Charles L. Williams

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  • Partner at Gentry Locke Attorneys (60 Attorneys)
  • SunTrust Plaza, 10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 900, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Charlie Williams joined Gentry Locke in 1970 and as a senior partner he heads the firm’s Environmental Law practice. His work includes advising corporate and municipal clients in the areas of environmental compliance, including enforcement and environmental tort litigation. He has extensive experience in contaminated land renewal and the management of environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Charlie has consistently been recognized among the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law since 2006.

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If you had chosen a different career, what would you be doing today?

I was originally on the pre-med path but decided to pursue a law degree after being drafted into the Army. Now, I think archeology would be fascinating. I’ve been on a few digs.

What do you like to do when you leave the office?

I go to work...again. We have a small farm and grow a lot of our food. It keeps us busy!

What is the most important step in your morning routine that you try to never skip?

Every morning, I make breakfast for my wife and me. She still works and it’s a simple thing that I can do to make the day easier.

What life lesson do you think we all should follow?

Be kind.


•Representation of corporations and individual clients in environmental litigation and administrative proceedings
•Representation of corporate and individual clients in environmental compliance and permitting matters
•Representation of corporate, banking, and individual clients in contaminated site transactions
•Advising corporate, banking, individual, and municipal clients in areas of Brownfield Redevelopment and adaptive land reuse
•Defense of environmental criminal prosecutions and enforcement actions


•LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for New Construction (2009)
•Named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law (2006-2019) and Environmental Litigation (2011-2014)
•Designated one of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine in the Environmental/Land Use field (2003-2004, 2015-2017) and Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative (2007, 2010 and 2011)
•Named a Top Rated Lawyer for Environmental law by American Lawyer Media (2013)
•Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award (2012)
•Named a “Legal Eagle” for Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
•Elected a Top Attorney: Land Use/Environment by Roanoke-area attorneys surveyed by The Roanoker magazine (2009, 2012)


•21 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America


Aug 2018
•CLE Panel on Coal Ash Issues


Apr 2018
•Gentry Locke attorneys again recognized as 2017 ‘Legal Elite’


Dec 2017
•Environmental Regulators Examining New Threats


Oct 2017
•22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America


Aug 2017
•Fifteen Gentry Locke Attorneys Recognized as 2016 “Legal Elite”


Dec 2016
•Twenty-Two Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America


Oct 2016
•Want to Build a Dam? Stop, Look, Ask, and Listen


Mar 2016
•Brownfields Initiatives: Challenges and Successes


Mar 2016
•Ten Gentry Locke Attorneys are 2015 Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine


Dec 2015
•23 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers in America”


Aug 2015
•Environment Partner Charlie Williams Hired by City of Danville for Coal Ash Spill Negotiations


May 2014
•Using Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) as a Real Estate Tool


Mar 2014
•Twenty-two Attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America list; Firm Ranked in Tier 1 for Best Law Firms


Aug 2013
•2013 Top Rated Lawyers at Gentry Locke


Oct 2012
•Three Gentry Locke Attorneys Receive Client Distinction Awards in 2012


Oct 2012
•Twenty-four Gentry Locke Attorneys Named Best Lawyers


Sep 2012
•Gentry Locke Attorneys Listed in 37 Legal Eagle Categories


Apr 2012
•Gentry Locke Lawyers Named to 2004 Virginia Legal Elite


Dec 2004
•CGL Policy: Flooding Event Pollution Exclusion Clause


Jul 2004
•Environmental Update: Property Owners Beware


Jan 2000

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Environmental
  • Business & Corporate
  • Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement
  • Environmental Investigations & Reports Brownfields Development & Land Renewal
  • Contract Disputes
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Licensing & Permitting
  • Criminal Implications
  • Risk Management & Assessment
  • Toxic Torts
  • Acquisition & Development

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
540-983-9375  Phone
540.983.9400  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 40013, Roanoke, VA 24011
University Attended:
Hampden-Sydney College, B.S., 1967
Law School Attended:
University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1970
Year of First Admission:
1970, Virginia


•Member, Legal Community representative, Roanoke Business Environmental Leadership Coalition
•President, Roanoke Bar Association (1994-1995)
•Past Chairman, Client Protection Fund Board, Virginia State Bar
•Past Member, U.S. Department of Commerce Virginia District Export Council
•Past Board Member, International Section, Virginia State Bar
•Past Board Member, Business Law Section, Virginia State Bar
•Member, Environmental Law Section, Virginia State Bar
•Member, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, American Bar Association
•Member, McNeill Law Society, University of Richmond
•Editorial Board, University of Richmond Law Review

Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army, 1974
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  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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