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Firm History

Gentry Locke certainly has abundant experience.

Gentry Locke traces its history back to 1923, to the predecessor firm of Funkhouser and Apperson. Funkhouser and Apperson represented the Norfolk & Western Railway Company, the Roanoke Water Company, General Accident Insurance Company and various other corporate and individual clients. The Firm did a significant amount of title and condemnation work in the acquisition by the Roanoke Water Company of the land where Carvins Cove, the area’s main water reservoir to present, is located.

The firm grew slowly but steadily through the 1950s. In the early 1960s S. D. Roberts Moore and William R. Rakes joined named partners Fred B. Gentry, John H. Locke and Richard C. Rakes and a more rapid expansion of the Firm began. In 1965 the firm name was changed to Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore. The expanding firm needed more space, and in 1977 the firm moved to new offices as part of a downtown revitalization effort, into what is now the SunTrust Plaza building. Fred Gentry and John H. Locke passed away, and Richard C. Rakes retired in 1991. We are thrilled that S.D. Roberts Moore and William R. Rakes have been with the firm for 50 years, and are still actively practicing law in our Roanoke headquarters. In acknowledgement of the name by which we have been referred to by the public, in 2015 we shortened our name to Gentry Locke.

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The firm has grown to more than 55 lawyers and is managed by a five-partner Management Committee. The quality of our legal advice and the services we provide have been recognized by press and in-house counsel by having large numbers of our partners elected to Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite.

In 2013, Gentry Locke appointed Monica Taylor Monday as Managing Partner. Ms. Monday manages the Firm in addition to chairing the Gentry Locke’s Appellate practice group. In 2015, the first woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, joined Gentry Locke as Senior Counsel, where she focuses on Appellate work and Criminal and Government Investigations. Also in 2015, Gentry Locke unveiled its new logo and opened an office in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

The firm and its individual lawyers have made significant contributions to the community, especially in support of the arts. The firm made a large, multi-year donation to the Taubman Museum of Art and Center in the Square, and has sponsored the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Mill Mountain Theatre, Opera of Roanoke, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Our lawyers and staff are very active in local organizations such as the Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) of Roanoke Valley, Family Promise, Arthritis Foundation of Virginia, Apple Ridge Farm, the Roanoke SPCA, and dozens of others. Our lawyers have held leadership positions in a number of statewide community, civic, and bar organizations ranging from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Amateur Sports, The Virginia Bar Association, and Virginia State Bar.

Gentry Locke has grown to be among the largest law firms in Virginia west of Richmond and is consistently among the twenty largest law firms in the commonwealth.

With 90+ years of experience, Gentry Locke is an established law firm with an innovative, cohesive group of legal professionals. Combining cutting-edge technology with solid 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.