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Roger C. Wiley

Office: (804) 780-3143


Roger Wiley's public service began with two years in the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, and another year as an assistant state attorney general handling highway and transportation issues. He then served nearly 14 years as Charlottesville's full-time city attorney, followed by 3 years in a local government-oriented private practice in that city. Roger then returned to state government and served 5 years as Senior Assistant Attorney General for Opinions and Local Government. He has lectured extensively on Virginia's Conflict of Interest and Freedom of Information Acts, and is the author of publications about the latter statute as well as articles on other topics related to the firm's practice area.


  • Graduate of Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Virginia
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1967
  • University of Virginia Law School, J.D., 1973


  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia
  • Past member, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Local Government Section
  • Founding Member and Past President, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.
  • State Senate appointee to Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council, 1999-2009
  • Served on Virginia Code Commission Task Force to Revise Title 15.1
  • Faculty member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course

Selected Publications/Presentations

·       The Role of the Local Government Attorney: Guardrails, Not Roadblocks.

By Roger C. Wiley

This article first appeared in the February, 2005 issue of The Bill of Particulars, the monthly newsletter of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. It was later republished in Municipal Attorney (vol. 46, no. 4), the bimonthly magazine of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. 

The Local Government Officials' Guide to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

By Roger C. Wiley

The Local Government Officials' Guide to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act was first issued in 1996. This 6th edition of the guide, published in 2018, has been rewritten and expanded to include all of the changes to the act effective July 1, 2017.

This guide explains the Virginia Freedom of Information Act in a clear, readable format of over 100 questions and answers. Information is arranged under six broad categories.

  • Who is covered by the act?
  • What is considered a public 'meeting'?
  • When are closed meetings permissible?
  • To what public records does the act apply?
  • What happens if someone violates the act?
  • What are other sources of FOIA information?

The guide gives public officials the knowledge they need to ensure that public business is carried out with public access, to the fullest extent permissible under the law.

The guide is indispensable-not only for Virginia's elected and appointed government officials-also for all Virginia citizens who care about good government.

46 pages, soft cover, $8.00 regular price, $7.00 for 25 or more. Price includes shipping and handling.  .  You can order the FOIA Guide here:


  • Past member, Board of Management Downtown Richmond YMCA, current member
  • Historic Fan District Association, Richmond, VA, former president


  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia: Edward J. Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service, 1994
  • Virginia State Bar: Tradition of Excellence Award, 2008
  • Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, 2009
  • Recognized as “Best Lawyer in America” in Municipal Law