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G. Michael Pace, Jr. Recognized as Statewide “Leader in the Law”

G. Michael Pace, Jr., Managing Partner for the Virginia law firm Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, has been recognized as a “Leader in the Law” for 2009 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Pace is one of only 28 attorneys statewide to be honored with the achievement. The “Leaders in the Law” award, now in its fourth year, is given annually to attorneys and law professionals who demonstrate significant achievements or contributions to the practice of law in the previous year. The awards “aim to honor the lawyers who are setting the standard for other lawyers.” Pace joins Gentry Locke attorneys Monica […]

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Faith & Law Seminar 2009 – Roanoke, VA

A balance of faith and law can be achieved. Registration for this event is now closed. Religious organizations encounter many of the same issues that confront other businesses during their lifecycle. We’ve seen this time and time again in our 85+ years of practice. Just as an organization or congregation will grow and change, so will its legal needs, it challenges, and its opportunities. One uninformed decision can undo decades of service or jeopardize your tax-exempt status. You spend many hours each week attending to the needs of people who turn to you for spiritual guidance.  Shouldn’t you spend a […]

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Your Rights as a Freelance Writer – Roanoke, VA

Virginia attorney David Paxton will speak on writer’s rights, ownership of work product and freelance contracting issues on September 15th at Center in the Square. This is the 5th edition of The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Writers Workshops series. David’s presentation will be the first by a non-writer, but it will also be important in enabling writers to better understand the business and intellectual property side of the creative pursuit of writing. For more information or to register for this and other in this series of free workshops, contact: Rhonda Hale The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge […]

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2009 Virginia State Bar Minority Pre-Law Conference

  Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest! Thinking about going to Law School? Do you have questions about the Law School Admissions Process, Financial Aid, and Career Opportunities in the Legal Profession? Come meet the professionals with the answers. One attendee will win an LSAT Preparation Course by Kaplan — a $1,000 value! This conference is free and open to all students interested in a legal career. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The Conference will focus on the law school application process, the LSAT, the realities […]

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Interrogatories, Requests for Production, and Requests for Admission

On August 14, 2009, Gentry Locke attorney Brett Marston spoke at a Civil Discovery Institute seminar presented by Virginia CLE in Charlottesville designed to offer “A Comprehensive Look at Civil Discovery Issues to Enhance Your Practice Skills and to Develop Strategies to Plan Your Attack.” Marston’s session provided attendees with information on interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admission.  

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Florida Staffing Association Staffing Industry Legal Issues Update

Attorney Diane Geller will speak at the 21st Annual Florida Staffing Summit and Executive Retreat in Orlando, Florida. Geller will provide updates to legal issues affecting the Staffing Industry. “Legally Speaking” will cover critical legal issues affecting staffing businesses every day and the strategies they can use to save money now. The theme of the FSA Summit is “Bouncing Back…Leaping Forward”. Geller is licensed to practice law in Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Virginia. For more information or to sign up to attend, click here.

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Change has Arrived: Is Your Company Prepared? – NRV-SHRM

Virginia attorney Todd Leeson gave a presentation to Human Resource professionals attending the May meeting of the New River Valley SHRM chapter on May 20, 2009. Leson provided attendees practical advice and proactive steps to take regarding new amendments to the ADA, the “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA, or “Card Check Bill”), new FMLA regulations, and new federal legislative and administrative initiatives on equal pay amendments, whistleblower claims, sexual orientation as a protected class, and the new definition of Supervisor. The room was filled to capacity with attendees, who were eligible to receive HRCI recertification credit for attending the presentation.

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Virginia Staffing Association

On May 21, 2009, Gentry Locke attorney Diane J. Geller spoke to attendees of the Virginia Staffing Association Chapter Meeting held at the Chesapeake Chamber of Commerce. Geller’s presentation was entitled “Are You On-Board with Labor Laws & Compliance Issues?” Topics covered included: Changes to COBRA Proposed changes/update on the “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA, also known as the Card Check Bill) New I-9 and E-verify rules

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“Are You On-Board with Labor Laws & Compliance Issues?”

On May 19, 2009, Gentry Locke attorney Diane J. Geller spoke to attendees of the CASA Chapter Meeting held at the St. Gregory Hotel in Washington, DC. Geller’s presentation was entitled “Are You On-Board with Labor Laws & Compliance Issues?” Topics covered included: Changes to COBRA Proposed changes/update on the “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA, also known as the Card Check Bill) New I-9 and E-verify rules

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National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses

On May 8, 2009, Gentry Locke attorney Diane J. Geller spoke to attendees of the Tech Serve Alliance (formerly NACCB) Chapter Meeting held in West Palm Beach, Florida. Geller’s presentation was entitled “Are You On-Board with Labor Laws & Compliance Issues?” Topics covered included: How are independent contractors classified?  What is truly required to remain in a safe harbor while utilizing independent contractors Use of 1099 forms Wage & Hour posters: Fines are possible if they are not being posted. Where is this information available, and what are the requirements for having the information posted/available at work sites where employees are assigned? Review of […]

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Motion to Dismiss Granted in Defamation and Malicious Prosecution Case

The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.

Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore for the Defense Circuit Court of Franklin County Gentry Locke represented an individual defendant in a multi-count defamation and malicious prosecution case. Plaintiff sought $250,000 in compensatory damages, plus $350,000 in punitive damages. We filed demurrers (motions to dismiss) to all claims on behalf of our client. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Court granted our client’s demurrer to the malicious prosecution claim “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be brought again. The Court granted the demurrer to the defamation claims without prejudice and ordered the plaintiff to refile her claims, identifying all allegedly defamatory […]

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“Weathering the Storm” Construction Industry Event

What is your strategy for managing your company during 2009’s construction economy? Can knowing industry trends help you weather market turbulence? Thomas Rutherfoord, Inc. and Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore are pleased to present a half-day presentation by Hank Harris, President and Managing Director of FMI Management Consulting. Harris has written two books on the application of strategic planning to managing construction industry firms. For a map showing where to park, please click here or on the “Associated File” link below. Agenda: 8:00 a.m.

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Have You Made A Last-Ditch, Desperate, and Disingenuous Attempt to Subvert the Legal Process Today?

This article was co-authored by Gentry Locke attorney Travis Graham, and in 2009 was published in Virginia Lawyer Magazine. To download the article from the VSB site in PDF format, click here. It has been a long time since we’ve been wrong about anything. It has been even longer since we were incorrect, and together we cannot remember the last time that we misread a case. This is not to say that either of us is especially smart or perceptive. It’s just that, over the past few years, we’ve noticed a trend in the language we see in briefs and pleadings. […]

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FMLA Internet Webinar

By popular demand, Gentry Locke’s Employment Team is offering a seminar to help businesses better understand the 200+ pages of changes recently made to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Who: Human Resource Personnel, Executives, Business Owners, In-house Counsel When: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 11:45-Noon Please log in to the link provided to you by email and follow the instructions for video and audio access Noon-1:30 pm Presentation 1:30-2:00 pm Q&A session Where: Your computer. An email will provide you with linking information. >>Access Webinar FAQs/Webinar Help Form How: Registration is now closed. $75 includes materials, which will be emailed to […]

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