Lutins & Pilgreen, PC
Roanoke Family Law And Criminal Defense
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J. Emmette Pilgreen IV

  • Managing Partner


Roanoke, VA



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

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

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
  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Administration and Accounting

Representative Cases

  • Layman v. Layman, 488 SE2d 658, 25Va App 365, 1997, Virginia Court of Appeals
  • Barton v. Barton, 522 SE2d 373, 31 Va App 175, 1999, Virginia Court of Appeals

Classes / Seminars

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

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