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Monica Taylor Monday
Managing Partner
Direct: 540.983.9405
Fax: 540.983.9400

Monica Taylor Monday

Managing Partner

Phone: 540.983.9405
Fax: 540.983.9400
Monica Monday is the Managing Partner of Gentry Locke. Also, she Chairs the Appellate practice group. Before joining Gentry Locke, she clerked for the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., who was then Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and is now a Senior Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Monica frequently lectures and writes on appellate issues, and in 2013 she became Managing Partner of the firm. She currently serves on the Virginia Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section Council and as Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section.
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  • College of William and Mary, J.D. 1991; B.A. 1988


Appellate Experience

  • 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)
  • For 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)


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


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).


  • Peer rated "AV/Preeminent" as surveyed by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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 (2009-2015)
  • 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 (2010-2014, Top Listed in Virginia 2013-2014) 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


  • 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)
  • Member, Boyd-Graves Conference (2011-Present)
  • Board of Governors, The Virginia Bar Association (2011-2014); Council Member, Appellate Practice Section (2009-Present)
  • Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History (2009-Present)
  • Chair, Appellate Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation 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)
  • 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)