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Kirk Sosebee practices in the firm’s Construction Litigation and Business Litigation sections. In his construction practice, Kirk represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals with issues relating to both road building and vertical construction projects, including construction contract negotiations and preparation, payment disputes with private parties and with VDOT, mechanic’s liens, construction defects, delay claims, and OSHA matters. Kirk also represents clients in government contractor debarment proceedings and False Claims Act/whistleblower actions. Kirk is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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  • Why I love being a lawyer...

    I truly enjoy helping clients solve problems. Attorneys can do a lot of good by using creative problem-solving to help our clients avoid litigation, when possible. If we do get to litigation, my competitive side really comes, and I work hard to help our clients win.

  • If I wasn’t practicing law...

    I would do something sports-related. I would enjoy coaching football or baseball, or being a sports commentator. I love the teamwork and competition in sports – similar to the things I enjoy about being a lawyer.

  • 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.

Education

  • Patrick Henry College, B.A. 2010
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2014

Experience

  • Represents clients in complex construction disputes
  • Represents clients in OSHA matters
  • Represents clients in debarment proceedings
  • Represented both defendants and relators in False Claims Act cases valued over $100M
  • Represents clients in a wide range of commercial litigation settings, including cases involving the Virginia Consumer Protection 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
  • Worked on a Supreme Court amicus brief at the petition for certiorari stage
  • Pro bono projects, including representing clients bringing inverse condemnation and VCPA claims

Affiliations

  • Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Roanoke Chapter (2017-Present)
  • Associate, Ted Dalton American Inn of Court (2017-2019)
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of Virginia (2016-Present)
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association (2016-Present)
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2016-Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association (2015-Present)

Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” List (2021) for Commercial Litigation

Published Work

  • Co-Author, Design-Builders’ Amending AIA A141-2014: Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder, Alternative Clauses to Standard Construction Contracts, Fifth Edition (2019)
  • Co-author, Show Me the Money, VBA Journal, Volume XLVI, No. 1 (Spring 2019).
  • Co-author, The False Claims Act: Past, Present, and Future; The Federal Lawyer, a publication of the Federal Bar Association (December 2016).
Kirk Sosebee, Gentry Locke Construction Law attorney
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