Gentry Locke Welcomes Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia as Senior Counsel to the Firm

ROANOKE, VA (May 1, 2015) – Gentry Locke is delighted to announce the addition of the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Cynthia D. Kinser, who will serve as Senior Counsel to the firm beginning May 5, 2015. Justice Kinser will focus on appeals, criminal matters, and government investigations. Cynthia D. Kinser, Senior Counsel with Gentry Locke

As Virginia’s first woman chief justice, Kinser spent 17 years on the Supreme Court of Virginia, with more than three of those years as Chief Justice. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court of Virginia, she worked in private practice in southwest Virginia, served a term as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Lee County, served as Bankruptcy Trustee, and was a Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia. Justice Kinser is recognized not only for her legal and leadership abilities, but also for her commitment to public service.

According to Kinser, “I am honored to be joining Gentry Locke as Senior Counsel to the firm. I am excited about working on appellate, criminal, and government investigation matters and once again serving clients. With this new step in my professional career, I also hope to serve my community and the legal profession, and to provide pro bono legal services.”

“It is an incredible honor for us to have Justice Kinser join our firm,” notes Monica Monday, Managing Partner of the firm. “Justice Kinser has served with distinction in the state and federal judiciary, and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom to our firm.  As Senior Counsel, she will be enhancing the services we provide to our clients in growing practice areas.”

Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., a former federal prosecutor who chairs Gentry Locke’s Criminal & Government Investigations group, says “I am thrilled to have Justice Kinser join us. I am excited to be working with her and know she will bring the highest quality of representation to our clients.”

Kinser is the recipient of several notable awards, among them the Virginia Bar Association’s Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law in 2011. The Baliles award is the Virginia Bar Association’s highest honor. It recognizes exceptional service and contributions to the bar and public at large. Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, along with the University of Virginia, which grants no honorary degrees. The award recognizes the achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard, namely, architecture, law, and citizen leadership.

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