Kirk Sosebee works within the Construction Litigation section of the Business Litigation group. Additionally, he assists individuals with False Claims Act and Qui Tam/Whistleblower actions. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Kirk was an associate at a large firm in Washington, DC, where he represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including an ICC arbitration, cases involving the False Claims Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and questions of sovereign immunity for State agencies. Kirk is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Siblings; the eldest of 10
States I've lived in (NM, MS, IL, SC, GA, VA)
What makes the law a good fit for you?
I’m the first lawyer in my family. I’ve been interested in the larger picture of law and politics since I was about 12 years old. I studied American politics and policy in college, and I knew I would love the policy aspect of the law and seeking justice. The most satisfying aspect for me is also the most basic: lawyers represent people. The best do so in an orderly fashion.
You're the eldest of ten children -- it makes sense that law and order are important to you.
Yes, as the oldest, I got pretty good at arguing! I love the competitiveness of litigation. I love being in court, arguing for my clients, and getting the jury to understand the issue. Coming from a large law firm, I'm most looking forward to client interactions, strategizing, and (of course) court appearances.
Construction litigation and federal Qui Tam cases; isn't that an unusual combination?
I suppose it is. Between college and law school, I worked for a building contractor. So, I'm quite comfortable with the industry and the processes they go through, as well as the road blocks that can pop up and require legal assistance. The federal work is something I really enjoyed focusing on in law school, and when I started practicing. The cases take longer, but the complexity and the procedural requirements keep it interesting.
Which of the six states you lived in was your favorite?
As an Air Force family, we got to see some interesting places. I'd have to say that Georgia and Virginia are my favorites. I really love living life out in the country. Southwest Virginia is a great place to raise kids, and we’re very happy and blessed to be living near family.
- Patrick Henry College, B.A. 2010
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2014
- Represents clients in complex construction disputes
- Represented both defendants and relators in False Claims Act cases valued over $100M
- Represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation settings, including cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and questions of sovereign immunity for State agencies
- Worked on a Supreme Court amicus brief at the petition for certiorari stage
- Worked on pro bono projects, including researching and compiling information on state Freedom of Information Acts
- As a Legal Research Assistant with the University of Virginia Supreme Court Litigation Clinic in Charlottesville, conducted research on employment discrimination issues, including vicarious liability, for petitioner’s Supreme Court brief in an employment discrimination case at the United States Supreme Court; researched and identified cases in the federal Courts of Appeal for potential Supreme Court cert petitions; reviewed petitions for filing with the Supreme Court
- As an Assistant Project Manager and Estimator for a Virginia construction contractor, assisted in preparing bids for and managing large construction projects
- Member, The Virginia Bar Association (2016-Present)
- Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2016-Present)
- Member, American Bar Association (2015-Present)
- Best Oralist, Legal Research & Writing Moot Court, 1L section, University of Virginia School of Law
- Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law
- Co-author, The False Claims Act: Past, Present, and Future; The Federal Lawyer, a publication of the Federal Bar Association (December 2016).