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Helping Employers Navigate COVID-19 and Virginia’s New Workplace Laws: A Four-Part Series

A lunch-time series with Q&A – presented by: David Paxton, Christen Church, Erin Harrigan, Cate Huff, Paul Klockenbrink, Todd Leeson, Kelsey Martin, Matthew Moran, and Jeff Howard (ARCpoint Labs)   Latest COVID-19 Guidance, Return to Work & PPP Forgiveness May 12 12:15pm-1:30pm David Paxton, Christen Church, and Jeff Howard Register Here   New Employment Laws Effective July 1 – Are You Ready? May 27 12:15pm-1:30pm Todd Leeson, Kelsey Martin, and Matthew Moran Register Here   Beyond the Headlines: Virginia Values Act Will Transform Employment Litigation in Virginia: What You Need to Know June 3 12:15pm-1:15pm Cate Huff and Todd Leeson […]

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Don’t Leave HR to Luck: 2020 Employment Law Symposium (Postponed)

Important Symposium Update as of March 12, 2020 TO:  Registrants for the Gentry Locke Labor & Employment Symposium RE:  Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) After careful evaluation, we have decided to postpone our Labor & Employment Symposium that was scheduled on March 17 in Lynchburg and March 19 in Roanoke. Protecting our attendees, speakers, and staff is our top priority. We will evaluate the landscape and will inform you of our future plans as soon as possible. We will assess any requests for refunds after we decide our future plans (that may also include webinars). Thank you for your patience and […]

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The Interplay Between FMLA, ADA, & WC

On October 17, 2019, Gentry Locke Employment Law Partners Paul Klockenbrink and Catherine Huff co-presented at a Lynchburg Regional SHRM seminar. Their program focused on navigating the interplay of workers compensation, FMLA, and the ADA. Topics included extended leaves of absence, mental heath issues, intermittent leave, and the limits of reasonable accommodations. Klockenbrink and Huff explored real life examples to take an in depth look at these laws and provide practical solutions to these difficult issues faced by Human Resources and management.

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Non-Competition Issues and Strategies

On September 25, 2019, Gentry Locke Employment Law Partner Paul Klockenbrink co-presented at ALFA International’s Labor & Employment Regional Seminar. The panel, which included two other ALFA firm attorneys, covered non-compete agreements. These agreements have been under attack by a number of Courts and Legislatures in recent times. The panel discussed current judicial and legislative trends with non-competes, and offered insights and strategies to ensure the enforceability of these provisions in light of those trends.

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Construction Contract Documents: AGCVA Supervisory Training

On May 7, 2019, Gentry Locke Partner Spencer Wiegard co-presented a full day of training for members of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) at the association’s Glen Allen, Virginia headquarters. Spencer was joined by David W. Spriggs, PE, who is Principal and Structural Engineering Division Manager for Draper Aden Associates. The full day of training will continue when they return to present on May 21, 2019.

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Presentation on School Modernization Legislation Passed by the 2019 General Assembly

On April 10, 2019 Gentry Locke Partner Chip Dicks presented information to attendees of the Tom Tom Conference on using solar energy and the creativity of the private sector to enable localities to better address public school building needs. Below are Chip’s comments. Delegate Nick Rush and Senator Bill Stanley sponsored transformative legislation to create a new paradigm for building public schools and facilities, using solar energy and the creativity of the private sector. The private sector has come forward with a tool in the toolbox for localities to help address public school building needs. The private sector has showed […]

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HR March Madness: 2019 Employment Law Symposium

Master the brackets and score for your company by attending our 2019 Employment Law Symposium. It’s March Madness, HR style! Gentry Locke’s Employment Law attorneys will help you fill out your employment law brackets so you can successfully advance and WIN for your company. Register now to get a courtside seat for this full day of action! Professional Credits: As a SHRM Recertification Provider, Gentry Locke is recognized by SHRM to offer 5.5 hours of Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM for this day of programming. Additionally, this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for […]

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Moderator, Recent Construction Court Cases Panel Discussion

Gentry Locke Partner Herschel Keller moderated a panel of presenters for attendees of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Virginia’s 2019 Annual Convention. The convention took place at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Herschel is a past president of the Central District Committee for the AGC of Virginia, and services clients in our Lynchburg and Richmond offices.

