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N. Pendleton Rogers

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.916.7144
Fax:  804.916.7244


Mr. Rogers is a tax and business lawyer who leads the firm's corporate services and taxation teams. He focuses his practice on federal, state, local and international taxation matters, with emphasis on business transactions and planning, tax controversy work and tax-exempt organizations. He has extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, financings and international investments, including transactions in the financial services, energy, publishing, aggregates, healthcare, real estate, life sciences, media, telecommunications, specialty food and specialty chemicals industries. He also handles transactions involving historic, alternative energy and low-income housing tax credits, state & local economic development incentives and compliance issues. His corporate counsel experience includes projects in governance, compensation & benefits, risk management and government relations.

Mr. Rogers also handles tax controversy matters before administrative agencies and judicial tribunals, including favorable resolution of numerous tax audits of income, estate, personal property, real property, business license and sales and use tax disputes. He also provides legislative representation before the Virginia General Assembly, the United States Congress and local governing bodies, including successful advocacy of tax incentives for companies expanding their operations in Virginia and numerous sales and property tax exemption matters.

In his representation of tax-exempt organizations, Mr. Rogers counsels numerous entities on organizational and operational issues. His non-profit clients have included a statewide historic preservation organization, a preschool, a private secondary school, an educational foundation, a nonpartisan political advocacy group and a web-based campaign finance information provider.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2004 – present
  • Troutman Sanders LLP (formerly Mays & Valentine), Richmond, Virginia, 1993 – 2004
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Senior Assistant Attorney General for Taxation and Finance, Richmond, Virginia, 1991 – 1993
  • Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody), Washington, D.C., 1985 – 1991
  • Finalco, Inc., Assistant General Counsel, McLean, Virginia, 1984 – 1985
  • Windels Marx Davies & Ives (now Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf), New York, NY and Washington, D.C., 1981 – 1984
  • Credit Lyonnais – U. S. Branches, Tax Counsel, New York, NY, 1978 – 1981

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Section on Taxation: State & Local Tax Committee, Capital Recovery & Leasing Committee
  • Virginia State Bar: Tax Section (Chair 2001–2003)
  • Virginia Bar Association: Tax Section (Council Member, 2005–present)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association: Tax Section
  • Private Business Study Group, Richmond, Virginia (Convenor, 2009–2010)
  • National Association of Property Tax Attorneys (NAPTA), Virginia Member  


  • Named Best Lawyers' Richmond, VA Litigation & Controversy - Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2013, 2016 & 2019
  • Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions" by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines, 2013
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law and Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2006–2019
  • Listed by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer for Tax Law, 2006–2018 (Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2011, Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers, 2012)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Leadership Metro Richmond (Class of 2002)
  • Trustee, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (1991–1994, 2004–2007)
  • President, Associated Alumni, The University of the South (1991–1993)
  • Vestry, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia (1999–2003)
  • Director, The READ Center, Richmond, Virginia (1998–2001)
  • Founding Trustee, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Richmond, Virginia (2000–2006; 2009–2013)
  • Ethics Commission, City of Annapolis, Maryland (1983–1988)

Related Industries


  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1979
  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., English, cum laude, The University of the South, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York