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William Poff dead at 79

Leading Virginia trial lawyer William B. Poff of Roanoke died Wednesday morning after a long illness.

Mr. Poff had been a “role model for lawyers all over this state for more than five decades,” said Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne of Richmond, speaking at a ceremony in April.

Payne helped to honor Mr. Poff with the Roger D. Groot Professionalism Award from the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court in Salem.

Mr. Poff served as president of the Virginia State Bar in 1981-82 and was a Master in the American Inns of Court. He served on the board of governors of the American Bar Association. He received the 2008 Frank W. “Bo” Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Roanoke Bar Association.

He worked at the Roanoke firm of Woods Rogers from 1959 until his death, reports The Roanoke Times.

Mr. Poff had an “extraordinary gift to speak to jurors at any level,” said Roanoke U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson at the April event.

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  1. This is a great loss for the legal community, but Bill leaves a great legacy for those whose lives he touched. He was a true and generous gentleman, a great and ethical lawyer, and dear friend to many of us. He will be missed.

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