Alicha Grubb works in the Commercial Litigation group helping clients resolve their business disputes. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Alicha researched criminal and civil motions as a law clerk for the Twenty-third Judicial Circuit, where she assisted on large projects such as editing the Virginia Model Jury Instructions. Alicha’s prior experience includes assistance in legal matters at the Roanoke County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greensboro, NC. Alicha is an award-winning speaker who is also fluent in Spanish.
Coffee mugs in my collection
You've volunteered for a host of wonderful causes. When did you first feel that strong pull to help others?
As a child, my family always helped people around us. Even though we didn't have a lot, we could always help others who were struggling, especially around the holidays. I always felt a special sense of fulfillment in giving to others. I believe in creating strong community. That's why I volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blue Ridge Literacy, and other worthwhile causes.
Beside the Spanish you learned, what is most memorable from your study abroad in Mexico?
What stands out most in my mind was the slum, called Arboledas. There was no running water or electricity, but the people seemed happy. The parents were very involved with their children. They say "it takes a village," and that's how they live. They don't have a lot, but they have each other.
You roast your own coffee -- how and why?
I use a popcorn air popper! Green beans roast in about three minutes that way, and when freshly ground, it's delicious. I buy the beans in a 5-pound bag and I have a French press in my office.
- Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2016)
- Bob Jones University, B.A., cum laude (2013)
- Successfully defended an action for breach of commercial lease on the grounds that lease was for more than five years and did not meet the seal requirements of the Virginia Code (Mitchell v. Morgan, Roanoke City General District Court)
- Successfully defended a breach of contract action against one of our commercial clients at a bench trial on the merits. (Horn v. Woods Service Center, Roanoke City General District Court)
- Successfully defended two speeding tickets on behalf of a commercial client, getting the charges reduced to defective equipment (Martinsville General District Court)
- Successfully defended numerous garnishment show causes against commercial clients on the grounds that the garnishment summons were improperly served (Harrisonburg and Lynchburg Circuit Courts)
- Court granted demurrer to the plaintiff’s declaratory judgment action on the grounds that it was preemptive forum shopping (MCCOA, LLC v. Retail Service Systems, Inc., Civil Action No. 7:17-CV-00505 (Western District of Va. Feb. 1, 2018)
- As a law clerk, researched criminal and civil motions before the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court and prepared orders based on hearing outcomes
- Conducted daily misdemeanor trials and appeals in General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Court, prosecuted weekly preliminary hearings in Circuit Court, and prepared witnesses for trial as an intern for the Roanoke County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
- Member, Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy (2014-2016)
- Wake Forest Moot Court: Captain and member, Jessup International Law Moot Court Team (2014-2016); Stanley Competition participant (2015); Walker Competition Elite Eight finalist (2014); moot court mentor (2015-2016)
- Member, Black Law Student Association (2013-2016)
- Chief Justice, South Carolina Student Legislature (2012-2013)
- CALI Award for Trial Practice (2015)
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award (2015)
- Highest Ranking Oralist, Wake Forest Jessup International Law Moot Court team (2015)
- First Place in Extemporaneous Writing Contest (2013)
- Outstanding Written Work in American History, presented by Daughters of the American Revolution (2013)
- Best Legislation and Best Written Brief awarded by South Carolina Student Legislature (2012, 2013)
Case StudiesThe results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
Contract case involving home purchase settled, all fees recovered The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.Case Studies
Preemptive "forum shopping" fails against our client's Trade Secret litigation The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.Case Studies