"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do."
      - Lou Holtz





Sandra, a native of the Danville-Pittsylvania County community, practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, elder law, traffic law, and personal injury.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia (with Distinction) and the University of Miami School of Law.

Fluent in Spanish, her multicultural background and diverse areas of concentration enable Sandra to offer a comprehensive assessment of her clients' needs, assisting them with the emotional and financial complexities of the law.

Well known in Virginia's mental health community, she has participated in thousands of mental health commitment proceedings since the 1990s and is a lecturer for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training certification for Law Enforcement and Mental Health Communities of Southside Virginia. 

Sandra has been recognized as a 2016 Virginia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Best Lawyers in America 2015 member by Best Lawyers©, and a Legal Elite from 2013 to 2015 by Virginia Business magazine.  Sandra was distinguished as the Virginia Legal Elite Family Law Attorney of 2014, and, in 2013, she was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a Class of 2013 Leader in the Law.

Sandra was appointed to the Virginia State Bar-Supreme Court of Virginia's Professionalism Faculty, in recognition of her commitment to upholding and elevating the highest standards of honor, integrity, and courtesy in the legal profession.

Locally, Sandra serves on the board of directors of Smart Beginnings Early Childhood Education Coalition and as Treasurer of the University of Virginia Club of Southern Virginia.

Past Employment
Woods Rogers, P.C., Principal, 2015-2016; Of Counsel, 2012-2015
Law Office of Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap, P.C., 1995-2012

University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida 1995

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 1992
Honors: With Distinction
Major:  Spanish Linguistics
Minor: Spanish Business

Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap
Vice President and Shareholder
phone: 434-793-8200  |  email: click here
fax:    434-793-8436  |  vCard: click here

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Traffic Law
  • Personal Injury