Imani Sowell works in Gentry Locke’s Employment and Labor practice group. Prior to joining the firm full-time, Imani worked as a summer associate at Gentry Locke before graduating cum laude from the University of Louisville.
Power lifting competitions
American power lifting records
States I've lived in
You are a power lifter - tell us how you got into that!
I've always been athletic, but I didn't start power lifting until I got to college. In high school I did gymnastics, played soccer, tennis, and basketball, ran track, was on the swimming team, was a cheerleader, and rode horses. In college I started throwing shot put and discus. I wanted to keep in shape, but I HATED cardio. I decided to give lifting a try and, eventually, that casual interest became a big part of my life!
If you weren't an attorney, what would you be doing?
I always wanted to be a chef, and I probably would've ended up at culinary school if it hadn't been for my dad steering me in this direction. I actually attended a technical school for cooking in high school! Funnily enough, law school was always sort of a backup plan for me.
What brought you to Gentry Locke?
I'm from Roanoke and attended Virginia Tech for undergrad. However, I've moved around quite a bit. I was born in Arkansas, moved to Seattle, and then lived in Philadelphia. I attended the University of Louisville for Law School. I have always thought of myself as a "big city" type person but, when I was away from the Roanoke area, I always found myself missing the mountain scenery. I still like to travel, but Roanoke feels like home.
- University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A.
- Conducted legal research and synthesized findings into legal memoranda
- Drafted pleadings and motions
- Reviewed and edited purchase agreements
- Drafted motions, pleadings, and discovery requests
- Research sold and existing property listings
- Helped develop and implement property advertisements
- Member, American Bar Association (2017-Present)
- Executive Vice President, Student Bar Association (2019-2020)
- Vice President, Black Law Students Association (2019-2020)
- Pupil Member, Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court (2019-2020)
- Member, Kentucky Justice Association (2018-2019)
- Student Success Guide Leader (2018-2019)
- CALI Award: Negotiable Instruments