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•Had you chosen a career other than law, what might you be doing today?
I am a history buff and Anglophile, so if I had pursued a different path early on, I would have been a history professor. Now if I were to begin a new career, I would be a travel consultant, creating great experiences for people.
•Do you have a bucket list?
I do. I have two daughters. Most importantly, I want to raise two strong and confident women, walk them down the aisle, have them go experience life and then come back to settle close to home. Travel-wise, my list includes an African safari, a trip to Mongolia, and riding the Trans-Siberian Railway 6,000 miles across Russia-from Moscow to Vladivostok.
•I hear you are a beer connoisseur. What’s your favorite beer right now?
Hacker Pschorr, a brewery in Munich. I also enjoy craft beers, including Deschutes of Bend, Oregon and Ballast Point of San Diego, both of whom will be opening East Coast production facilities in the Roanoke region in coming years.
•Obtained defense verdict in Federal Court for manufacturer in $1.2 million products liability and UCC case involving alleged defects in natural gas pipeline
•Obtained preliminary injunction in Federal Court for telecommunications tower company to prevent landowners from blocking access to leased tower site
•Granted demurrer in State Court, without leave for plaintiff to amend, in malicious prosecution and defamation case
•Obtained defense verdict in State Court for manufacturer of plastics products in case involving claims of negligence and nuisance arising from fire at manufacturer’s storage facility
•Successfully tried case on behalf of sports event promoter in State Court case involving claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
•Obtained $700,000 judgment for window film manufacturer in trademark infringement case in Federal Court
•Successfully tried commercial lease case involving restitution of overpayment of tenant improvement loan
•Obtained $1.9 million judgment for property owner in construction case against general contractor
•Obtained summary judgment in the amount of $900,000 for plaintiff equipment supplier in pipeline construction case against general contractor in Federal Court
•Obtained summary judgment for leading national bank in breach of employment agreement case brought by terminated mortgage broker executive
•Granted demurrer in State Court, without leave to amend, in tortious interference with contract and business conspiracy case
•Obtained summary judgment in State Court striking down non-competition agreement as overbroad and unenforceable
•Obtained numerous judgments against debtors in collection cases for large national bank
•Successfully tried real estate partition suit
•Obtained judgment and award of enhanced penalty and attorney’s fees in Virginia Consumer Protection Act case
•Defend leading national disability insurance carriers in ERISA cases in multiple states
•Experience in trademark, copyright, and patent infringement cases
•Defend debt collectors and creditors in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases
•Law Clerk to Judge James H. Michael, United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
•Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in Civil Litigation (2016, 2018)
•Recognized with Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2012-2019) and Intellectual Property Litigation (2019); also listed in Best Lawyers in America - Business Edition (2016)
•Named a “Legal Eagle” for Commercial Litigation by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
•Named a “Top Rated Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media (2013)
•Named to Virginia Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2009); Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2007)
•“Largest Defense Verdicts in Virginia” Award (2004) as recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
•Interpleader and ERISA: More Complicated (and Interesting) Than You May Think , DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Volume 11, Issue 2 (August 2016).
•Co-author, A “Day” is a Day Again: Proposed New Rule 6 and Other Important Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, VSB Litigation News, Volume XIV, No. III (Fall 2009).
•Virginia Supreme Court Decides New Case Concerning the Dead Man’s Statute, VSB Litigation News, Volume XV, Number III (Fall 2010).
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Jun 19, 2018 - Contract case involving home purchase settled, all fees recovered
•Apr 4, 2018 - Summary Judgment in Breach of Contract action defeats $700,000 claim
•Mar 2, 2018 - Breach of Fiduciary Duty claim against national bank denied in Motion to Dismiss
•Feb 7, 2018 - Preemptive forum shopping fails against our client's Trade Secret litigation
•Jan 19, 2018 - Partial Summary Judgment thwarts request for $1.4M
•Oct 27, 2015 - Creditor's Contested Proof of Claim Allowed in Full
•Mar 20, 2009 - Motion to Dismiss Granted in Defamation and Malicious Prosecution Case
•Ten Gentry Locke attorneys named to 2018 Legal Elite list
•21 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America
•Contract case involving home purchase settled, all fees recovered The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Motions Craving Oyer: A Powerful, but Limited Tool in Virginia Practice
•Can a Defendant Successfully Avoid Rule 3:20 in Virginia Circuit Courts?
•Summary Judgment in Breach of Contract action defeats $700,000 claim The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Breach of Fiduciary Duty claim against national bank denied in Motion to Dismiss The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Preemptive forum shopping fails against our client's Trade Secret litigation The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Partial Summary Judgment thwarts request for $1.4M The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America
•Gentry Locke partner Kevin Holt installed as Roanoke Bar Association president
•Fifteen Gentry Locke Attorneys Recognized as 2016 “Legal Elite”
•Twenty-Two Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America
•Interpleader and ERISA: More Complicated (and Interesting) Than You May Think
•Gentry Locke Attorneys Serve on Board of the Roanoke Bar Association
•Fourteen Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers in America Business Edition/Winter 2016” by Best Lawyers
•Creditor's Contested Proof of Claim Allowed in Full The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•23 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers in America”
•Twenty-One Gentry Locke Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers Designations and One Lawyer of the Year
•Gentry Locke Again Wins United Way Campaign Awards
•Twenty-two Attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America list; Firm Ranked in Tier 1 for Best Law Firms
•2013 Top Rated Lawyers at Gentry Locke
•Virginia's New Rules of Evidence: Sea Change or No Change
•Twenty-four Gentry Locke Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
•Gentry Locke Attorneys Listed in 37 Legal Eagle Categories
•Recent Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
•Motion to Dismiss Granted in Defamation and Malicious Prosecution Case The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
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•Roanoke Bar Association: Immediate Past President (2018-Present); President (2017-2018); President-Elect (2016-2017); Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016); Board Member (2009-2011, 2014-2015)
•Faculty member, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2017-2019)
•Board Member, United Way of the Roanoke Valley (2009-2015)
•Ferrum College Business Advisory Board (2014-Present)
•Member, The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court (2007-2014)
•Graduate, National Trial Advocacy College of University of Virginia School of Law (2006)
•Former Editor, Litigation News, published by Litigation Section, Virginia State Bar
•Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., Senior United States District Judge, Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
•Member, Virginia State Bar, The Virginia Bar Association, Roanoke Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association
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