Gentry Locke Marks One Year in Richmond with Continued Expansion
RICHMOND, Va. (November 7, 2019) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is marking the first anniversary of its Richmond office with continued growth, including additional physical space, the expansion of its Government and Regulatory Affairs practice with the addition of Government Affairs Director Matthew S. Moran, and the hiring of litigation Associate Jeffrey P. Miller, and former Williamsburg Vice-Mayor and commercial Associate Daniel Scott Foster, Jr.
Gentry Locke’s Richmond office now includes a dozen full-time employees and the firm recently doubled its physical space and occupies nearly half of the 11th floor in the SunTrust building. The firm expects additional hires for the Richmond office.
“We could not be more excited about the success of Gentry Locke’s Richmond office,” said Gentry Locke Managing Partner Monica Monday. “As we pass our first anniversary, we look forward to continued growth to help meet the needs of our clients.”
With the opening of the firm’s Richmond office in the fourth quarter of 2018, it launched its Government and Regulatory Affairs practice with Partners Gregory D. Habeeb and John G. “Chip” Dicks, both of whom are former members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Moran’s arrival and background in government will dramatically increase the firm’s ability to help clients navigate the changing political landscape in Virginia.
“Gentry Locke is now the only firm than can offer clients the capabilities of two former legislators, one Democrat and one Republican, a senior legislative and political staffer, and a former elected local government official,” said Monday. “Matt’s tremendous experience in state policy and strategic communications will be a great asset to our clients and Scott’s experience in local government will be key to supporting our clients’ needs at the local level.”
Moran most recently served as Chief of Staff to Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox. He also served as a top adviser to House Speaker Bill Howell, and worked for Congressman Morgan Griffith and 2017 gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. Since 2011, Moran has worked on numerous state and federal political campaigns, and since 2013 he has worked on nearly every major policy initiative in the Virginia General Assembly. At Gentry Locke, Moran will provide strategic communications guidance to clients who need a comprehensive strategy to support their legal and policy goals. Moran earned his B.A. in government from the University of Virginia.
Miller will join the firm’s Litigation practice group with a focus on insurance defense, business disputes, brain injury litigation, products liability, consumer law, construction law, and appellate. He has tried dozens of General District Court cases to verdict, tried multiple Circuit Court trials to jury verdict as second-chair, and assisted with multi-day federal jury trial that settled just before giving the case to the jury. He also won dismissal of million-dollar premises lawsuit on a pre-discovery motion to dismiss. Miller is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and Regis University.
Foster will join the firm’s General Commercial practice focusing on land use, outdoor advertising and representing businesses in general corporate matters. He will also work with the Government and Regulatory Affairs practice on matters related to local government. In 2010, as a student at William & Mary, Foster was the first college student to be elected to Williamsburg City Council. During his time on city council, Foster worked to redevelop the downtown area and improve the relationship between William & Mary and the City of Williamsburg, and was instrumental in adopting the progressive 2013 City of Williamsburg Comprehensive Plan. Foster earned both his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from William & Mary.
“With the leadership of Greg and Chip we have been proud to provide high quality service to clients. But the addition of Matt, Jeff and Scott takes our offering to the next level as we ensure our clients are positioned to navigate the wide ranging changes expected out of the capitol,” Monday added.
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