Robert F. Rider, PLC
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Robert F. Rider
  • Attorney


Roanoke, VA




After graduating from the University of Richmond Law School in 1970, Bob Rider began his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Roanoke, Virginia. After serving in this role for three years, he became the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Roanoke and served until 1979, resigning to enter private practice. During his years as a prosecutor, he was an active member of the National District Attorneys Association and also served for eight years on the Governor's Council on Criminal Justice.

Since entering private practice in 1979, Bob has focused exclusively on litigation in the limited areas of Criminal Defense. He has been selected to appear in The Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense) since 1989, and Virginia Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Violations

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1970
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney Award
  • Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense) – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • U.S News and World Report Best Law Firms in America – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section, Past Chairman, Board of Governors
  • American Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Governor's Council on Criminal Justice
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • National District Attorneys Association, Past member


  • Sigma Nu
  • Phi Delta Phi