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Civil Defense Litigation

Offering strategic and innovative defenses to complex claims.

Our civil defense litigation practice group – chaired by Guy Harbert and Ashley Winsky – has extensive experience in protecting individual and commercial interests in complex disputes. Our attorneys are uniquely positioned to provide strategic, innovative, and customized defenses to a wide variety of claims.

We specialize in representing:

  • Commercial entities in the defense of premises and product liability claims;
  • Businesses and individuals in intentional tort actions such as, defamation, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment;
  • Insurance carriers in loss investigations, complex coverage issues, and bad faith claims;
  • Trucking and transportation companies involved in catastrophic accidents; and
  • Employers and carriers in defense of workers’ compensation claims

Premises, Products, and Intentional Torts

Our breadth of experience in defending individuals and businesses against claims brought against them is unmatched. We try – and win – a wide variety of cases, including – mass tort claims and claims based on theories of products liability, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, defamation, negligence, and premises liability. We are equipped with the skills to effectively and efficiently resolve or litigate any claim and will provide you with a team of highly motivated attorneys with an uncommon economical and analytical approach.

Insurance Carriers

Gentry Locke represents numerous insurance carriers in federal and Virginia state courts in the investigation and defense of fraudulent claims. We help insurers resist allegations of bad-faith conduct and represent them in cutting-edge coverage issues. Our practice group is comprised of effective and meticulous trial attorneys that have considerable experience litigating these types of claims. We have a record of successfully developing efficient and creative approaches for our clients.

Not every potential claim should be litigated. We bring decades of experience to arson and fraud investigations, representation at examinations under oath, supervision of fire origin and cause investigations, and comprehensive analysis of coverage issues.

Trucking and Transportation

Gentry Locke represents motor carriers and logistics companies throughout Virginia.  We employ a “rapid response” approach to trucking accidents and are available around the clock to investigate an accident, coordinate with experts, and interview witnesses at a moment’s notice. From the time an accident occurs to the conclusion of litigation – through claims resolution, mediation or litigation – our attorneys work diligently to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected.

Workers’ Compensation

Our attorneys are some of the most experienced lawyers practicing in this field. We represent several major employers in Virginia and have employer, carrier, and claimant clients from the coal fields of southwest Virginia to the Hampton Roads region and Northern Virginia. Our involvement in workers’ compensation cases does not stop at representation of employers and insurance carriers when a claim is filed. We also handle appeals, complex subrogation, and third-party-liability cases stemming from work-related accidents.

AM Best Client Recommended Insurance Attorneys Badge   Badge: AM Best client-recommended for 75 years, an uncommon distinction.

Consistently recommended by A.M. Best, a global full-service credit rating agency serving the insurance industry.

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