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Be a Good Dam Lawyer…Navigating Virginia’s Regulation and Requirements for Impounding Structures

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On September 15, 2017, Gentry Locke partner Kathy Wright presented a CLE seminar with J. Duncan Pitchford to attendees of an event presented by The Virginia Bar Association’s Real Estate Section. The event took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. The one-hour course was designed to help real estate and general practitioners navigate Virginia’s dam regulations and dam ownership obligations, including dam maintenance, inspections, construction, alteration, costs and funding.

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Here phishy, phishy…Tips to Evade Phishing Attacks

Christen Church is a partner who focuses her practice on intellectual property, data privacy and security, corporate advisory services, and health care regulation and compliance.   Over $1,300,000,000.00 and 298,728. Respectively, these numbers represent reported losses and number of complaints the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received in 2016. Many of these losses resulted from ransomware, tech support fraud, and Business Email Compromise (BEC), with most originating from phishing emails. BEC scams represent the increasingly sophisticated efforts of internet criminals. A criminal sends a phishing email to allow the scammers into your email accounts and computer system.  Once you click […]

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Doing Business in Virginia: Cheap Registration Fee v. Costly Failure to Register

Amanda Morgan is Of Counsel to Gentry Locke’s Lynchburg office, where she focuses on municipal, civil, and business litigation.  Companies formed in states other than Virginia (known as non-Virginia or “foreign companies”) must register with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (“SCC”) before transacting business in Virginia. Registration involves completing an annual form and paying a nominal fee (which varies depending on the type of company) to the SCC along with appointing a registered agent in Virginia to accept service of any lawsuit papers or other legal notices. Companies that merely own real estate or other assets in Virginia generally are […]

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22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America®

Anthony M. Russell Named a Roanoke “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America ROANOKE, Va. (August 15, 2017) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2018 edition), a national legal ranking. Attorneys were nominated by their peers and recognized for their outstanding professional achievement in several legal practice areas, including appellate practice, banking and finance law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense, employment law, insurance law, medical malpractice law, tax law, trusts and estates, and more. […]

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Wrongful death surgery “blame game” results in verdict of over $8.75M

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Gentry Locke for the Plaintiff Fairfax County Circuit Court Karen Ebersole was 55 years old when a right middle cerebral artery bifurcation aneurysm was incidentally found on MRI.  She was a candidate for both neurosurgical and neuro-endovascular intervention.  She ultimately chose to pursue a neuro-endovascular “coiling” procedure to be performed by Dr. Richard Pergolizzi.  Ironically, Dr. Pergolizzi was one of the partners at Fairfax Radiological Consultants, Ms. Ebersole’s long-time employer.  The procedure was performed on May 6, 2013 under general anesthesia.  The paralytic drug rocuronium was used for paralysis at the beginning of the procedure to facilitate intubation.  The plan […]

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The DPOR and the Virginia Board for Contractors; Regulatory Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement Actions

On August 3, 2017 Gentry Locke partner Spencer Wiegard presented before attendees at the 2017 Convention and Annual Meeting of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VAMMHA). In presenting “The DPOR and the Virginia Board for Contractors; Regulatory Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement Actions,” Spencer discussed Virginia contractor license requirements and regulations, and how those requirements and regulations impact manufacturers and retailers of modular and manufactured homes.

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Gentry Locke Partner Christen Church Quoted in Article on Medical Data Breach

Gentry Locke partner Christen Church, who handles health care regulation and compliance, and data privacy and security, was recently quoted in a Dan Casey article in The Roanoke Times regarding on an ongoing, inadvertent medical data breach. A local CPA has been receiving faxes with private medical information for four years. Christen is quoted as follows: Christen Church, an attorney at Gentry Locke whose practice areas include intellectual property, health care regulation compliance and data privacy and security, said what I described seemed to clearly fall under the category of “inadvertent” breaches, rather than “malicious” ones. But either way, under the law it sounds […]

