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Paul C. Kuhnel

1800 Wells Fargo Tower
Drawer 1200
Roanoke, Virginia 24006
Phone:  540.510.3051
Fax:  540.510.3050


Mr. Kuhnel is a seasoned trial attorney with considerable first chair jury experience who has been involved in numerous reported verdicts in various venues in commercial, personal injury, and managed care litigation. His commercial practice focuses on an array of contract, trade secret, FDCPA and class action claims. His professional liability practice, includes the defense of various healthcare providers, including hospitals, physicians, pharmacists and nursing homes, as well as accountants and engineers. He has also represented individuals and corporations in commercial disputes involving insurance coverage matters, E&O litigation, as well as brokers in both the financial and real estate industries.

Mr. Kuhnel regularly lectures on ethics as a member of the VSB Professionalism Course Faculty and has authored numerous articles, including co-authoring the 1st chapter of the VA CLE Volume, Insurance Law.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Roanoke, Virginia, January 2011 – Present
  • WootenHart PLC, Roanoke, Virginia, May 1995 – December 2010
  • Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove, Roanoke, Virginia, 1991 - 1995
  • McGuire, Woods, Battle & Booth, 1987 - 1991

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Board Memberships

  • Project Access of the Roanoke Valley, Board of Directors, 2012-Present
  • History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia: President, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999


  • Recognized as a "Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, Mass., 2014
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2013–2019
  • Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Transportation Law by American Lawyer magazine, Corporate Counsel magazine and the National Law Journal, 2013
  • President, ABOTA, Virginia Chapter, 2011–2012
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2009–2018
  • Chairman, Medical Malpractice Section, VADA, 2009–2010

Related Industries


  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., American Studies, with honors, College of William & Mary, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit