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Paul Klockenbrink is a Partner in Gentry Locke’s Labor & Employment law group. Paul advises and represents employers throughout Virginia regarding employment law issues, as well as the litigation of non-compete agreements, insurance defense matters and business-related claims. Paul is a frequent speaker at national and regional employment law seminars and also leads the firm’s Restaurant & Hospitality practice group. Paul publishes the Virginia Hospitality Law blog at During his 20+ years with Gentry Locke, Paul has brought cases to trial that involve discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, non-competition, defamation, malicious prosecution, premises liability and commercial motor vehicle accidents, among others. Paul is consistently noted as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor Law, and he earned a spot on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

  • Age received first camera
  • Continents visited
  • Brazil trip photos
  • Pets
  • What do you think you would be doing if you were not a lawyer?

    Wildlife biology or a National Geographic wildlife photographer.

  • With all of your travels, what’s left on your wish list?

    I want to go back to Africa as many times as possible. Someday I want to go to India to catch a glimpse of a tiger.

  • What do you like to do outside of work?

    I have two great kids and I always like to stay connected to what they are up to. I work out and play soccer. Photography, of course. And I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan.

  • What important life lesson do you share with others?

    Follow your passion. It will never lead you wrong.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1988
  • University of Vermont, B.A. 1985


  • Represent management and companies in broad cross section of industries on labor and employment issue that arise on a daily basis such as hiring, union avoidance, leave issues under FMLA/ADA, wage and hour issues, investigation of misconduct, termination issues, unemployment claims and EEO Complaints
  • Extensive litigation experience involving claims of theft and trade secrets and disclosure of confidential information in violation of noncompetition/nondisclosure agreements
  • Representation of companies before EEOC, Department of Labor, and other agencies, including mediation
  • Representation of management and training of supervisors regarding union activity
  • Obtained defense verdict in federal jury trial for manufacturing company in sexual harassment/battery case
  • Obtained dismissal of claims on behalf of company in sexual harassment/retaliation case in Federal Court
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturer in race discrimination case in Federal Court
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturer in ADA discrimination case in Federal Court
  • Representation of publicly traded company in alleged discrimination matter and Sarbanes Oxley claim along with separation issues involving former executive
  • Representation of local school board in connection with termination issues and separation package


  • Member, Labor & Employment Section, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Labor & Employment Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, California State Bar (inactive)Member, Society for Human Resource Management, National, Roanoke, Lynchburg
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts (1986) and Evidence (1987)
  • Member, University of San Diego Law Review, 1987-1988
  • Co-Chair (2000-present) and Former Chair (1998-1999), Roanoke Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Foundation (1998-1999)
  • Vice President, Valley Association Football Club, Inc. (2003-2004)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arthritis Foundation – Virginia Chapter (1999-2005)
  • Frequent speaker for business groups throughout region


  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Employment Law – Management (2009-2016) Labor & Employment Litigation (2011-2016)
  • Named to Virginia Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor (2007-2016), included in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition (2009) and Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Employment & Labor (2012-2014)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Designated one of Virginia’s Legal Elite in Labor & Employment Law by Virginia Business magazine (2007)
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