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Guy Harbert chairs the Insurance practice group at Gentry Locke. For nearly 30 years, Guy has represented clients before trial and appellate courts throughout Virginia on insurance coverage, insurance defense, and white collar and other criminal defense matters. He is an active member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and a frequent lecturer and author on insurance litigation issues. Guy is consistently noted as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal Injury General: Defense, and he earned a spot on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in Insurance Law.

  • Years at Gentry Locke
  • Insurance fraud investigations
  • Cool plaques on my wall
  • What’s your approach to handling matters for your clients?

    I think the key to handling a matter is a mastery of the process. My clients know I am going to cover all the bases for their situation in a methodical manner. If you approach a matter objectively, investigate it thoroughly, and do so using a streamlined process, you’ve valued your client’s time and money wisely. My clients seem to appreciate the discipline and breadth of experience I apply to their matters, and the protocols I’ve developed minimize the opposition’s ability to present us with surprises. So along the way, whether prior to or during a trial or in the midst of a settlement, we’re poised to make the right move.

  • Is there one particular matter through the years that was more of a challenge?

    Probably my largest source of satisfaction from my 30+ years with Gentry Locke is the fact that my litigation experience has run a huge gamut. From plaintiff’s cases to trademark infringement, insurance coverage litigation to products liability to criminal defense. I even was an independent prosecutor for a very memorable murder case in Wise County. Opposing me for the defense was my criminal law professor from law school. We prevailed in that matter, and the next week I started a federal criminal trial as defense counsel. Gentry Locke doesn’t pigeonhole its attorneys. Essentially, I’ve created my own practice of law within the firm, and in doing so I’ve staved off boredom and remain engaged and interested in the work.

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1983
  • Davidson College, B.A. 1980

Experience

  • Representation of insurer in $6,000,000 third-party bad faith litigation
  • Representation of insurers in numerous first-party arson/fraud/bad faith litigation
  • Representation of insurers in numerous declaratory judgment actions regarding nature and extent of coverage owed on liability and first-party claims
  • Preparation of amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys in the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding the scope of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act
  • Representation of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a private prosecutor in arson/murder case
  • Representation of physicians, lawyers, accountants and other professionals in criminal tax prosecutions
  • Representation of defendants in trials and settlements of complex wrongful death cases

Affiliations

  • Former Chairman, Policy and Coverage Section, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Member, Litigation Section, The Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Property Insurance Committee, American Bar Association
  • Life Member, Virginia Chapter, International Association of Arson Investigators

Awards

  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America® in Insurance Law (2012-2017), also listed in Best Lawyers in America – Business Edition (2016)
  • Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Plaintiff Defense/General (2012-2014); also Virginia Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Defense: General (2007-2008, 2010-2016)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Insurance Law by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Designated as one of the Legal Elite in the field of Criminal Law by Virginia Business magazine (2003-2006 and 2008-2009)
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.