Frank Flippin, Gentry Locke attorney

G. Franklin Flippin

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Frank Flippin specializes in the area of business planning. He has more than 45 years of experience representing management and equity owners in all facets of formation, succession planning, acquisitions and divestitures. Frank served as president of The Virginia Bar Association. He is consistently noted as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Law & Corporate Transactions and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Mergers and Acquisition Law since 1993.

  • Years in practice
  • Boats
  • If I wasn't practicing law...

    I would be reading more. I am an avid reader and particularly enjoy non-fiction books that relate to business. One of my favorites is “The Fish that Ate the Whale.”

  • How often do you get out on your boats?

    I spend as much time as possible on the water. I have sailed in the San Juan Islands and Victoria, which I think is my favorite.


  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.S.
  • University of Virginia, J.D.


  • More than forty-five years of experience in all facets of formation, reorganization, operation, and disposition of businesses; corporate, partnership, and limited liability company issues; and divestitures, mergers and acquisitions
  • Represented purchasers and sellers of manufacturing, distribution, and service companies in transactions with public companies, strategic purchasers and private equity groups
  • Assist with purchases and sales of companies in alcoholic beverage distribution
  • Facilitate sales and exchanges of beverage distribution territories
  • Represented management in taking private a subsidiary of an international electronics company
  • Represented borrower in $450,000,000 credit transaction
  • Served as a member of the committee that drafted the current Virginia Stock Corporation Act


  • Past President, The Virginia Bar Association (1998)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Fellow, Roanoke Law Foundation
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Past Chairman, Board of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Past Counsel to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge
  • Chair, Virginia State Bar Business Law Section (1983-1984)
  • Director, Roanoke Bar Association (1978-1980)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association


  • Named “2011 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law” by The Best Lawyers in America, and noted in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions (1993-2024), also noted in the Best Lawyers in America Business Edition (2016)
  • Named “Go To Business Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2020)
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation (Inducted in 2000)
  • Named a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Mergers and Acquisitions (2012) and Business & Commercial law (2013) by American Lawyer Media, publisher of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines
  • Designated one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine  in Corporate Law  (2000) and Business Law (2001-2006, 2009-2010, 2012-2014)
  • Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Business/Corporate (2012-2014)
  • Included in Virginia Super Lawyers in the area of Business/Corporate Law (2007-2010, 2013-2015)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2012

Published Work

  • Co-author, Directors and Officers’ Liability, chapter for Corporation and Partnerships in Virginia (Virginia CLE, 2016).
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