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    January Meeting - Legal Update

    Date: January 22, 2019, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Holiday Inn Valley View

    Program Immediately Following Lunch

    Approved for 1.0 hours SHRM and HRCI General Credits
    $20.00/Members $25.00/Non-Members
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    Legal Update


    Please join us for a special legal update! This will be an open forum meeting with an attorney panel discussing and answering Human Resources related questions and concerns from the audience. RVSHRM members will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the meeting and will also be able to share questions during the session.  Don’t miss your chance to engage in a great discussion on recent developments and changes in employment law that could impact your organization.

    About Our Speakers

    Lindsey A. Coley, Esq.

    Coley Law Firm

    Lindsey A. Coley was a partner with a large law firm in Roanoke before opening her own law practice at Smith Mountain Lake in 2018.  In 2017, Lindsey was named to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming Lawyer” list, a distinction awarded to only fifteen attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She was voted “Young Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 by the Roanoke Bar Association.  Lindsey has also been recognized as a Virginia Rising Star for eight years (2011-2018) by Virginia Super Lawyer.   

    Lindsey serves as outside general counsel to local small businesses, and she frequently lectures on how companies can comply with employment laws.  She regularly advises clients on issues such as overtime, leaves of absence, affirmative action compliance and termination of employees.  Lindsey also drafts employment contracts, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks and severance agreements. 

    In addition to corporate and employment matters, Lindsey’s practice also focuses on wills, trusts and probate matters, as well as representing executors, administrators and trustees regarding the administration of trusts and estates. 

    As an active member of the community, Lindsey is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management (RVSHRM) and Lake Christian Ministries.  Additionally, Lindsey provides pro-bono legal assistance to clients of Blue Ridge Legal Services and coordinated volunteers for the Pro-Bono Hotline for several years.  She also chaired the Wills for Heroes Program in Roanoke 2010, through which local first responders received free Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.

    Lindsey currently lives in Huddleston with her husband, Joe, and their four children


    • Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (Board Member 2011-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors, Lake Christian Ministries (2018-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2016-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors for Bethlehem Preschool (2018-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors, Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management (2011-Present)
    • Former Member, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2013-2017)
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Trust Foundation, Roanoke Valley, Inc. (2009-2012)
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Graduate, Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute – Certificate in Professional Leadership
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Volunteer, Blue Ridge Legal Services Pro-Bono Hotline; Chair (2009-2018)
    • Committee Member, American Cancer Society Cure By Design Event (2016-Present)
    • Member, Franklin County Human Resource Association (2016-Present)
    • Chair, Wills for Heroes (2010)
    • Co-Chair, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference (2008-2009)
    • Co-Chair, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Women and Minorities in the Law Commission (2009-2010)


    • Named “Young Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 by the Roanoke Bar Association
    • Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer,” a distinction awarded to only fifteen attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia (2017)
    • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2018)
    • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for co-chairing the 2009 Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2009 and 2010)


    Tom Winn

    Woods Rogers Attorneys At Law




















    Catherine Huff

    Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP

    Catherine's practive focuses on labor and employment, professional liability and workers' compensation.  She also advises businesses in the restuarant industry on employment matters.  Cate has tried a number of cases in both state and federal trial courts and has extensive experience with motions practice.  Cate regularly speaks and conducts training on a variety of employment and workers' compensation issues in and outside of Virginia.  She received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and her J.D. from Liberty University.


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