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Hon. Joseph W. Milam, Jr. (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, bankruptcy, business dissolution, condemnation, construction, contracts, defamation, employment, environmental, financial, insurance coverage, intellectual property, local government, professional liability, real property, trusts & estates, and family law including custody & visitation.

Professional Experience

  • Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit of Virginia (City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Franklin County), 2001-2024; Chief Judge, 2009-2011 and 2013-2016.
  • Former Principal, Woods Rogers PLC (now Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC); Served in the firm’s Litigation Section, General Laws Section, and in the Health Law and Intellectual Property Groups.


  • Former Judicial Representative, Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Virginia Bar Association and Virginia State Bar.
  • Former Member, Bench-Bar Relations Committee, Virginia State Bar.
  • Former Court Mentor Judge, appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Former Chair, Judicial Administration Committee, Judicial Council of Virginia.
  • Former Member, Judicial Administration Committee of Virginia Judicial Conference.
  • Former Virginia Delegate, Conference of State Trial Judges, American Bar Association.
  • Former President and Director, Danville Bar Association.
  • Former Executive Committee and Board Member, United Way of Danville.
  • Former President and Board Member, Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc.
  • Former Chairperson and Board Member, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Former President and Board Member, Danville Museum of History & Fine Arts.
  • Former Member, Vocational Education Foundation of Roanoke.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
  • Emory University, B.S.

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