Scott Stephenson focuses on commercial disputes involving contractual and mineral rights in Gentry Locke’s Commercial Litigation group. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Scott was a summer associate at the firm, and also served as a judicial intern for judges on both the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Scott grew up in nearby Salem, Virginia and is pleased to return to the area to practice.
Years living in the Roanoke Valley
If you weren’t practicing law, what career would you have pursued?
A strength coach for a college team. I loved playing football and baseball when I was growing up. When my athletic career ended, I got more involved in daily strength training and worked as a personal trainer prior to my law career. The next step would have been to combine the two careers.
What has been a major life transition for you?
Moving to Washington, D.C. to attend law school. Adjusting to the size and of a larger city took some time. But I think the experience helped me to grow personally and professionally.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2014
- Roanoke College, B.A. 2008
- In a case involving limestone and surface rights, successfully appealed a critical ruling by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia holding a deed reservation void to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, resulting in the reversal of the district court’s decision on the issue
- Assisted Scott Sexton in successfully obtaining judicial confirmation of a 23 million-dollar arbitration award in a complex coal mining case against a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Assisted in the related federal court litigation and a second arbitration that followed the arbitration award
- In a gas rights matter in Southwest Virginia, assisted Scott Sexton and Kathleen Wright in representing the rights of individual property owners to the gas on their tracts. Currently pending motions for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- Assisted Greg Haley in successfully defending a Roanoke-based company in action for breach contract in Virginia Circuit Court. Obtained summary judgment and the dismissal of a breach of contract claim based on the adequacy of notice provided pursuant to the contract, and later obtained final judgment for the company
- In a coal bed methane class action, assisted with Scott Sexton and Kathleen Wright in representing a company’s rights to coal bed methane in Southwest Virginia. Pending motion for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- Drafted opinions for the Honorable Edward J. Damich, United States Court of Federal Claims
- Prepared legal research and drafted opinions involving patent and government contracts issues for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Conducted legal research and contributed to drafting briefs and motions during complex multi-party litigation in Federal Court
- Member, Virginia State Bar (2014-Present)
- Member, Litigation Section, Virginia State Bar (2014-Present)
- Saint Thomas Moore Society (2013-Present)