Firm History

100+ Years, and 100% Committed to You

Gentry Locke traces its history to 1923, when Fred B. Gentry began practicing law at the Roanoke firm Funkhouser and Apperson.

With the other partners having left to pursue other professional opportunities including in support of the War effort, Mr. Gentry was a sole practitioner.

John H. Locke joined Mr. Gentry’s firm as an associate.

Richard C. “Dick” Rakes joined the firm.

S.D. Roberts “Rabbit” Moore joined the firm.

William R. “Bill” Rakes joined the firm.

The firm name was changed to Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore. The firm was principally an insurance defense firm.

Bill Rakes became the firm’s first Managing Partner. Bill later served as President of the Virginia State Bar.

The expanding firm needed more space and moved into what is now the Gentry Locke/Truist Bank building, as part of a downtown Roanoke revitalization effort.

Gentry Locke grew its commercial practice to include corporate, banking, tax, and environmental work.

The firm created and grew a plaintiff’s practice. The Attorney Seminar was launched in the early 1990’s.

G. Michael “Mike” Pace, Jr. became Managing Partner. Mike later served as President of the Virginia Bar Association.

Monica Taylor Monday became Managing Partner. Monica was the first female Managing Partner of a large Virginia law firm.

Gentry Locke opened a new office in downtown Lynchburg.

Gentry Locke expanded our state-wide presence, opening a new office in Richmond and launching our Government and Regulatory Affairs practice group. Gentry Locke Consulting, a full-service public affairs, communications, and marketing firm, began in Richmond.

K. Brett Marston became Managing Partner. A new Executive Board was created. Monica Monday serves as Chair. Gentry Locke opened our Norfolk office.

Gentry Locke has grown to be the 8th largest law firm in Virginia. We take pride in giving back to the communities we serve.

With 100 years of experience, Gentry Locke is an established law firm with an innovative, cohesive group of legal professionals. Combining innovative technology with strong ethics and a relentless drive to serve our clients’ needs, we continually strive to match the legacy of our past with the challenges of the future.