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R. Lucas Hobbs

  • Shareholder


Bristol, Virginia





Mr. Hobbs, a former federal prosecutor, represents clients on a variety of legal matters, with a focus on litigation in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. His litigation experience includes a number of jury trials, as well as complex bench trials. He also assists clients with their estate planning and estate administration needs, and represents a number of governmental organizations. Mr. Hobbs is licensed to practice in all the state and federal courts of Virginia, the state courts of Tennessee, and the Eastern District of Tennessee, as well as before the Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to joining Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C., Mr. Hobbs also practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Glen M. Williams, senior district court judge for the Western District of Virginia, and to the Honorable Cynthia D. Kinser, justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Mr. Hobbs received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, where he majored in communication and political science, in 1995. He received his legal education at the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 1998.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hobbs is active in a number of bar associations, and serves on the board of several non-profit charitable organizations in Southwest Virginia.  He serves as the Vice President of Bristol Baseball, Inc., which operates a minor league baseball team in Bristol. He also previously served on the Virginia Historical Records Advisory Board. In his spare time, Mr. Hobbs enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, tennis, amateur radio, and gardening.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning/Administration
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Election Law
  • Media Law
  • Health Law

Litigation Percentage

65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1998
  • Tennessee, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2005
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2002
  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 05/1998
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 05/1995
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Top Graduating Journalism Student
    • Major: Communication
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases


  • Covering the Courts, 2004 to 2004
  • Tips from a Former Law Clerk, 2001 to 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Sandra P. Thompson Award from the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Chair, District 10, Section II Disciplinary Committee
  • Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Division Executive Committee
  • Virginia Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers' Division ABA Award of Excellence Committee, 2007 to 2007
  • Virginia Bar Association, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers' Division Choose Law Committee
  • Virginia Bar Association, Southwest Virginia Regional Advisory Committee
  • Virginia Historical Records Advisory Board, 2000 to 2003
  • Bristol, Virginia Bar Association, President (2008)
  • Bristol, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board, Member, 07/2012 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia, Assistant United States Attorney, 2003 to 2005
  • Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, P.L.C., Associate, 2000 to 2003
  • Hon. Cynthia D. Kinser, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, Law Clerk, 1999 to 2000
  • Hon. Glen M. Williams, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Law Clerk, 1998 to 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bristol Baseball, Inc., Board of Directors Member; Vice-President, 2011 to Present
  • Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech, Inc., Board of Directors Member, 2008 to Present
  • Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross Board Member, 2008 to Present
  • Bristol Girls, Inc. Board of Trustees Member; Chair or Co-Chair of Finance, Nominating and Public Relations Committees, 2007 to 2012
  • Tennessee High School Mock Trial Team Coach, 2005 to 2009
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Southwest Virginia Chapter, President, 2007 to 2008
  • Lowry Hills Homeowners, Inc., President, 2005 to 2007


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity