Thursday, July 13th, 2023
Mike Moro is a partner in the firm’s General Commercial Practice Group. Mike advises business owners and business organizations on matters concerning commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. He assists clients in connection with the preparation of governing documents, shareholder agreements, and operating agreements. He negotiates commercial contracts, including software license agreements and cloud computing agreements, handles all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, and advises clients in connection with the negotiation of commercial lease agreements.
Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Mike served as Of Counsel at a boutique business law firm and prior to that, served as Corporate Counsel for a NASDAQ-listed financial services company. Previously, Mike served as Senior Counsel for a global sports and entertainment technology provider and also worked at law firms in Miami, FL and Rome, Italy. Mike speaks Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2023
Tyler Moses is a member of the firm’s General Commercial Practice Group. Tyler’s practice is focused on estate planning, trusts and estates administration, and taxation maters. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, he worked as an associate at a firm in Charlottesville. Tyler is the YLD Liaison of the Virginia Bar Association Tax Section and a member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association.
Tyler earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. While in law school, he was admitted to the Order of Barristers and received the Virginia Bar Association Tax Award. Tyler is currently working towards his LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Monday, June 12th, 2023
P.J. Turner is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Construction Law practice groups where she serves as a trial-level and appellate litigator. PJ focuses her practice in the areas of construction and products-liability litigation but has seasoned experience litigating a variety of complex commercial disputes, including those involving contract breaches, business torts, employment matters, collection matters, defamation, and insurance coverage disputes. In addition, P.J. has successfully handled multiple appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia and Virginia Court of Appeals, as well as appeals to the Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Monday, February 27th, 2023
Emily Mordecai is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation team. Emily’s experience spans nearly every phase of litigation-focused practice, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeal. Her subject-matter experience ranges from complex commercial disputes to products liability and personal injury cases to nationwide employment class actions.
Emily maintains an active pro bono practice. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, she argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which resulted in a favorable outcome for her client and established precedent governing “rough ride” claims by prisoners and arrestees. Emily’s pro bono practice also includes housing and contracts cases.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
Melissa E. O’Boyle is a Partner in Gentry Locke’s Criminal & Government Investigations practice group. Previously, Melissa worked for more than 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, litigating some of the District’s most complex fraud and corruption cases, investigating and prosecuting a broad array of criminal matters, and coordinating relationships with law enforcement and regulatory partners. Most recently, she served as the chief of criminal prosecutions for Norfolk’s Criminal Division, where she supervised over 19 federal prosecutors and managed the white-collar unit responsible for authorizing and managing fraud, public corruption, securities, national security, and civil rights investigations. Melissa has handled several high-profile criminal prosecutions, including a public corruption case against former Norfolk Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot, and a complex bank fraud case against the senior executives responsible for the financial collapse of the Bank of the Commonwealth.
As a member of the firm’s Criminal & Government Investigations practice, Melissa will work with clients on developing and implementing effective regulatory compliance programs, internal controls, and ethics programs across a variety of industries including banking, securities, government contracting, cyber security, insurance, and healthcare. Melissa also will work with clients to conduct internal investigations and will provide strategic advice aimed at mitigating any potential negative impacts on business operations, criminal, civil, or regulatory exposure, and reputational harm. Given her extensive trial experience, Melissa also will assist clients in analyzing and developing successful litigation strategies.
Melissa is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York. In 2022, she was recognized with a Top Prosecutor Award by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) for exemplary achievements in prosecutions of federal crimes. O’Boyle was also recognized with the EOUSA Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 2011 and 2016 and received the FBI Director’s Citation for Excellence in Prosecution in 2014.
Monday, January 9th, 2023
Harrison Richards is a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor group where he regularly handles a wide variety of employment disputes and litigation.
Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Harrison worked in Washington D.C. at a boutique litigation firm. He has experience in state and federal courts as well as with arbitrations and administrative evidentiary hearings. Harrison earned his J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and received his B.A. from Roanoke College. He is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and is licensed in Virginia as well as Washington D.C.
Monday, January 2nd, 2023
Jeffrey Southard is a member of the firm’s Construction practice group. Jeff brings over 20 years of experience in the transportation and construction industries with great knowledge into the business, advocacy, and government regulatory affairs sectors. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Jeff spent 15 years with the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance and served as the Executive Vice President. He also spent five years with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Virginia.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
Jared Tuck is a member of the firm’s Plaintiff group where he focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice matters. Prior to joining the firm as an attorney, Jared spent two summers working as a Summer Associate with Gentry Locke. He also worked as a Summer Associate at a law firm in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as a Legal Intern at the Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Jared earned his J.D. summa cum laude from William & Mary Law School, where he belonged to the Order of the Coif, the William & Mary Law Review, the William & Mary National Trial Team, and was voted by his classmates as “the person you wouldn’t want to go up against in court.” As a native of Southwest Virginia who has dreamed of becoming a trial lawyer, Jared looks forward to representing injured members of his community.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
Aidan Williams is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group. Prior to joining Gentry Locke full-time, Aidan worked as a summer associate at Gentry Locke before graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law. He also worked in the Virginia Tech Office of Government Relations and in the Office of Congressman H. Morgan Griffith in Washington D.C. Aidan is a proud native of Southwest Virginia, having grown up in Giles County.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Brittany Mountjoy practices with the firm’s White Collar practice group, which is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA. Brittany represents both corporate and individual clients during their most difficult times, defending and guiding them through all phases of the criminal process. Brittany also conducts internal investigations for organizations of all sizes to identify exposure areas and provide proactive guidance to protect those clients from future litigation or criminal prosecution.
Previously, Brittany worked as a Deputy State Public Defender at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. There, she advocated for indigent clients in criminal matters, tried numerous jury trials, and worked on several appeals. Prior to and during law school, Brittany worked in Washington, D.C. and has considerable experience in international and U.S. legislative and regulatory affairs.