Ryan Starks works in Gentry Locke’s commercial litigation practice group, where he assists clients with complex business and civil disputes in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.  Ryan has also practiced before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.  Ryan has wide-ranging experience in courts extending from the eastern shore to southwest corner of the state, including in construction, contract, employment, government contracting, and real estate disputes.  Ryan has worked with a broad range of large and small domestic and international clients to achieve successful outcomes throughout the Commonwealth.

  • CDs...and still counting
  • Miles I’ve run
  • Very furry dog
  • What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working with clients?

    I love to get outside and go for a run. I avoid running the same routes because it pushes me to explore Richmond and witness the changes happening around my city. For that reason, I always bring my running shoes when I travel. I find running is a great way to get acquainted with a new place.

  • If you had chosen a career other than law, what would you be doing?

    I would work in music in some capacity, likely as a band or artist manager. Part of what I enjoy most about my role as an attorney is that I get to take on my clients’ difficult and distracting issues which, in turn, allows them to remain focused on “number one” – running their business. The same holds true for an artist manager whose job is to handle the minutiae of the music business so the artist can devote all their energy to making great art.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, B.A.


  • Represents businesses and individuals in lawsuits involving contract disputes, business torts, professional liability, personal injury, and other civil actions
  • Represents landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes
  • Represents employers facing allegations of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Counsels clients through investigations by the Department of Justice and the State Attorney’s General Office including whistleblower litigation and alleged violations of the False Claims Act
  • Represents government contractors in bid protests, and disputes with prime and subcontractors
  • Represents construction professionals in disputes with subcontractors as well as the state and federal government, including disputes related to Miller and Little Miller Act payment bonds, mechanics liens, claims for delay damages, and other construction-related litigation
  • Counsels clients through multiparty alternative dispute resolution/mediation


  • Member: Virginia State Bar
  • Member: Richmond Bar Association (CLE Committee)
  • Member: Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Member: Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, Richmond Chapter
  • Member: New York State Bar
  • Member: District of Columbia Bar
Starks Full Body Photo