William practices with the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group where he focuses on business litigation and construction matters. Prior to joining Gentry Locke full-time, William worked as a summer associate at Gentry Locke before graduating magna cum laude from William and Mary Law School. William also worked in William & Mary’s Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic as a third-year law student.
Years between William and his youngest sister
You've mentioned you're a bit of a genealogy fanatic - tell us about that!
Yes, I'm a huge history buff, so I love researching my family lines to discover their stories from the past. The stories are the best part: pirates, war, prisoners, and that’s just a start! It’s fascinating to think about all my ancestors had to go through to get to where we are today. I've actually traced back my family's first records to the 17th century. We arrived to Virginia in 1654 and have been here ever since.
It sounds like you're very connected to this area. Has that impacted your life trajectory?
Absolutely. I am from Roanoke and went to William Byrd High School. I chose to attend Virginia Tech and William and Mary because I knew I always wanted to come back to my hometown and my family. Now, my wife and I live in Floyd County, which is nearby both our families. Staying home here in the mountains is exactly the way I always pictured my life to be.
Did attending Virginia Tech make you a major Hokie fan?
I actually grew up in a Hokie family and attended many Virginia Tech football games before I ever applied to the University. My parents both attended Virginia Tech and ended up getting married after school – I guess it runs in the family! Go Hokies!
- William & Mary Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- Virginia Tech, B.A., summa cum laude
- Drafted pleadings and motions.
- Conducted legal research, analyzed facts, and synthesized findings into legal memoranda.
- Drafted amicus briefs and writs of certiorari for U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Aided in resolving a major design and construction dispute for an engineering firm in Giles County Circuit Court.
- Roanoke Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, Associate
- Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Member
- William & Mary Moot Court Team, Member (2018-2021)
- William & Mary Law Review, Notes Editor (2020-2021)
- Western District of Virginia
- American College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy Recipient
- CALI Awards for Evidence and Legal Writing and Research II
- Best Brief, Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Tournament, 2020 & 2021
- Best Brief, New York Bar National Moot Court Tournament, Regional IV, 2020
- Author, “A Strange Land and a Peculiar Problem: Using Local Knowledge to Resolve Ambiguous Property Descriptions in Appalachia,” William & Mary Law Review Online, (2021)
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