Gentry Locke Adds Three New Associates to Firm

ROANOKE, Va. (December 7, 2023) – The Virginia law firm Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Phoebe M. Brannock, Jessica Otiono and Kate Pollard have joined the firm as associates.

“We are excited to welcome this exceptional group of young attorneys who have already been a part of the Gentry Locke team as summer associates during their law school tenures,” said Gentry Locke Managing Partner Brett Marston. “These women each bring a high level of legal skill and commitment to client service, and we are pleased to officially welcome them aboard.”

Brannock joins the firm’s Roanoke office where she is a member of the General Commercial Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on commercial transactions, real estate and land use, and mergers and acquisitions. Brannock served as a 2022 summer associate with Gentry Locke. She earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and received her B.A., summa cum laude, from The College of William & Mary. While attending law school, Brannock served as a judicial intern for the Texas Second Court of Appeals and as a research assistant for the Appalachian Law Center.

Otiono has also joined Gentry Locke’s Roanoke office and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Civil Defense Litigation and Employment Practice Groups. She focuses on providing strategic counsel to clients and handling the complexities of commercial litigation. Otiono worked as a 2022 summer associate for Gentry Locke and received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. A Nigerian immigrant, she is also licensed in Nigeria having earned her B.L. from Nigerian Law School and her L.L.B. from Lagos State University in Lagos, Nigeria.

Pollard joins the firm’s Richmond office as a member of the Commercial Litigation and Civil Defense Practice Groups. She worked as a summer associate for Gentry Locke in 2022 before earning her J.D. from William & Mary Law School. Pollard also received her B.A. from the University of Virginia. While attending law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Arlington County Circuit Court and as an intern at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. Pollard also worked as a research assistant for the Virginia Coastal Policy Center and as a legislative aide at a boutique lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

About Gentry Locke

With over 80 lawyers practicing across a range of disciplines, Gentry Locke brings uncommon thinking and deep experience to the legal and business challenges of companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals — a commitment the firm has met since 1923. Operating from offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond, and Norfolk, Gentry Locke serves clients in Virginia and across the United States. Meet the firm’s dynamic attorneys and learn more about its fierce drive to achieve success for its clients by exploring our website.

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