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Ryan J. Starks

Legal Assistant
Donna Jones804.297.3701
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Ryan Starks works in Gentry Locke’s commercial litigation practice group, where he assists clients with complex business and civil disputes. In addition to his experience as a civil litigator, he is adept at guiding state and federal government contractors and subcontractors with procurement-related disputes, including bid protests. Ryan also represents businesses and individuals involved in qui tam whistleblower litigation.

  • 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.

  • People would be surprised to know . . .

    Throughout college, I worked for a music marketing firm where I oversaw social media campaigns for several household name artists and acquired many CDs. I was also an intern at an international music conglomerate where I sat down the hall from a ubiquitous rapper, media mogul, and adult beverage entrepreneur who goes by several different names.

  • 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 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 investigations by the Department of Justice and Office of the Inspector General, including those originating from whistleblower allegations and alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Brings and defends commercial lawsuits for collections and other monetary claims in state and Federal courts.
  • Represents employers facing allegations of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Counsels clients through multiparty alternative dispute resolution/mediation.
  • As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, counseled victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and determined the appropriate amount of compensation for those faced with temporary or permanent disabilities.
  • As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, performed appellate review of claims for Veterans’ benefits, and prepared appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


  • Member: Virginia State Bar
  • Member: Richmond Bar Association
  • Member: Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, Richmond Chapter
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