Caley DeGroote is passionate about helping people who have been injured by others or have suffered at the hands of inadequate medical care by fighting to make sure they receive justice through the Law. She focuses her practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, and complex litigation matters. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Caley researched criminal and civil legal issues in preparation for motions and trials as a law clerk for the Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Court.
Grumpy cat (and 3 happy dogs!)
You minored in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Furman University. That's rather unusual!
That came from a two-month Study Abroad trip across Italy. The courses focused on Roman infrastructure and architecture, and how those spaces were used for communication and political growth. By the time the trip ended I just about had what I needed for a minor degree in addition to my two majors, Political Science and Communication Studies.
What made you realize that being a lawyer was right for you?
I loved participating in both theater and mock trials in high school. Being a lawyer combines both of those passions into something that helps people in a meaningful way.
What about personal injury law appeals to you?
I've been in three car accidents -- two of them major. While they were traumatic events, I am very thankful that no one in my family sustained major injuries. I also witnessed another accident, a fatal one, which I will never forget. I hope these experiences can be turned into a positive by being able to sincerely convey my empathy and compassion to our clients.
- Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. cum laude (2017)
- Furman University, B.A. cum laude (2014)
- As a summer clerk, assisted in legal matters at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenville, SC
- Analyzed legal issues and helped create opinions and legal orders as a summer intern for The Honorable J. Michelle Childs, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
- Reviewed opinions, drafted case summaries, and researched issues in bankruptcy proceedings during a year-long externship for The Honorable Rebecca Connelly, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
- Summarized discovery responses and drafted documents for litigation during summer positions at law firms
- Executive Editor, Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice (2016-2017)
- Mock Trial Administrator, Moot Court Board (2016-2017)
- Moot Court Competition awards
- Second Place, Mock Trial Competition (2017)
- Second Place, Client Counseling Competition (2016)
- Finalist, Mediation Competition (2017)
- Can You Hear Me Now? The Reasonableness of Sending Notice through Text Messages and its Potential Impact on Impoverished Communities, Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice, Volume 23, Issue 1 (Fall 2016)
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