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Monica Monday is Gentry Locke’s Managing Partner and heads the firm’s Appellate practice. Monica represents her clients in Virginia’s state and federal appellate courts across a wide variety of cases, including commercial and business disputes, healthcare, personal injury, local government matters, domestic relations and more. In 2015, Monica was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers — only the fifth Virginia attorney to be so honored. She has been recognized among Virginia’s Top 50 Women Lawyers and Virginia’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, and on the Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite lists, and was a “Leaders in the Law” honoree by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Monica frequently lectures and writes on appellate issues. She currently serves on the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Council as Virginia’s representative on the Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee, and as Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section.

Before joining Gentry Locke, she clerked for the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., then Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and now a Senior Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

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  • What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working with your clients?

    Being at home with my husband and son and spending time in the kitchen, where I love to make homemade soups. If not there, you might find us hiking in the country, playing with our dogs, boating, or traveling.

  • Had you not chosen law for your career, what might you be doing today?

    News anchor…or maybe a romance novelist, because really, how easy and appealing would it be to craft novel after novel sitting on a beach somewhere?

  • Do you have an important life lesson to share?

    Sometimes our greatest disappointments turn out later to be our most significant moments and opportunities. Learn patience and be open to what happens next.


  • College of William and Mary, J.D. 1991; B.A. 1988


  • In question of first impression involving social host duty to child guest, obtained affirmance of motion to strike. Lasley v. Hylton, 288 Va. 419, 764 S.E.2d 88 (2014)
  • Court reversed dismissal of defamation case.  Cashion v. Smith, 286 Va. 327, 749 S.E.2d 526 (2013)
  • Obtained reversal of workers’ compensation case because the Full Commission lacked authority to decide the case with a retired Commissioner. Layne v. Crist Electrical Contractor, Inc., 62 Va. App. 632, 751 S.E.2d 679 (2013)
  • Obtained reversal of jury verdict in maritime case relating to asbestos exposure. Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Minton, 285 Va. 115, 737 S.E.2d 16 (2013)
  • Obtained reversal of decision striking down water and sewer rates that town charged to out-of-town customers; won final judgment in favor of town. Town of Leesburg v. Giordano, 280 Va. 597, 701 S.E.2d 783 (2010)
  • In question of first impression, obtained dismissal of domestic relations appeal based upon terms of property settlement agreement, which waived the right of appeal. Burke v. Burke, 52 Va. App. 183, 662 S.E.2d 622 (2008)
  • Obtained reversal of award of writ of mandamus against municipal land development official in subdivision application case. Umstattd v. Centex Homes, G.P., 274 Va. 541, 650 S.E.2d 527 (2007)
  • Secured affirmance of compensatory and punitive damages awards for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and conspiracy. Banks v. Mario Industries of Virginia, Inc., 274 Va. 438, 650 S.E.2d 687 (2007)
  • Successfully defended a jury verdict for homeowners association for damages stemming from the negligent construction of a septic system. Westlake Properties, Inc. v. Westlake Pointe Property Owners Association, Inc., 273 Va. 107, 639 S.E.2d 257 (2007)
  • Successfully represented an individual in a premises liability case involving a question of first impression. Taboada v. Daly Seven, Inc., 271 Va. 313, 626 S.E.2d 428 (2006), adhered to on rehearing, 641 S.E.2d 68 (2007)
  • Obtained a new trial on damages for injured plaintiff in a medical malpractice case. Monahan v. Obici Medical Management Services, 271 Va. 621, 628 S.E.2d 330 (2006)
  • Successfully defended decision of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding attendant care benefits for employee who lost both arms in an industrial accident and assessing a large award of attorneys fees against opposing party. Virginia Polytechnic Institute v. Posada, 47 Va. App. 150, 622 S.E.2d 762 (2005)
  • Obtained reversal of summary judgment in federal court negligence case. Blair v. Defender Services, 386 F.3d 623 (4th Cir. 2004)
  • Successfully defended compensatory and punitive damages jury verdict in malicious prosecution case. Stamathis v. Flying J, Inc., 389 F.3d 429 (4th Cir. 2004)
  • Obtained reversal of summary judgment in state malicious prosecution case representing chairman of a school board. Andrews v. Ring, 266 Va. 311, 585 S.E.2d 780 (2003)
  • Obtained new trial for individual in medical malpractice case. Sawyer v. Comerci, 264 Va. 68, 563 S.E.2d 748 (2002)
  • Successful defense of jury verdict in a construction case interpreting statutory warranty for new dwellings. Vaughn, Inc. v. Beck, 262 Va. 673, 554 S.E.2d 88 (2001)
  • Successfully defended federal court’s dismissal of First Amendment constitutional challenge in voting rights case. Jordahl v. Democratic Party of Virginia, 122 F.3d 192 (4th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 522 U.S. 1077 (1998)

