ROANOKE, Va. (September 29, 2017) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke and two of its attorneys have been selected for recognition in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, which ranks leading local firms and star attorneys in the U.S. commercial litigation and plaintiff markets.

Gentry Locke has been ranked as a “Recommended” firm for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Gentry Locke partners J. Rudy Austin and W. David Paxton have been named 2018 “Local Litigation Stars.” Both Austin and Paxton have been recognized by Benchmark consecutively since 2012.

Austin, who was recognized in the realms of General Commercial and Insurance, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, Virginia Bar Foundation, and was Emeritus Master of the Bench for the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. He is a senior litigation partner with 50 years of experience with Gentry Locke in the practice areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, construction, and legal ethics.

Paxton, who was recognized in the realms of General CommercialInsurance, and Labor and Employment, is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. He advises and represents businesses, business owners and executives. He serves clients specifically in the areas of employment law, complex litigation and whistleblower claims. He chairs the firm’s labor and employment practice and frequently speaks at national and regional employment law seminars.

 Benchmark, now approaching its 12th year of publication, exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Annual results stem from a six-month research period where Benchmark researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.

About Gentry Locke

With more than 55 lawyers practicing across a range of disciplines, Gentry Locke brings uncommon thinking and deep experience to the legal and business challenges of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals—a commitment the firm has met since 1923. Operating from offices in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., Gentry Locke serves clients in Virginia and across the U.S., as well as worldwide as a member firm of the ALFA International Legal Network. Meet the firm’s dynamic attorneys and learn more about its fierce drive to achieve success for its clients by exploring www.gentrylocke.com.

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