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CLE co-presenter, The Life of an Appeal in the Court of Appeals of Virginia

On October 18, 2018, Gentry Locke Managing Partner Monica Monday and The Honorable Glen A. Huff, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, presented a CLE session to attendees of the Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum held in Wytheville, Virginia. “The Life of an Appeal in the Court of Appeals of Virginia” focused on some of the essentials lawyers need to know to effectively practice in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, including preserving error, filing the appeal, briefing and oral argument, and post-appeal filings and proceedings. The event was presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations, in […]

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Trial Tales: Detailed analysis of Eramo v. Rolling Stone

On September 27, 2018, Gentry Locke Partner David Paxton was a panelist for attendees of the 2018 Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Media Law Conference in Reston, Virginia. David joined two additional panel members, providing analysis of the Eramo v. Rolling Stone case, which was a complex and highly publicized defamation case he handled that concluded in 2017. The MLRC is a non-profit membership association for content providers in all media, and for their defense lawyers. It provides a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues.  These include news and analysis of legal, legislative and […]

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#MeToo – Sexual Harassment: New Initiatives for Companies

On September 20, 2018, Gentry Locke partner Todd Leeson spoke at the Legal Update event sponsored and attended by the New River Valley SHRM chapter. Todd’s session focused on how sexual harassment continues to be a significant problem in the workplace, and management training has proven to be largely ineffective in preventing inappropriate conduct at work. Todd updated attendees on the legal and practical steps their companies must take to make real progress.

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Navigating the Defense of Multi-Defendant Litigation to Avoid Ethical and Professional Negligence Issues

On June 15, 2018, Gentry Locke partner Paul Klockenbrink co-presented a program that covered the ethical and potential liability issues involved in representing multiple defendants. The program was presented at ALFA International’s conference for members of ALFA International’s Insurance Law, Labor & Employment and Professional Liability Practice Groups. The conference took place in New York City from June 13-15, 2018.

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Risk Management presentation to AGC of Virginia 2018 Young Construction Leaders

On June 7, 2018, Gentry Locke attorney Andrew Gay will co-present a session on Risk Management to attendees at the Association of General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) Young Construction Leaders Program. Andrew will present with members of the Marsh & McLennan Agency in Richmond, Virginia. For more information or to register, contact Courtney Baker at (540) 323-0311.  

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Piercing the Corporate Veil: Pursuit and Defense of Shareholders’ Individual Assets

On May 30, 2018 two Gentry Locke partners will present a CLE to Virginia CLE attendees at Virginia CLE’s Charlottesville, Virginia headquarters. Michael J. Finney and Alicha Grubb will present alongside an attorney from a Charlottesville firm, Jonathan T. Blank. The event website page describes the session thusly: Our experienced speakers will address this complex issue from both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s point of view, highlighting the issues at stake and sharing practical tips to assist your representation of your client’s interests. Among the issues they will address are: How strong is the presumption of the corporate veil? What can a […]

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#HR: 2018 Employment Law Symposium

ROANOKE: MAY 10 – Full The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center LYNCHBURG: MAY 14 The Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center Human Resources is buzzing along at the speed of NOW. Is your company able to keep up? Gentry Locke’s Employment Law Team will help your company be prepared for and inoculated against some of the most potent viral movements we’ve ever seen. Register now to learn about the most click-worthy issues affecting businesses this year! Registration is open for Lynchburg (May 14) Professional Credits: As a SHRM Recertification Provider, Gentry Locke is recognized by SHRM to offer 6.5 hours […]

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Law and Medicine: Physicians in the Courtroom presentation

Gentry Locke attorneys Ben Byrd and Nick Leitch will present a seminar to Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine’s 4th-year students on Monday, April 30 at the Riverside complex in Roanoke.  The “Law and Medicine: Physicians in the Courtroom” course will deal with the various ways in which the lives of these physicians can intersect with the legal system throughout their careers, both in terms of being witness-advocates for their patients, as well as expert witnesses and/or witnesses on their behalf in medical litigation. Attorneys Byrd and Leitch will be joined by Professor Tim MacDonnell of Washington & Lee School of […]

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CLE Panel on Coal Ash Issues

The Virginia Bar Association will hold its summer program at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, where on July 20, 2018, Gentry Locke Partner Charles L. Williams will appear on a panel discussing coal ash issues. As head of the Environmental Law Group at Gentry Locke, Charlie Williams has abundant experience in such matters. His role as a negotiator for the City of Danville after a coal ash spill polluted the Dan River in 2014 makes him particularly suited to present on the topic. Attorneys from all over Virginia will converge and will receive CLE credit for their attendance.

