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Kathy Wright joined Gentry Locke in 2002. After several years with the Insurance Defense practice group, she began work in Commercial Litigation with a focus on the areas of local government law (including zoning, subdivision and taxation). Kathy also has enjoyed working on mineral rights cases, estate litigation, UCC disputes, and other litigation, as well as appellate work.

  • Continents visited
  • Jokes I can remember
  • Minutes I wish I spent exercising daily
  • Cats at home
  • Did you ever consider a different career path?

    I seriously considered teaching high school math.

  • You’ve traveled extensively. What are some of the most interesting adventures you’ve had?

    The most interesting trips I have taken are to places that look different from Virginia, including Russia, Egypt, the South African national parks and Swaziland. I enjoy experiencing different cultures, the architecture, foods, scenery and wildlife. My husband and I lived in Frankfurt, Germany for almost three years, and had many wonderful opportunities to visit European countries.

  • What part of the world is still calling you?

    Spain, Hawaii, South America and Scotland. I really want to take my father for visits to Hawaii and Scotland.


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. cum laude
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Ed.
  • James Madison University, B.S.


  • Representation in litigation relating to water impoundment structures (dams)
  • Representation of local governments in local tax disputes and other matters
  • Representation of HVAC subcontractor in contract/products liability dispute with national HVAC company
  • Successfully represented a physician in a dispute regarding Medicare billing through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regional contractor
  • Representation of residential developer in case disputing subdivision plan approval
  • Representation of local government in suit by developer regarding vested rights for future development
  • Provided advice and direction regarding requirements under the state water and sewer utility law and State Corporation Commission orders regarding changes to customer rates
  • Reviewed and provided advice regarding procedure and rules in the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy related to the award of a mining permit
  • Representation of family members in estate disputes
  • Representation of general contractor in civil RICO litigation
  • Representation of business purchaser in contract dispute under asset purchase agreement
  • Representation of parties involved in shareholder disputes in closely held corporations
  • Provided insurance coverage opinions in a number of cases, including mold damage case, personal injury cases, and UM/UIM situations
  • Representation of specialty product manufacturer in product liability dispute
  • Provided advice regarding identity theft provisions required under the federal “Red Flags Rule”
  • Representation of various parties in mediation of cases settling for $100,000 to several million dollars


  • Board President, Virginia Poverty Law Center (2019-2021); Board Member (2017-Present)
  • Board Member, Blue Ridge Legal Services (2007-Present)
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association (2003-Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association (2006-Present)
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2003-Present)
  • Member, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2009-Present)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (2014-2017)
  • Co-Editor, Roanoke Bar Review Newsletter, Roanoke Bar Association (2003-2009)
  • Past Member, Mercer Law Review
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Hotline


  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America® in Municipal Litigation (2011-2022)
  • Designated one of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine for Legal Services Pro Bono (2019-2020)
  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation (2012)
  • Roanoke Bar Association Volunteer Service Award for over 25 hours of service to the community (2006)

Published Work

  • Co-author, Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Modifying Local Government Contracts Without Violating the VPPA – A Cautionary Tale, Journal of Local Government Law (a Virginia State Bar publication, Vol. XXI No. 1, Summer 2010).
  • Assignments and Other Hazards of the Litigation Breakfast: Document Production from Testifying Experts in Virginia Circuit Courts, Litigation News (a publication of VSB Litigation Section, Vol. XIII, No. 5, Spring 2007).
  • Friends and Foes in the Jury Box: Walls v. Kim and the Mission to Stop Improper Juror Rehabilitation, Mercer Law Rev. (Vol. 53, No. 2, Winter 2002).
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
Kathleen Wright, Gentry Locke litigation Partner