303/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2011
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2008
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2006
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2005
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2005
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2004
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoods Rogers, PLC1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State BarBar Exam Grader2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Roanoke Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Roanoke Society for Human Resource ManagementMemberN/A
New River Valley Society for Human Resource ManagementMemberN/A
Appalachian Society for Human Resource ManagementMemberN/A
Roanoke Regional Chamber of CommerceLeadership Roanoke ValleyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tanaka v. ITT Corporation and IBEW, Local 1260 (AFL-CIO), 2007 WL 3129518 (D.Hawaii 2007)N/A
Hale v. Broadspire Services, Inc., 232 Fed.Appx. 278, 2007 WL 1455142 (4th Cir. 2007)N/A
Darden v. Cardinal Travel Center, 493 F.Supp.2d 773 (W.D.Va. 2007)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
NewsletterImpact of Health Care Reform on Employers and Healthcare Providers2010
Virginia Chamber of Commerce Legal Reference SeriesLabor and Employment Law in Virginia2010
University of Richmond Law Review, 35 U. Rich. L. Rev 725 (2001)Annual Survey of Virginia Law (Labor and Employment)2001
University of Richmond Law Review, 34 U. Rich.L.Rev. 907 (2000);"Annual Survey of Virginia Law (Labor and Employment Law)2000
Journal of Civil Litigation, 12 J.Civ. Litig. 273 (Fall 2000);Defending Employment Discrimination Claims After the Supreme Court's Decision in Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc.2000
Journal of Civil Litigation, 12 J. Civ. Litig. 1 (Spring 2000)The Supreme Court of Virginia Opens the Back Door for Public Policy Discriminatory Discharge Claims2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Duke UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appalachian Chapter MeetingRecent Developments in Employment Law2012
Triad EAC Chapter MeetingFMLA/FLSA2011
Radio InterviewSocial Media Issues2011
Radio InterviewSocial Media Issues2011
Annual Labor & Employment SeminarPearls of Wisdom2011
Annual Compliance SeminarHR Compliance2011
41st Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawDrafting Effective Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, and Non-Disclosure Agreements2011
Roanoke ConferenceLabor & Employment Law2010
Roanoke Chapter MeetingDiversity in the Workplace2010
New River Valley Chapter MeetingFLSA2010