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Lawsuit filed against Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Mountain Valley Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2017 Contact: Justin M. Lugar, 540.983.9324, jlugar@gentrylocke.com Lawsuit filed against Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Mountain Valley Pipeline on behalf of landowners Constitutionality of FERC eminent domain procedures challenged ROANOKE, Va. (July 27, 2017) – Today attorneys of the Virginia law firm Gentry Locke filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Roanoke Division, challenging the constitutionality of actions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (“MVP”). A Motion for a Preliminary Injunction has been filed along with the Complaint. The Motion seeks assistance […]

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Doing Business Together – Ten Things to Consider Before You Sign

On July 15, 2017, attendees at the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance’s Annual Conference learned about “Doing Business Together – Ten Things to Consider Before You Sign,” a joint presentation by Gentry Locke attorneys Brett Marston and Andrew Gay, and Billy Robinson of Brown Edwards CPAs. The event took place at The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The VTCA is the leading advocate and only state association exclusively dedicated to serving the contractors, aggregate producers, engineers, suppliers and service providers who design, build and maintain Virginia’s transportation network.

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Gentry Locke welcomes Mia R. Yugo to Criminal & Government Investigations Group

ROANOKE, Va. – Mia R. Yugo has joined the Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke as an associate in the Roanoke office, where she will work with the Criminal & Government Investigations Group on white-collar criminal defense matters in federal courts. Mia joins the firm after serving as a law clerk for a general practice firm in Clearwater, Florida, handling both criminal and civil matters; working extensively on qui tam whistleblowing issues focusing on taxpayer fraud and false claims; and serving as a legal intern for Liberty University’s Office of Legal Affairs. Mia graduated from University of Toronto, Trinity College, […]

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Portrait of Justice Cynthia D. Kinser unveiled at Supreme Court of Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (July 12, 2017) – Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, the first woman chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and senior counsel at the Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke, was honored by having her portrait hung at the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 9. Kinser spent 17 years on the Supreme Court of Virginia, with more than three of those years as chief justice. She retired from the bench in 2014. In 2015, she joined Gentry Locke as senior counsel, where she focuses on appeals, criminal matters and government investigations. “An accomplished legal scholar, Justice Cynthia Kinser is a pioneer in her […]

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The Dangerous Dynamics of Estate Litigation

Travis Graham is a partner at Gentry Locke, where he practices estate, commercial, and personal injury litigation. It is usually possible to avoid most legal difficulties following a loved one’s death through open discussions with family members, sound advice, and prior planning. But not always. And when legal problems do arise, the emotional and financial toll can be devastating. Legal battles following the death of a family member can destroy families and futures, and prevent closure for months or years. Unfortunately, certain aspects of estate planning and administration almost seem to invite controversy. But, these situations are not hopeless. The […]

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Gentry Locke assists in raising funds to support Blue Ridge Legal Services

July 7, 2017 (Roanoke, Va.) – Gentry Locke was pleased to appear in a recent Roanoke Times article regarding our role in helping to ensure that Blue Ridge Legal Services can fully fund a second attorney to serve the needs of our community. Gentry Locke’s donation will be paired with an equal donation from one other large law firm to total $15,000, along with expected generosity from the 100 local firms that were contacted to aid in this endeavor. Monica Monday, our Managing Partner, was quoted in the article as saying “Blue Ridge did not ask us to do this, […]

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Partner Todd Leeson Guest Speaker at annual seminar for private colleges

On June 15, 2017, Brown Edwards held its annual seminar for private colleges and not-for-profit organizations. Gentry Locke partner Todd Leeson was invited to speak in a presentation entitled: “Employment and Student Conduct Legal Issues College Administrators Should Know.” Todd educated college administrators on issues including sexual misconduct under Title IX, union organizing, rights of LGBTQ persons, violence on campus, and upcoming priorities for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the EEOC in the Trump Administration.

