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Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico | Roanoke Virginia Law Firm

Since 1964, Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico has been known throughout the Roanoke community as an honest, respectful and reliable law firm. Built on the idea that clear communication is vital to cultivating quality relationships, our team of professionals are committed to understanding our clients' needs.

We offer considerate and compassionate personal service that can often only be found at a smaller law office, yet we still provide the proficiency, competence and legal resources of a full-service firm.

About Our Respected Roanoke Law Firm

Our law firm was founded with the partnership of John D. Copenhaver and J. Albert "Ab" Ellett. Between 1964 and 1991, they trained a number of young lawyers who eventually became judges, commonwealth attorneys, and respected members of the Roanoke legal community.

Richard L. Derrico was one of those young lawyers, joining the firm in 1991, immediately after he graduated from law school. He married Michelle C. F. Derrico in 1994, and Michelle joined the firm in 2005. John Copenhaver and Ab Ellett passed away, but the firm honors their memory with its commitment to quality, professional representation for our clients. We take pride in being "old-fashioned" general practitioners serving the needs of our clients and their families.

With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, lawyers Michelle C. F. Derrico and Richard L. Derrico have the proven skills and extensive knowledge of Virginia law that is necessary to successfully handle cases involving criminal defense, business law, estate planning and probate law, personal injury, traffic violations, DUI defense and real estate law.

To learn more about the types of cases Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico handles, visit our Practice Areas page.

Giving Back to the Community

We strive to serve charitable and civic organizations as well. We understand our clients are also our neighbors and friends. We are fortunate to be able to contribute our time and effort to numerous community organizations across southwest Virginia, including:

  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • United States Naval Institute
  • Beth Israel Synagogue
  • Refugee & Immigration Services
  • St. Andrews Catholic Church
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • Total Action Against Poverty
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Mary Baldwin College

Our Location

Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico is located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. We are close to both state and federal courthouses, and next to the AEP Building. For directions, visit our Contact page, or call our law office at 540-343-9349.

Contact Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico Today

We invite you to contact our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico regarding your difficult legal matters. Call 540-343-9349, or visit our Contact page to schedule a confidential consultation at our law office in Roanoke, Virginia. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with after hours and weekends by appointment. Ask about our personal injury contingency fees. We serve clients in the Roanoke valley and throughout southwest Virginia. Spanish translation available upon request.