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•If you had chosen a career other than law, what would you be doing?
I would be traveling the world writing photo essays for National Geographic - a dream job!
•How did you choose this profession?
I was a science major - a discipline where everything seemed very black and white, until I discovered bioethics. That led me to pursue law. I find that law allows us to shape how we interact as a society. It’s very compelling.
•What’s an important life lesson you pass on to others?
If you really want something, do the hard work. Achieve it!
•Advises clients on all aspects of securing, enforcing and protecting their intellectual property rights
Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Security
•Assists clients with identifying and managing privacy and information security risks
•Assists clients in developing policies, standards and procedures designed to protect sensitive information
•Advises clients on the applicable response and notification obligations following a security incident
•Advises clients on a wide range of health law topics, including health care reform, fraud and abuse, health information technology, as well as issues related to Medicare and Medicaid provider participation, billing and compliance
•Assists clients in navigating the often complex and evolving legal issues facing health care providers, employers and individuals today, including compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, and the Affordable Care Act
Tax Credit Financing
•Structures financings/transactions involving federal and state tax credits (including historic rehabilitation and new markets tax credits)
•Represents project sponsors as well as other parties participating or otherwise involved with the tax credit financings/transactions, including lenders, not for profit organizations, private developers and municipalities
Banking and Finance
•Facilitates commercial loan transactions, including secured and unsecured term and revolving credit, asset based loans, participation arrangements as well as refinance and loan modification arrangements
•Advises entities and organizations, including nonprofits, through all stages of their life cycles, from formation and governance to financing to disposition
•Drafts and negotiates contracts and advises clients generally on business and transactional matters
•Named a “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” in Business/Corporate (2016-2018) and Business/Mergers & Acquisitions (2014-2015)
•Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for co-chairing the 2009 Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2010)
•The Importance of Quality Documentation
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
•Here phishy, phishy...Tips to Evade Phishing Attacks
•Gentry Locke Partner Christen Church Quoted in Article on Medical Data Breach
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
•Breweries and Intellectual Property: Putting the “IP” in IPA
•The Future of the Affordable Care Act in a Trump Administration
•Gentry Locke Attorneys Serve on Board of the Roanoke Bar Association
•Twenty-six Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers
•Gentry Locke Labor & Employment Law Symposia a Hit
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers
•Gentry Locke Promotes Five Attorneys to Partner Status
•27 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Lists of 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•In Data Privacy and Security...We Trust?
•Using Tax Credits to Maximum Benefit for Your Construction Project
•Roanoke Bar Association: Board Member (2017-Present); Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (2016-2017); Member (2009-Present)
•Member, Board of Directors for Children's Trust Foundation Roanoke Valley (2012-Present)
•Chair, Health and Law Commission, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2009-2011)
•Co-Chair, Virginia State Bar Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference (2009)
•Co-Chair, Virginia Bar Association Washington and Lee Law School Council (2009-2012)
•Member, American Health Lawyers Association
•Member, Virginia State Bar
•Member, The Virginia Bar Association
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Virginia Women Attorneys Association
•Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Jonathan M. Apgar, Roanoke City Circuit Court (2007-2008)
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