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Gentry Locke recognizes J. Rudy Austin’s 50th anniversary at firm

 ROANOKE, Va. (June 12, 2017) – Gentry Locke celebrated the accomplishments of highly esteemed partner J. Rudy Austin for his 50th anniversary at the firm at an event on June 12. “We are proud of Rudy’s contributions to Gentry Locke, his generous role as mentor and partner, and of the honorable way that he has practiced law for 50 years,” said Monica Taylor Monday, managing partner of the firm. “Rudy exemplifies what is best in Virginia lawyers. He is wise, is courteous to everyone with whom he deals, maintains the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, and is fiercely committed […]

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Gentry Locke partner Kevin Holt installed as Roanoke Bar Association president

ROANOKE, Va. (June 19, 2017) – Gentry Locke is very pleased to announce that partner Kevin Walker Holt has assumed the role of president of the Roanoke Bar Association (RBA). Kevin follows a distinguished line of Gentry Locke attorneys who have served as RBA President, including J. Rudy Austin, K. Brett Marston, William R. Rakes and Charles L. Williams. Former partners Wilburn Dibling, Fred Gentry, John Locke, Mike Pace, and Roy Rush also served in this capacity. In addition, Gentry Locke partner Christen C. Church currently serves on the organization’s board of directors. Kevin focuses his practice on commercial, employment, ERISA and […]

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Employment and Student Conduct Legal Issues College Administrators Should Know

On June 15, 2017, Brown Edwards held its annual seminar for private colleges and not-for-profit organizations. Gentry Locke partner Todd Leeson was invited to speak in a presentation entitled: “Employment and Student Conduct Legal Issues College Administrators Should Know.” Todd educated college administrators on issues including sexual misconduct under Title IX, union organizing, rights of LGBTQ persons, violence on campus, and upcoming priorities for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the EEOC in the Trump Administration.

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Beware of Bankruptcy Miscommunication

Bankruptcies are at times an unfortunate necessity. Our clients often find themselves financially overwhelmed, especially when they are the victims of medical malpractice, a defective product or car, and trucking crashes. At times, the financial burdens become so great that clients are left with no choice but to seek the protection of bankruptcy. When clients do so, they must notify their attorneys of this. Failure to do so can lead to drastic consequences. The strange case of Ricketts v. Strange The recent case of Ricketts v. Strange, (February 16, 2017), highlights what can happen when lawyers and clients don’t communicate […]

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Gentry Locke and Managing Partner Monica Monday recognized by Chambers USA

ROANOKE, Va. (June 7, 2017) – Gentry Locke has been recognized as a leading Virginia law firm for commercial litigation by Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual ranking of law firms and attorneys. Additionally, Chambers USA recognized Managing Partner Monica Monday as a “Leading Individual,” with an “outstanding reputation,” for her appellate work. In the law firm ranking, Chambers USA praised the firm’s “renowned expertise in civil dispute resolution and personal injury plaintiff cases” and its work in “white-collar criminal and government investigations, and appellate, medical and insurance matters.” This was Monday’s first year of […]

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We “Heart” the AHA!

  May 25, 2017 – Gentry Locke was pleased to be a Ruby and Red Carpet Sponsor for the 2017 American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” luncheon, which was held at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Gentry Locke’s Managing Partner Monica Monday co-chaired the event and conveyed a moving, personal connection to heart disease in her speech to attendees. In addition to learning about heart attacks and eating heart-healthy, delicious food, a fashion show featured models who are health care workers serving on the front lines of traumatic heart issues. Shown are some of images of this very red, […]

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Gentry Locke Named Best Law Firm in Southwest Virginia in Virginia Living’s “Best of Virginia” issue

ROANOKE, Va. (May 19, 2017) – Gentry Locke is pleased to announce it has been named Best Law Firm in Southwest Virginia by Virginia Living in the 2017 Best of Virginia issue, published on May 18. This year marks the first time the firm has been named to the list. Virginia Living’s sixth annual Best of Virginia issue is a guide of all that is ‘best’ in Virginia. More than 1,500 winners from the annual Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey are featured in 106 categories covering the best in arts, culture & entertainment, living & recreation, shopping, services and food & […]

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Gentry Locke Overall Winner and Large Law Firm Winner in 11th Annual Legal Food Frenzy

