J. Emmette Pilgreen IV

J. Emmette Pilgreen IV

Managing Partner
Roanoke, Virginia

Attorney Emmette Pilgreen is a litigator who represents clients in divorce and criminal defense cases. Emmette graduated with a degree in business and accounting from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1990. He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina in 1993.

While attending law school, Emmette was the Associate Editor-In-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and taught Legal Writing at the University of South Carolina.

Emmette has over 20 years of experience handling cases in all courts in Virginia. He provides aggressive and intelligent representation to all of his clients. He has represented his clients in multi million dollar divorce cases and defended other clients against murder and rape charges. Emmette seeks the best results for his clients and is always ready to go to trial when the opposition is unwilling to give his clients everything they deserve.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Family Law
  • 25% Criminal Law
  • 5% Personal Injury
  • 5% Estate Planning
  • 5% General Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Law Review: South Carolina Law Review, Associate Editor In Chief, 1991 - 1993
  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Administration and Accounting


  • Legal Writing Instructor, University of South Carolina, 1992 - 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar , Member, 1993 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1994 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer Coach, 2001 - 2012
  • Roanoke City Youth Athletic Council, 2009 - 2012