Exhibit 8.1




[         ], 2023


Atlantic Union Bankshares Corporation

4300 Cox Road

Richmond, Virginia 23060


Re:Merger of American National Bankshares Inc. with and into Atlantic Union Bankshares Corporation


Ladies and Gentlemen:


We have acted as counsel to Atlantic Union Bankshares Corporation, a Virginia corporation (“AUB”), in connection with the proposed merger (the “Merger”) of American National Bankshares Inc., a Virginia corporation (“AMNB”) with and into AUB, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 24, 2023 (the “Agreement”), by and between AUB and AMNB, as described in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. [ ]) (the “Registration Statement”) filed by AUB with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In connection therewith, we prepared the discussion (the “Discussion”) set forth under the caption “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences Relating to the Merger” in the Registration Statement.


In connection with this opinion, we have reviewed (i) the Agreement, (ii) the Registration Statement and (iii) such other records, certificates and other documents, and such questions of law, as we have considered necessary or appropriate for the purposes of this opinion.


We have assumed that all signatures are genuine, that all documents submitted to us as originals are authentic and that all copies of documents submitted to us conform to the originals. We have further assumed, with your permission (to the extent set forth in the representation letters from AUB and AMNB) and without independent investigation, that (i) the Merger will be consummated in the manner described in the Registration Statement and in accordance with the Agreement, (ii) the Merger will be consummated without the waiver of any conditions to any party’s obligations under the Agreement to consummate the Merger and (iii) the covenants set forth in the Agreement will be complied with. We have assumed further the accuracy of the representations set forth in the Agreement and in certificates as to certain factual matters signed by officers of AUB and AMNB. We have also assumed, with your permission and without independent investigation (other than such investigations as we have deemed necessary to fulfill our professional responsibilities as counsel), that, as to all matters in which a person making a representation has represented that such person or a related party is not a party to, does not have, or is not aware of any plan, intention, understanding, or agreement to take action, there is in fact no such plan, intention, understanding, or agreement, and such action will not be taken.







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Based upon and subject to the foregoing, we hereby confirm that the legal statements in the Discussion constitute our opinion with respect to the United States federal income tax law matters referred to therein.


Our opinion expressed herein is subject to the assumptions and qualifications set forth in the Discussion and is based upon existing law, regulations, administrative pronouncements and judicial authority, all as in effect as of today’s date. This opinion is not binding on the Internal Revenue Service or courts. Furthermore, the authorities upon which we rely may be changed at any time, potentially with retroactive effect. No assurances can be given as to the effect of any such changes on the conclusions expressed in this opinion. Our opinion is limited to the United States federal income tax matters specifically covered hereby, and we have not been asked to address, nor have we addressed, any other tax consequences. We undertake no responsibility to advise you of any future change in the matters stated or assumed herein or in the United States federal income tax laws or the application or interpretation thereof.


We are furnishing this opinion solely in connection with the filing of the Registration Statement, and this opinion is not to be relied upon for any other purpose. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the SEC as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and the references to this opinion in the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


  Very truly yours,