Andrew Gay is an Associate in Gentry Locke’s Construction group, where he primarily focuses on assisting clients with construction contracts and construction litigation. Andrew’s experience in construction began at an early age and greatly influenced his career goals. Before law school, Andrew worked as a project manager for one of America’s largest, privately-held real estate companies, where he managed commercial construction projects in Florida. After law school and prior to joining Gentry Locke, Andrew served as Associate General Counsel for one of Virginia’s largest general contractors. His hands-on experience in the construction industry elevates his ability to handle complex processes and assist in the challenges facing contractors and developers.
Andrew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Everglades University in Sarasota, Florida, and his Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and Florida.
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You've been involved in the construction industry for most of your life. How did that lead to becoming an attorney?
My Dad was in construction, so I've basically been in construction since I was a child, helping him lay tile and working on various projects through the years. In college, I worked part-time for a home builder as an assistant construction superintendent. I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of building things. I then worked for a real estate developer, both during and after college, where I started as an estimator and worked my way up into project management. I found I enjoyed the complexity of the developer’s leasing and legal department. I decided I could climb higher and get further professionally by pursuing the legal side of the industry.
Changing majors in college seems to have helped you formulate your career trajectory.
True. As an undergraduate, first I was a Music Education major, then an Architecture major, then I finally ended up majoring in Construction Management. As an attorney, I still love working with contractors and developers because I always saw myself as that kind of person. I can relate to them and can help steer them clear and through problems they encounter. I share in their excitement about the project, and that aspect of creating something concrete.
Were you and your wife childhood sweethearts?
My wife and I “grew up in church” together; we’ve been together in that environment since we were kids. We didn't actually start dating until high school, but we have known each other practically our whole lives. She is my rock!
- Liberty University School of Law, J.D. 2014
- Everglades University, B.S. in Construction Management 2010
- Successfully represented subsidiary company in a dispute regarding owner’s claim for liquidated damages against the subsidiary. Obtained a favorable resolution for subsidiary without filing lawsuit
- Conducted multiple internal investigations of alleged employment discrimination in the workplace, all of which resulted in dismissal of the action at either the administrative or court levels
- Successfully organized the basis for a claim of additional money and time damages for subsidiary company’s paving project. Oversaw outside counsel during arbitration, and obtained the entire amount sought in the claim
- Successfully investigated and defended company from a civil penalty imposed by the Department of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration, which was concluded by the government’s vacation of the citations
- Negotiated multiple construction contracts – design build contracts, joint-venture contracts, general contracts, subcontracts – for various road, bridge, industrial, and water/waste water projects
- Represented company in multiple breach of contract actions in a variety of forums
- As general counsel for multi-million dollar construction company, protected the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates in construction contracts, and employment and labor litigation, and dispute resolution
- Assisted in matters relating to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Compliance
- Worked with project management staff throughout all stages of projects to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local governmental agencies
- OSHA 30 Certified
- Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2016-Present)
- Member, Lynchburg Bar Association (2014-Present)
- Member, Business Law Section, Corporate Counsel Section (2014-Present), Construction Law & Contracts Section (2014-2016), Virginia State Bar
- Member, Business Law and Real Property sections, The Florida Bar
- Member, Public Contracts, Forum on Construction Law, American Bar Association
- Past President, Business Transactions and Law Society, Liberty University School of Law
- Admitted to practice in Florida, Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia