Gentry Locke Welcomes Associate Jennifer DeGraw
ROANOKE, VA (January 23, 2016) – Gentry Locke is pleased to welcome Jennifer S. DeGraw to our Roanoke, Virginia headquarters. Jennifer will join the firm’s Criminal & Government Investigations group, focusing on defending white-collar criminal matters in federal court.
According to Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., who leads Gentry Locke’s Criminal & Government Investigations group, “We are extremely fortunate to have convinced Jenny to join Gentry Locke. She is an extraordinarily talented lawyer who will be of great benefit to our clients.”
Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Jennifer was a state prosecutor in North Carolina and a federal prosecutor in Virginia. She has successfully tried 7 federal criminal jury trials and over 300 federal and state criminal bench trials. Her extensive experience from the prosecutorial side enables her to strategically advise clients.
From 2012-2016, Jennifer served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, where she directed government investigations and prosecuted a variety of matters including federal narcotics offenses, offenses involving controlled substance analogues (synthetic drugs), money laundering, firearms offenses, violent crimes, Hobbs Act robbery, identity theft, fraud, customs and importation violations, and child exploitation cases. During that time, she gained valuable experience with the use of the federal Grand Jury in investigations and by working with a myriad of federal law enforcement agencies.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in psychology and history. She earned her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and has applied for reciprocal admission to the Virginia State Bar. Learn more about Jennifer at www.gentrylocke.com/degraw.