Notable Cases

Strelka Law Office attorneys 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 be 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.  The case is notable for surviving a motion to dismiss because Tommy Strelka was able to make a high ranking employee admit to wrongdoing as noted in the federal judge's written decision. 
  • 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.  The cases were notable both due to the extreme evidence uncovered and the subsequent overhaul of the offices.  
  • 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.
  • In 2015, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported on a veteran's rights case in which the Roanoke Circuit Court Judge compelled the Roanoke County Sheriff's office to produce electronically stored information related to the allegations of wrongful termination.  This case has been considered a benchmark in the production of digital information in the state of Virginia. 
  • In 2016, a CBS affiliate interviewed Tommy Strelka regarding Haynes and James v. Asplundh, a case in which a supervisor brandished an assault rifle at two minority employees. 
  • In 2017, Strelka Law Office represented a former law professor in a Title IX and Title VII suit against the Appalachian School of Law. The matter received national news coverage and is notable for the extension of Title IX protections to faculty. 
  • In 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Dunn v. Millirons, that a sheriff could not be shielded by immunity and that a sheriff's deputy could advance wrongful termination claims against the sheriff. 
  • In 2017, Virginia Lawyers Weekly published an article on a landmark employment defamation case in which a former employee of a private enterprise sued the state of Virginia for defamation that led to her termination.  The case was Hiatt v. Commonwealth and stands as the only time a citizen of Virginia sued the state of Virginia for defamation and won.  The jury awarded the plaintiff a judgment higher than the cap of the Virginia Torts Claims Act.  
  • In 2018, in Craig v. Bedford County, a federal judge in Lynchburg, Virginia ruled that a former Director of the County could proceed to a jury trial on a 1st Amendment violation of retaliation/wrongful termination.  The matter settled thereafter. 
  • In 2018, As reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a federal judge issued a landmark opinion in a Strelka Law Office case.  In Spencer v. Bedford County, Judge Norman K. Moon wrote that Ms. Spencer had sufficiently plead counts of Title VII discrimination and retaliation after her wrongful termination from the Bedford Police Department.  This case joins others across the nation that have expanded civil rights in the workplace.  The article on  the case may be read HERE.

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.
  • Beginning in 2015 and extending through 2017, various media outlets reported on Dunn v. Millirons, 7:14-cv-00429, a federal 1st Amendment retaliation case in which the plaintiff alleged that he had been fired for engaging in federally protected free speech.
  • Beginning in 2016 and extending through 2018, various media outlets reported on Craig v. Bedford County et al., 5:17-cv-00028, a federal case of 1st Amendment retaliation and due process claims.  

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, No. 0602-13-3, 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 240 (Ct. App. Aug. 27, 2013).
  • Martin v. Yokohama Tire Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161228.
  • Lindsey v. Alliant Techsystems, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97116.
  • Dunn v. Millirons, 176 F. Supp. 3d 591 (WDVA 2016).
  • English v. Commonwealth, 58 Va. App. 711, 715 S.E.2d 391 (2011).
  • McKinley v. Salvation Army, 192 F. Supp. 3d 678 (W.D. Va. 2016). 
  • Wagoner v. Lewis Gale Medical Center, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169129 (W.D. Va. Dec. 7, 2016).
  • Melerski v. Commonwealth,  2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2918 (W.D. Va. Jan. 11, 2016).
  • Atkins v. VDOT, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16578 (W.D. Va. Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Wolf v. VDOT, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16728 (W.D. Va. Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Reed v. Dept. of Corrections, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16728 (W.D. Va. Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Maristela v. Va. Bd. of Nursing, 2010 Va. App. LEXIS 457 (Ct. App. Nov. 23, 2010).
  • Carter v. Dept. of Games and Inland Fisheries,  2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161496 (E.D. Va. Sep. 29, 2017).
  • Hooper v. BWXT, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152965 (W.D. Va. Nov. 3, 2016).
  • Branscome v. Va. Dept. of Env. Quality, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179012 (W.D. Va. Oct. 30, 2017).
  • Bennett v. OmniSource Corp. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149262 (W.D. Va. Nov. 4, 2015).
  • Cash v. Magic City Motor Corp., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8128 (W.D. Va. Jan. 20, 2017).
     
     

THE CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. PAST CASE RESULTS OR SUCCESSES DO NOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE A SIMILAR RESULT.