Jefferson College Student Named PA Student of the Year

ROANOKE, VA (August 21, 2017) — The Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants (VAPA) has named Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) student Naid Allassan the 2017 PA Student of the Year. This is the second consecutive year a Jefferson College PA student has earned the title. Allassan follows Jefferson PA student Mia McDonald, PA-S, who was named the VAPA Student of the Year in 2016.

Since starting the Master’s level PA program at Jefferson College in August 2016, Allassan has taken on many leadership roles within PA professional organizations. She represents Jefferson College in the Assembly of Representatives of the Student Academy of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In this role, she participates in monthly conference calls with representatives from PA programs throughout the nation.

She planned and executed a fundraiser to help mitigate the costs of attending the national AAPA conference. This helped to limit the financial barrier that 12 of her classmates faced when deciding whether to participate in the national conference.

Allassan is involved with several AAPA caucuses including the African Heritage Caucus of AAPA, the Fellowship of Christian PAs, and Physician Assistants in Research. She volunteered on the floor of the House of Delegates, and was presented two awards from the AAPA for outstanding student leadership and for overcoming adversity.

One of Naid’s passions is advocacy, and in the past year, she has participated in VAPA’s and the Medical Society of Virginia’s White Coats on Call event and traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health. She has created her own committee within our PA Student society and organizes monthly events to help boost student morale. Naid is very involved in her community and since starting at Jefferson PA program, she has volunteered over 100 hours with various organizations in the Roanoke Valley including the Bradley Free Clinic, the Rescue Mission Free Clinic, Healing Strides of Virginia and the Roanoke Homeless Assistance Team.

In August 2017, she participated in a medical mission trip to Lome, Togo for two weeks for a vaccination clinic at Canaan Children’s Village orphanage. Naid is fluent in four languages, and she has spent several months studying medical terminology in the Togolese native language of Ewe to provide more meaningful healthcare.


31 Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America©

ROANOKE, Va., (August 17, 2017) — Best Lawyers in America®  today announced its list of 2018 Best Lawyers in America and 31 Woods Rogers attorneys are included. More than half of the firm’s principals and of-counsel attorneys are ranked, including two attorneys who have been selected for this list for more than 25 consecutive years— Talfourd H. Kemper Jr. (30); H. Allen Glover Jr. (25); and Heman A. Marshall III (25).  Two attorneys, Thomas T. Cullen, and J. Benjamin Rottenborn, are listed for the first time. By office location and practice, the entire Woods Rogers list of Best Lawyers in America for 2018 is:


Thomas R. Bagby, (15), Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

Stan Barnhill (20), Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Litigation-Construction; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

Neil V. Birkhoff (10), Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Victor O. Cardwell (10), Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

Claude D. Carter (10), Real Estate Law

Francis H. Casola (5), Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Real Estate

Agnis C. Chakravorty (10), Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

George J.A. Clemo (10), Administrative/Regulatory Law; Corporate Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Nicholas C. Conte (10), Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law

Thomas T. Cullen, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Bradley W. Fitzgerald (10), Transportation Law

Frank K. Friedman (10), Appellate Practice

Allen Glover Jr (25), Administrative/Regulatory Law; Energy Law

James W. Jennings (20), Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Railroad Law

Neal Keesee (10), Corporate Law

Talfourd H. Kemper Sr. (30), Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Trusts and Estates

Alton L. Knighton Jr., (20), Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law

Mark D. Loftis (10), Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Technology Law

Heman A. Marshall III (25), Antitrust Law; Health Care Law; Litigation-Health Care

Richard C. Maxwell (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy

Lee E. Osborne (20), Trusts and Estates

Thomas T. Palmer (10), Health Care Law

Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow (5), Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants

Matthew P. Pritts (10), Railroad Law; Transportation Law

Benjamin Rottenborn, Litigation-Patent

Alexander I. Saunders (15), Corporate Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Christopher W. Stevens (5), Insurance Law

Daniel C. Summerlin (5), Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

King F. Tower (10), Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management

Thomas M. Winn III (10), Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

Dudley F. Woody (5), Employment Law-Management

Clients and legal professionals regard a listing in Best Lawyers  as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable source of legal referrals anywhere.


22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America©

22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America©

ROANOKE, Va. (August 15, 2017) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2018 edition), a national legal ranking. Attorneys were nominated by their peers and recognized for their outstanding professional achievement in several legal practice areas, including appellate practice, banking and finance law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense, employment law, insurance law, medical malpractice law, tax law, trusts and estates, and more.

In addition, Anthony M. Russell was named Best Lawyers 2018 Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in Roanoke.

Of the firm attorneys listed in the Best Lawyers in America, six have been on the list for at least 20 years.

The 2018 Best Lawyers in America list is based on more than 7.4 million evaluations and recognizes more than 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas. In its 24th edition, Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the US.

Attorneys listed include:



Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Welcomes Brian Rust, REALTOR®

Smith Mountain Lake, VA (August 2017) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate is pleased to welcome Brian Rust, REALTOR® to the team. Brian has a deep connection to Smith Mountain Lake. He brings extensive knowledge of the lake and surrounding areas to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, not to mention more than 28 years of experience as an active licensed REALTOR®.

Brian and his wife, fellow Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake agent Genie Rust, first visited Smith Mountain Lake in the mid-1970s, and they fell in love with it. Occasional visits became more frequent and soon confirmed their desire to one day live at the lake, a dream that was realized in 2001. The pair have cultivated many contacts while working locally in real estate for the past 16 years.

“I look forward to the technology and recognition Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices offers, as well as working with a great group of agents and staff at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate,” Brian said. When time allows, he enjoys boating and golf.

“Brian is a valuable asset to our team,” said Cathie Daniel, principal broker. “We are so fortunate to bring on board such an experienced, devoted agent, and we’re certain that his past successes will multiply here.”

Whether you are a friend, a past client or completely new to the lake, Brian invites you to contact him in his new position at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate and let him put his talent, experience and dedication to work for you.


CowanPerry Attorneys named 2018 Best Lawyers® in America: 

Congratulations to our following attorneys at CowanPerry who have been named 2018 Best Lawyers® in America: 

James K. Cowan, Jr. – Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment

David E. Perry – Employment Benefits (ERISA Law), Real Estate Law and Tax Law

Douglas W. Densmore – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Tara A. Branscom – Trademark Law