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Victor Cardwell
Labor and Employment

Victor Cardwell is Chair of Woods Rogers’ Labor and Employment Law Section. He practices labor and employment law throughout the U.S., focusing on diversity, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and labor/management relations—including union-organizing campaigns and union-avoidance techniques, and workplace violence.

Victor has significant experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. He offers counsel to executive and human resources managers on a wide range employer concerns—from harassment, sexual orientation/transgender, retaliation, and discrimination, to workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, unfair competition, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, discipline/discharge, and employee leave.

Victor is recognized in industry rankings including Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. He is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation and Labor and Employment. He is listed on the Virginia Super Lawyers roster as well. Virginia Living magazine named him a Legal Eagle and he is a member of the Lorman Education Services “Distinguished Faculty.”

Prior to joining Woods Rogers in 1991, Victor served as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel with the U. S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board. He has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, representing Virginia, and was appointed to the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Victor lends legal counsel to many Roanoke-area nonprofit organizations including the Bradley Free Clinic, Center in the Square, Grandin Theatre Foundation, Mill Mountain Zoo, United Way of Roanoke Valley, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He serves on the board of directors for the Bradley Free Clinic, the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Virginia High School League Foundation and is an active volunteer with Cosmopolitan International.


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia State Bar


  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1987
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1983