  Once again, Gentry Locke attorneys and staff have demonstrated their generosity and love of a great charitable campaign by winning the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The Legal Food Frenzy is a project of The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. It pits law firm against law firm in an effort to stock and support our local food pantry. While last year Gentry Locke elected a Food Czar — Paul Klockenbrink — this year’s organizers whipped the firm into a competitive frenzy with a campaign to elect an “Official Furry Friend of the Legal […]

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Gentry Locke named “Platinum Best Law Firm” by Roanoker magazine

ROANOKE, Va. (May 5, 2017) – Gentry Locke has been named Best Law Firm, Platinum by the Roanoker magazine in its 2017 annual reader poll. The platinum award is the highest honor in each category. The award is part of the magazine’s annual “Best of Roanoke” reader poll, which tabulates more than 68,000 individual votes by readers in more than 125 categories. The “Best of” issue, which is in its 30th continuous year, was published on May 5. Headquartered in Roanoke, VA, the Roanoker magazine has published for 43 years, making it the longest continuously running local magazine in Virginia. LeisureMedia360, which […]

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What’s Been Brewing in the Virginia General Assembly? A Taste of New Alcohol Laws in the Commonwealth

In case you haven’t heard, Virginia is for lovers — of craft beer, spirits and wine! In recent years, many craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries have chosen to call Virginia home. To facilitate the growth and expansion of this industry in Virginia, during its 2017 session, the Virginia General Assembly brewed up a number of bills governing the sale and marketing of alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth. Let’s take a moment to distill some of the new Virginia laws that will go into effect on July 1, 2017. Showcasing Virginia Craft Spirits To support the burgeoning craft spirits industry, the […]

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Answers, Special Pleas and Demurrers

What do you do with that Answer or other responsive pleading? On May 10, 2017, Gentry Locke partner Tony Russell discussed what to consider when the defense has responded to a pleading. Tony’s presentation was included in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) May Tort Law Seminar held in Richmond, Virginia and broadcast via live streaming.

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Gentry Locke Partner John R. Thomas quoted in Boston Globe and Retraction Watch on Recent Brigham and Women’s Hospital Claim

April 28, 2017 – Gentry Locke Partner John R. Thomas, Jr., who represents clients with whistleblower, qui tam claims and False Claims Act litigation, was quoted in two recent articles discussing the recent settlement between the U.S. government and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, resolving allegations that the hospital fraudulently obtained federal grant money. The Boston Globe article, entitled, “Partners, Brigham and Women’s to pay $10m in research fraud case,” is available in a PDF or online here. In addition, Thomas was quoted in a Retraction Watch article entitled, “Harvard teaching hospital to pay $10 million to settle research misconduct allegations.” The […]

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2017 Employment Law Symposium: The New Frontier

Gentry Locke attorneys are ready, willing, and able to assist your company in adapting to the “new lay of the land” for changing federal and state laws. Attend one of our Symposia events, where we’ll cover timely updates like these: Changes in compliance: new rules, new reporting requirements, and new people enforcing them. What to expect from OSHA, EEOC, NLRB, OFCCP, DOL, & other rowdy gangs of acronyms. Handling internal and external workplace threats. Harassment, pay equity, drug testing, workers’ compensation — we will cover a lot of ground! Where and when:  May 2 at the Craddock Terry Hotel and Event […]

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Legislative Libations: Summary of the 2017 General Assembly Session for the AGCVA

On April 13, 2017, Gentry Locke partner Spencer Wiegard summarized the 2017 General Assembly session to attendees of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA). Spencer specifically addressed the bills the AGCVA monitored, supported or opposed, and provided an update on how those bills ended up — whether killed, vetoed, or voted into Law.

