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.
- Generation lawyer
- Times hiked the Cascades Trail
- Times watched the entire West Wing TV show
You are a big music buff. What is your favorite type of music?
I love classic rock from the late 60s through the 70s—honestly any type of music that isn't too overdubbed. I still like to listen to complete albums on LPs. In concert, I've seen the likes of Lindsey Buckingham (4 times), Bob Dylan, the Eagles, and even Jimmy Buffett.
What inspired you to become a lawyer?
I grew up in my family's small grocery store, so I have a knack for the service industry. As a lawyer, I get to carry on many of those same skills helping clients in the Roanoke Valley and all across the state I love.
You like to be outdoors. Tell us about your favorite outdoor activities.
I like to get outside for a run several times a week, and I have also hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail and nearby mountains. Having grown up in a county with 37 miles of the New River, I enjoy a good kayak trip!
- Wake Forest University, School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.P.A.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., summa cum laude
- As a general assembly fellow in the Virginia Tech Office of Government Relations, tracked and analyzed legislation during General Assembly sessions and determined how such legislation affects the University
- Drafted pleadings, motions, and discovery requests and responses
- Conducted legal research, analyzed facts, and synthesized findings into memoranda
- Member, Board of Advisors, Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy
- Editor-in-Chief, Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (Volume 12)
- Academic Co-Chair, First Generation Law Students (2021-2022)
- Member, Know Your Rights & Teen Court Pro Bono Projects (2019-2022)
- Member, Wake Forest Veterans Legal Clinic (2021-2022)
- Virginia State Bar
- E. McGruder Faris Memorial Award, Wake Forest University School of Law (2022)
- Pro Bono Honors Society, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Wake Forest School of Law Dean Suzanne Reynolds Award for Highest Grade in Lobbying Theory and Practice, Education Law, and Energy Law