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- The Rohrstaff Law Firm
- 277 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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She was one of about 600 lawyers from around the country who volunteered to represent victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks obtain compensation from the Victims Compensation Fund established by the U.S. Congress. There was so little that anyone could do to ease the pain of the victims and their families, and she was glad to be able to help them through the process without being paid a fee.
Such volunteerism is not unusual for Ms. Rohrstaff. She has volunteered at homeless shelters, taught English to adult immigrants, and has served for many years as guardian for indigent adults who are unable to care for themselves.
Throughout her career, she has been committed to making the profession better. She served a three-year term as an invited faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, a mandadtory annual seminar put on by the Virginia State Bar for new Virginia lawyers. She is a Past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, where she has taught at seminars and served on the faculty of the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy. Since 1996, she has served on its Board of Governors. She is a member of the faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College that is held annually at the University of Virginia Law School.
Ms. Rohrstaff also serves on the Boyd-Graves Conference, a group of judges and preeminent lawyers from around the Commonwealth who are invited to meet and review the law and suggest ways to improve the law for the citizens of Virginia. She is a Past President of the Foundation of the Alexandria Bar Association, an organization that develops programs that benefit citizens, and of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She is an invited Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, an organization that has provided thousands of dollars of funds to further the rule of law in Virginia.
Ms. Rohrstaff has written extensively and made numerous presentations to both lawyers and paralegals as part of her commitment to maintaining quality in the profession and providing clients with excellent service. She also is a member of the American Association for Justice, a national group of lawyers who are devoted to protecting individual rights and preserving the civil jury system in America.
Sandra graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (which explains why Texas-sounding words occasionally spill out) and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is married, has two adult children and two incredible twin grandchildren.
Hiett v. Lake Barcroft Community Association, 244 Va. 191, 418 S.E.2d 894 (1992)(with Bernard S. Cohen, Esq.)
Represented plaintiff, who was rendered quadriplegic in an athletic event. Trial court dismissed his claim because he had signed the required entry form releasing the sponsor from liability for its negligence in causing plaintiff’s injury. The Virginia Supreme Court affirmed its 100-year-old ruling that such agreements violate public policy and are void, allowing her client’s case to proceed.
Brown v. Trans World Airways, 127 F.3d 337 (4th Cir. 1997)
Collective bargaining agreement that required arbitration of disputes between the union, employee and employer did not apply to the employee’s statutory claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, and her claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could proceed in the trial court.