Notable Cases

Attorneys Tommy Strelka and Leigh Strelka have represented individuals in hundreds of varied cases. Many employment law matters result in settlement agreements featuring confidentiality clauses. Therefore, the details of many successful cases may not been expounded upon. That said, the following cases were publicly reported by various media outlets:

Employment and Labor Law

  • In 2012, the Roanoke Times featured a front-page piece on the federal age-discrimination case Phillips v. Stellar One Bank, 7:11-cv-00440.
  • In 2013, the Roanoke Times reported on a jury trial that Tommy Strelka won representing a woman who alleged that her public defender sexually abused her in jail. Frith v. Armstrong, Roanoke County Circuit Court, Case No. CL10000378-00.
  • In 2014, the Richmond Times Dispatch and Roanoke Times reported on two racial discrimination cases,Atkins v. VDOT, 1:13-cv-00057 and Wolfe v. VDOT, 2:13-cv-00038, in which the Strelkas represented prevailing parties in Title VII actions against VDOT.
  • In 2014, Virginia Lawyers Weekly profiled a case in which the Strelkas won a Title VII jury trial for a female corrections officer who alleged to have been terminated from the Department of Corrections after complaining about her supervising officer's unwanted sexual advances. Reed v. DOC, 7:13-cv-00543.

1st Amendment / Freedom of Speech

  • In 2010, Tommy successfully represented a community civil rights advocate who was sued by a police officer after the individual made remarks at a city council meeting criticizing the local police department's allegedly racist practices. Hicks v. Omar, Roanoke City Circuit, Case No. CL10-1570. Tommy asserted 1st Amendment protections and the matter was ultimately dismissed.
  • In 2012 and 2013 the Washington Post and the Roanoke Times published a series of articles based upon five environmental activists who were criminally charged for protesting against the destruction of a rare old growth swath of forest located adjacent to the Virginia Tech football stadium. Commonwealth v. Paulson, Montgomery County General District Court Case No. GC12021614.
  • In 2012 and 2013, Tommy represented the Sons of Confederate Veterans in a suit against the City of Lexington after the City enacted an ordinance that would prevent the organization from flying their flag at an event when the City had permitted other organizations to do so in the past. The case was heard in the Unites States District Court and Tommy also argued the case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Sons of Confederate Veterans v. City of Lexington, 722 F.3d 224 (4th Cir. 2013).

Criminal Defense

  • In 2011, Tommy was a member of a three-attorney team appointed to represent a mother charged with the first degree murder of her child. After a five-day jury trial, the judge dismissed the first degree murder charge.Commonwealth v. Lockett, Roanoke City Circuit Court, Case No. CR10001245-00.
  • In 2014, Tommy represented a young man charged with first degree murder following a shooting. The co-defendant agreed to a plea deal with the Commonwealth and was incarcerated. After Tommy refused any plea deal on behalf of his own client, the Commonwealth dropped all charges against the defendant days before the jury trial and the defendant was released from custody. Commonwealth v. Manning, Roanoke City Circuit, Case No. CR13001746.

Other Reported Cases

  • Three Rivers Landing of Gulfport, LP v. Three Rivers Landing, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55871.
  • Huff v. Office of the Sheriff, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12800.
  • Patterson v. Patterson, 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 240.
  • Martin v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161228.
  • Lindsey v. Alliant Techsystems, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97116.