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AIA Contract Documents 2017 Updates – Time is Running Out

On April 3, 2018, Gentry Locke Partner Brett Marston was a panelist on a webinar provided by ALFA International, the international legal network Gentry Locke has been a member of since 1988. The webinar helped construction industry professionals gain an understanding of the changes in the April, 2017 updated AIA contract forms, which must be adopted into use by October 31, 2018. These contract forms include the standard forms of agreement between owner and contractor and owner and architect, as well as the A201 General Conditions. The panelists included two other Construction Law attorneys from ALFA International affiliated law firms in Tennessee and Ohio. […]

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Circuit Court – Challenging Defendant’s Medical Evidence CLE

On May 9, 2018 and May 15, 2018 Gentry Locke partner Benjamin D. Byrd will present a CLE session to members of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) at their 2018 May Tort Seminar. Ben’s presentation will cover 4:10 Examinations as they relate to challenging medical evidence presented by Defendants. The session covers the Virginia state court rule, not the federal rule.

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Cyber Security Risk From a Fiduciary Perspective — ESOP Association Conference

On March 9, Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will speak at the ESOP Association Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Chapter’s 2018 Spring Conference. Bill’s topic will cover “Cyber Security Risk From a Fiduciary Perspective.” Gentry Locke is a Bronze Sponsor of the chapter’s 2018 Spring ESOP Conference and Golf Tournament. This year’s conference offers a great line-up of expert speakers, roundtables, and workshops designed for all levels of employee-ownership. For more information or to register, click here.    

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Mitigating Cyber Security Risk from a Fiduciary Perspective — NCEO Conference

On April 18, 2018, Gentry Locke Partner Bill Gust will be presenting a session at the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Bill’s topic will cover “Mitigating Cyber Security Risk from a Fiduciary Perspective.” Representatives from employee-owned companies from around the world attend the conference, which runs from April 18–20, with preconference sessions on April 17. Gentry Locke is pleased to be a sponsor of this event. As a sponsor, we’re pleased to offer the following discount codes. Just provide them when you register on their website: $35 off main conference per attendee: 18Save35 $25 off […]

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Who Controls the Sandbox? Gender Disparity in Law Firms

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Gentry Locke Senior Counsel Cynthia Kinser will deliver the keynote address at The Success Project for Women Attorneys, an event sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Justice Kinser’s speech will address the barriers that women attorneys still face and have to overcome in order to reach the same level of success as men attorneys.

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2017 Annual Central Virginia Construction Conference

On Friday, November 17, Gentry Locke associate Andrew Gay presented on “From Project Manager to Attorney at Law: Things I wish I knew when I managed construction projects” to attendees at the 2017 Annual Central Virginia Construction Conference presented by Brown Edwards. The event took place in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Omni Hotel and Conference Center.

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Bring Your Gun to Work: The Concealed and Open Carry of Firearms in the Workplace and on the Job Site

On Friday, November 3, Gentry Locke partner Spencer Wiegard was a co-presenter with Doug Cole, VP and General Counsel for ECS, at the Virginia State Bar Construction and Public Contracts Law Section’s annual conference. The title of their presentation was “Bring Your Gun to Work: The Concealed and Open Carry of Firearms in the Workplace and on the Job Site.”  

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Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Guardians of the Rule of Law

Gentry Locke Senior Counsel Partner Cynthia D. Kinser will be Keynote Speaker as well as a panelist at an upcoming event for attorneys offered by the Virginia State Bar on Friday, October 13, 2017. The “Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum” event takes place at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and provides up to seven hours of CLE credit. Justice Kinser’s keynote speech is entitled “Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Guardians of the Rule of Law.” The Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations is presenting the conference in cooperation with the Supreme Court of […]

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

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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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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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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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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