Administration & Litigation

  • Represent physicians in obtaining restoration of Virginia medical licenses
  • Represent medical providers, including physicians, veterinarians, dentists, chiropractors and nurse practitioners in disciplinary and licensure matters before the Virginia Department of Health Professions
  • Represent large, national pharmacy retailer in defense of professional liability claims
  • Advise medical providers on matters relating to the disclosure and retention of medical records
  • Defended insureds of large, national insurance company in numerous state court jury trials in personal injury cases


  • Member, Judicial Council of Virginia (2013-Present)
  • Virginia Representative, Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee (2013-Present)
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course Faculty (2013-Present)
  • Member, Virginia Model Jury Instruction Committee (2012-Present)
  • Chair, Appellate Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section (2009-Present)
  • Member, Boyd-Graves Conference (2011-Present)
  • Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History (2009-Present)
  • Board of Directors, The Harvest Foundation (2015-Present)
  • Board of Governors, The Virginia Bar Association (2011-2014); Council Member, Appellate Practice Section (2009-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Virginia Law Foundation (2005-2011)
  • Member, Blue Ridge Regional Library Board (2007-2011)
  • Member, The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court (2003-2012); Secretary (2007-2012)
  • Chair, Committee on Federal Judgeships, Western District, Virginia Bar Association (2004-2008, 2015-Present)
  • Member, Nominating Committee, The Virginia Bar Association (2004); Membership Committee (2003-2005)
  • Board of Directors, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2001-04)
  • Co-Chair, Judicial Screening Committee, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2001-03)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Adult Care Center (1999-04)
  • Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association (1998-02)
  • President, William & Mary Law School Association (2000-01)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia (1991-93)


  • Peer rated “AV/Preeminent” as surveyed by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL, inducted 2015)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association (inducted 2013)
  • Fellow, Roanoke Law Foundation (inducted 2013)
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation (inducted 2011)
  • Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty (2013-2016)
  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate as a Local Litigation Star (2013)
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Appellate Law (2009-2016)
  • Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Appellate Law (2012-2014); Elected to Virginia Super Lawyers for Appellate Law in Super Lawyers magazine (2010-2015, Top Listed in Virginia 2013-2015) and a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Appellate Practice by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Designated as one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for Appellate Law (2011-2014)
  • Named a “Leaders in the Law” honoree by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2006)
  • Sandra P. Thompson Award (formerly the Fellows Award), Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association (2003)
  • Best Appellate Advocate, First Place Team, and Best Brief, 1991 National Moot Court Competition
  • Rated AV/Preeminent

Published Work

  • Drafting Good Assignments of Error, VTLAppeal Volume 1 (2012).
  • Lessons from the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010 on Preserving Error and Rule 5:25, The Virginia Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, On Appeal, Vol. II No. 1 (Summer 2011).
  • Editorial Board, The Revised Appellate Handbook on Appellate Advocacy in the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2011 Edition, Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar.
  • Co-author, Something Old, Something New: The Partial Final Judgment Rule, VSB Litigation News, Volume XV Number III (Fall 2010).
  • Co-author, Thoughts on Trying Construction Cases: An Appellate Perspective, Virginia State Bar Construction Law and Public Contracts News, Issue No. 56 (Spring 2010).
  • You May Need to Object Twice…What “A Few Good Men” Taught Us About Preserving Error of Appeal, Virginia State Bar Litigation News (Winter 2005).
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.