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28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that 28 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers® list, a national legal ranking. Attorneys were nominated by their peers and recognized for their outstanding professional achievement in several legal practice areas, including civil litigation, appellate law, criminal defense, business litigation, business/corporate law, construction litigation, employment & labor law and litigation, personal injury, professional liability, and tax law. Of those selected, 17 of the firm’s attorneys are from the Roanoke and Lynchburg offices and were named as Virginia Super Lawyers, while 11 attorneys were selected as Virginia […]

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Gentry Locke attorneys secure settlement for orphaned toddler

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Gentry Locke for the Plaintiff Gentry Locke represented a two-year-old girl and her mother’s estate. The girl was riding with her mother and father when their car collided with another car. There was evidence that both drivers had been drinking and one was speeding. Tragically, both of the girl’s parents died in the crash, as well as the driver of the other car. The girl suffered injuries as did the two passengers in the other car. The estate of the driver of the other car and his insurance company blamed the girl’s mother and grandmother for allowing the girl to ride with her father […]

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Partner Spencer Wiegard quoted on OSHA regulations in national article

March 16, 2017 – Gentry Locke Parner Spencer M. Wiegard, who practices in the areas of construction law and construction litigation, was quoted in an article by Construction Dive writer Kim Slowey entitled “Regulation reboot: What is OSHA’s fate under a Trump administration?” You can read a formatted version of the article here. Here is the text of the article: Regulation reboot: What is OSHA’s fate under a Trump administration? Kim Slowey March 16, 2017 During last year’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump ran on a variety of issues — with deregulation in order to create a more business-friendly environment as one […]

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Gentry Locke Partner Thomas Bondurant, Jr. Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Emory & Henry College

ROANOKE, Va. (March, 2017) – Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., a partner in the Roanoke, Va., office of Gentry Locke, has been named by Emory & Henry College as the 2017 recipient of its E&H Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is granted annually to an alumnus/a who has attained distinguished achievements in a professional or volunteer capacity. Bondurant, who graduated with a B.A., cum laude, class of 1976, will be honored at the Emory & Henry College Founder’s Day on March 23, which pays tribute to the school’s founders and awardees. “I am honored to be recognized by Emory & Henry College […]

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Google Sued By the Department of Labor For Refusal to Submit Compensation Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) filed a lawsuit against the tech mega-giant Google for its refusal to submit compensation data for its employees as part of a compliance review. The complaint alleges that Google repeatedly refused to provide specific compensation data about its employees. The request, which was issued by the OFCCP under Executive Order 11246, asks Google to provide job and salary history for employees which includes a variety of employee-specific data, including “starting salary, starting position, starting ‘compara-ratio,’ starting job code, starting job family, starting job level, starting organization” and any […]

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The OFCCP Continues to Crack Down on Pay Discrimination

This article by Gentry Locke attorneys Lindsey Coley and Brad Tobias was published by Law360 on February 8, 2017. You may read the formatted article here. In the waning days of President Obama’s administration, before President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) forged several new lawsuits against technology and financial companies in a continuing effort to crack down on compensation discrimination. The OFCCP, which is expected to take a more employer-friendly approach under the Trump Administration, still has yet to have a new director appointed. But for now, […]

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Employment Law Update: Will the Trump Administration Make HR Great Again?

We are all anxious to see what changes will occur in the field of employment law with the Trump Administration.  As the featured speaker at the February Roanoke Valley SHRM meeting, Gentry Locke partner Todd Leeson will provide an update on key issues and potential changes HR professionals should be prepared to address. The meeting is open to members and non-members. Register here.

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Increased Focus on Healthcare Prosecutions

The Department of Justice has indicated an increased focus on healthcare fraud by devoting additional resources to these investigations and highlighting recent prosecutions in this area. Of note was the June 2016 sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which resulted in criminal and civil charges of 301 individuals and alleged approximately $900 million in false billing.[1] Among those charged were doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, home health care providers, and other medical providers. This nationwide sweep involved 23 state Medicaid Fraud Control Units and took place in 36 federal districts. This coordinated takedown has been described as the largest […]

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Settlement for $125k in accident due to inattentive truck driver on I-81

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Gentry Locke for the Plaintiff Pulaski County Circuit Court The driver of a truck on I-81 in Pulaski County rear-ended our client’s car when traffic had come to a stop. He was unable to stop in time as a result of not paying attention to traffic conditions. As a result of his inattentive driving, our client suffered injuries to her neck and back. Attorneys for the truck driver claimed that her injuries were the result of extensive pre-existing conditions and were not caused by the crash. Despite the dispute over the cause of the injuries, the defense settled the case for […]

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Best Practices for ESOP Transaction Design in an Era of DOL Scrutiny

On March 10, 2017, Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will speak to attendees of the ESOP Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter-2017 Spring Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. He will discuss “Best Practices for ESOP Transaction Design in an Era of DOL Scrutiny.” Register for the two-day conference online before March 3, or receive more information by emailing esop@esopassociation.org.    

