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Imani E. Sowell

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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
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