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John T. Jessee

1800 Wells Fargo Tower
Drawer 1200
Roanoke, Virginia 24006
Phone:  540.510.3018
Fax:  540.510.3050


After graduating Order of the Coif from Washington & Lee University School of Law, John Jessee began his legal career as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Judge John A. Field, Jr., Judge 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Jessee entered private practice in Roanoke, Virginia in 1980.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Jessee has directed much of his practice to the defense of medical professionals. He has tried medical malpractice and health law related cases in Virginia and West Virginia. He has been involved in over 100 medical malpractice trials, including the successful defense of an orthopedic spine surgeon, who was named as a defendant in over 50 cases.

Mr. Jessee was selected as a top civil litigator in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite”. Additionally, he has been selected as one of the Outstanding Lawyers in America™, Virginia Super Lawyers, as well as one of The Best Lawyers in America® from 2005 – 2010 for Business Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation, and from 2011 – 2012 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. In 2016, John was selected to the class of 2016 Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Media.

Mr. Jessee is actively involved in bar associations and community activities. He has served as president of Mill Mountain Theatre, Opera Roanoke, the Julian Stanley Wise Foundation, Concord University Foundation and the Southwest Virginia Historical Society. Mr. Jessee is currently a member of the Virginia Bar Association Judiciary Committee and Boyd-Graves Conference.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Roanoke, Virginia, 1996 – present
  • Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove (now Woods Rogers), 1980 – 1996
  • Law Clerk, Honorable John A. Field, Jr., 1979 – 1980

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Inns of Court (Master)
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Omicron Delta Kappa


  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2005–2019
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015, 2018 Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" for Roanoke, VA
  • Recognized as Leaders in the Law, class of 2016 by Virginia Lawyers Media 
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2006–2018  
  • Listed among the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for Civil Litigation and Health Law, 2011-2014
  • Named Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants in Roanoke for 2018 


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1979
  • summa cum laude, Concord College, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1979
  • West Virginia, 1980