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Managing an ESOP Termination

Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will be a presenter at the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) Conference in Denver, Colorado. More than 1,700 people are expected to attend the conference at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Conference Center April 4-6, 2017. On April 5 at 11:15am, Bill will present information on “Managing an ESOP Termination.” For information about the Conference and the presentations, click here. You may register online or call (510) 208-1300.

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Article on Workplace Harassment by Partner Todd Leeson Published in Bloomberg BNA “Daily Labor Report”

On January 6, 2017, the “Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report” published an article by Gentry Locke Partner Todd Leeson entitled Preventing Harassment in the Workplace: An Updated Analysis of the EEOC’s Call for a ‘‘Reboot.’’ A formatted version of the article provided the publication is available here: Leeson Insights Article (BBNA-2017_final) The article offers insights on the 88-page report on workplace harassment released by the EEOC’s Select Task Force in June 2016, and provides key takeaways for business owners and HR professionals to apply to their companies. It expands information provided in a previous article Todd published to our website. Contact Todd Leeson […]

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Consequences of “Hokie Stone” Case on Public Construction Projects

Because the legal matter in this article was handled by attorneys at Gentry Locke, we are required to inform readers that THE RESULTS OF CLIENT MATTERS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. PAST SUCCESSES DO NOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESSES.   Virginia Tech’s athletes are not the only ones engaged in high-level Hokie contests. In 1997, Virginia Tech contracted with a construction company to build McComas Hall, a facility to house student health, fitness, and recreational services. Consistent with the campus aesthetic, McComas Hall’s exterior featured Hokie Stone, a unique variety of limestone that is quarried on […]

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Gentry Locke Elects Catherine Huff to Partner

ROANOKE, Va. (January 12, 2017) – Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Catherine J. Huff has been promoted to the position of Partner, effective January 1, 2017. Huff, who practices in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Insurance practice groups, has litigated in federal and state courts throughout Virginia. In her practice, she defends employers against discrimination and workplace claims and advises businesses a number of industries, including the restaurant and hospitality industry. “I thoroughly enjoy working with a variety of individuals and getting to know my clients and their businesses,” said Huff. “Understanding how their companies operate enables me […]

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“Andy Warholing It” Article by Justin Lugar Featured in “The Federal Lawyer” Magazine

The December 2016 issue of “The Federal Lawyer” features an unusual article by Gentry Locke Partner Justin Lugar entitled “Andy Warholing It: A New Take on an “Old” Tool”. Justin’s article covers the False Claims Act (FCA), particularly in connection with the expansion of authority for issuing civil investigative demands (CID). As the article introduction states, “…[s]ome creative thinking and bootstrapping of analogous legal principles in the FCA context may provide an avenue for affirmative challenges to government authority that might just turn the process on its head.” Read a formatted PDF of the article here, or the online version here. […]

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Partner Peter Irot Quoted in Workers Compensation Article on WorkCompCentral Website

Gentry Locke attorney Peter Irot, a partner practicing in Gentry Locke’s Insurance and Workers’ Compensation group, was quoted in an article written by reporter Ellen Goodman for WorkCompCentral. The article utilizes the following contributions by Irot: In Virginia, cumulative trauma cases are not covered because state law says workplace injury claims are compensable only if they are “injuries by accident,” which the courts have said must occur due to an “identifiable incident or sudden precipitating event.” That means a worker whose back has worn out from years of heavy labor likely wouldn’t be eligible for workers’ compensation in Virginia unless there was […]

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