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Leigh R. Strelka

Phone: (540) 283-0802

Hailing from Dublin, Virginia, Linda Leigh Rhoads Strelka received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee.  After graduating law school, Leigh served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable James C. Turk in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Upon finishing her first federal trial clerkship, Leigh completed a second clerkship as a pro se law clerk supervised by the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  

Following her clerkships, Leigh gained invaluable experience representing corporate defendants for a large regional law firm.  Leigh's experience working on "the other side of the court room" provided her with special insight that has been incorporated into the representation of every client we serve.  Her knowledge of corporate employment defense is a powerful tool in navigating this complex area of the law. 

As one of only a handful of attorneys in the Roanoke area who vigorously represents employees in claims against employers, Leigh has handled numerous employment-related claims originating from age discrimination, race discrimination, discrimination based upon an employee's disability, unpaid wages and overtime compensation, and sexual harassment. Read about her notable cases.

Education

  • University of Tennessee, B.A.
  • University of Tennessee School of Law, J.D.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Virginia Bar (includes all Virginia state courts)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association 
  • Member Ted Dalton Inn of Court

Awards and Recognition

  • Ms. Strelka has been listed as a “Rising Star” in the area of employment litigation in Super Lawyers magazine in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • In 2010, Leigh was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference. 
  • Leigh has served as President of the Roanoke chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.
  • In 2015 and 2017, Ms. Strelka was listed in Virginia Business Magazine among the Legal Elite in Employment Law.

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