Risa Katz

Risa Katz

Roanoke, Virginia
Risa Katz was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended The Colorado College, studying anthropology and art history. During her time in college, Risa was a competitive member of the Speech and Debate team (qualifying for the AFA National Tournament three years), an officer and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and a Chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Planning Committee. After graduating cum laude with a B.A. from The Colorado College, Risa traded the Rocky Mountains for the Blue Ridge Mountains and moved to Lexington, Virginia, where she attended Washington and Lee University School of Law.

As a law student, Risa was a finalist in Washington and Lee University School of Law’s Representation in Mediation Competition. Additionally, she was the President of the Jewish Law Student’s Association, on the board of OUTLaw (a GLBT and ally organization), a member of the Women’s Law Student Organization, and a Law Ambassador. Risa spent one summer with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Florida working in the Civil Division. She spent another summer with a mid-sized law firm in Charleston, West Virginia, that specialized in civil litigation. After earning her J.D. cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law, Risa spent one year clerking for the five judges of Virginia’s 23rd Judicial Circuit in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and the City of Salem.

Risa is thrilled to have made her home here in the Roanoke area. She serves on the board of the Roanoke chapter of the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association. In her free time, Risa is part of a roller derby team, reads mystery novels, and enjoys cuddling with her cats.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Domestic
  • Custody and Support

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2015


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. cum laude
  • The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • B.A. cum laude
    • Major: Anthropology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Women’s Attorney Association, Officer
  • American Inns of Court, Ted Dalton Chapter
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association