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Civil Defense Litigation

Protecting the interests of insurance carriers and their insureds.

Our civil defense litigation practice group – chaired by Guy Harbert – specializes in representing insurers in arson/fraud investigations, complex coverage issues, and the defense of so-called “bad faith” cases, and representation of the carrier’s insureds in the defense of claims brought against them, especially in the field of workers’ compensation.

Insurance Carriers and Insureds. Gentry Locke represents numerous insurance carriers in federal and Virginia state courts in the investigation and defense of fraudulent claims. We help insurers to resist allegations of bad-faith conduct and we represent them in cutting-edge coverage issues. Often, these issues are hotly contested and do not lend themselves to compromise or settlement; they must be litigated. Gentry Locke attorneys have considerable experience in providing comprehensive representation in civil jury and non-jury matters.

Trucking and Transportation. Gentry Locke represents carriers and trucking 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, our attorneys work diligently to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected.

Workers’ Compensation Claims. Our attorneys are some of the most experienced lawyers practicing in this field. We represent clients from the coal fields of southwest Virginia to the cities of Tidewater 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 handle complex subrogation and third-party-liability cases stemming from work-related accidents, as well.

We encourage you to review our Insurance Litigation Practice Group attorneys’ personal pages for additional information and then contact us to discuss your company’s legal needs.

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Arson & Fraud Claims

Payments on fraudulent claims continue to consume an ever-increasing amount of every premium dollar. Gentry Locke attorneys bring decades of experience to combating this problem.

We offer our insurance clients a variety of services, including:

  • Investigation of arson, theft, and other fraudulent claims
  • Representation at Examinations Under Oath
  • Supervision of fire origin and cause investigations
  • Comprehensive analysis of coverage issues
  • Litigation in defense of fraudulent claims

Bad Faith Defense

Even the most diligent claims investigation can result in an accusation of bad faith. Gentry Locke attorneys bring their expertise to bear in the representation of insurers in:

  • Defense of first party bad faith claims
  • Defense of third party failure to settle claims
  • Defense of bad faith failure to defend claims
  • Appeals in state and federal court

Coverage Disputes

From complex liability coverage issues to questions of first party coverage, Gentry Locke attorneys have the breadth of experience and in-depth expertise to assist in the navigation of the complexities of insurance coverage issues.

These issues may include:

  • Property losses
  • Large fire losses
  • Commercial General Liability claims
  • Employment-related practices coverage
  • Business policies
  • Trucking and Transportation claims
  • Motor vehicle claims
  • Life insurance claims

Insurance Defense

The Gentry Locke’s insurance practice group offers well over 100 years of combined experience in defending insureds in a vast array of complex litigation matters.

We offer our clients a variety of legal experience, including:

Have questions? Contact us.