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Lindsey Coley is a Gentry Locke partner whose practice focuses on Labor & Employment law and Estate Planning. Lindsey advises private businesses and government contractors on employment-related compliance issues relating to the FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII and other employment laws, responds to complaints filed with the EEOC, represents companies during compliance investigations by the DOL and OFCCP, and develops employment policies and contracts to protect the interests of the employer.  Lindsey also prepares estate planning documents and advises clients on issues relating to estate and trust administration. She has been recognized as a Virginia Rising Star in Employment & Labor for the past five years by Virginia Super Lawyers.

  • Miles roundtrip commute to work
  • Years at Gentry Locke
  • Very active children
  • What’s the one thing you never skip in your morning routine?

    Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.

  • Tell us an important life lesson you are passing on to your children.

    Be yourself and do what makes you happy!

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D. 2007
  • University of Dayton School of Business, MBA 2007
  • Elon University, B.S. magna cum laude, 2004

Experience

Employment

  • Advise employers regarding various employment issues such as wage and hour compliance and leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Draft employment contracts, non-competition agreements, employee handbooks, and settlement agreements for employers
  • Respond to complaints filed with administrative agencies such as the EEOC and OFCCP
  • Advise employers on termination, severance and layoff issues
  • Prepare affirmative action plans for private businesses and government contractors and assist with compliance issues

Estate Planning and Administration

  • Draft estate planning documents and advise clients regarding tax planning
  • Represent executors, administrators and trustees regarding the administration of trusts and estates
  • Advise clients regarding the avoidance of estate probate

Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2013-Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (2011-Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management (2012-Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2016-Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Trust Foundation, Roanoke Valley, Inc. (2009-2012)
  • Chair, Wills for Heroes, Roanoke, VA (2010)
  • Volunteer, Blue Ridge Legal Services Pro Bono Hotline; Co-Chair (2009-Present)
  • Co-chair, Virginia State Bar Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference (2008 and 2009)
  • Co-chair, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer Conference’s Women and Minorities in the Law Commission (2009-2010)
  • Committee Member, American Cancer Society Cure By Design event (2016)
  • Member, Franklin County Human Resource Association (2016-Present)
  • Volunteer, Roanoke Bar Association Barrister Book Buddies (2008-2011)
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, The Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, The Roanoke Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association

Awards

  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment & Labor (2011-2016)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for co-chairing the 2009 Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2009 and 2010)

Published Work

  • Co-Author, The Virginia Lawyer: A Deskbook for Practitioners, Chapter 13, Estate Planning and Estate Administration (2008-Present).
  • Co-Author, What Women Really Want, VSB Young Lawyers Conference Docket Call, Vol. 26 No. 4 (Spring 2010).