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Justin Lugar is a Partner in our Litigation practice group who focuses primarily on representing individuals and corporations in connection with criminal and government investigations, as well as commercial litigation matters. Recently, the American College of Trial Lawyers awarded Justin the 2016 Chappell-Morris Award for demonstrated professionalism, high ethical and moral standards, excellent character, and outstanding trial skills. In 2014, Justin represented a former food company executive in a two-month jury trial in federal court involving several million documents and multiple federal and state government agencies. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Justin was an associate at WilmerHale in London, UK. He made his Brexit in 2012. Justin interned with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Roanoke, and served as a summer law clerk for judges in the 24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Countries in which I’ve worked
  • Fantastic kids
  • Unique language spoken – Tibetan
  • What sparked your interest in law?

    I studied in Nepal during college and witnessed first-hand police violation of people’s rights. I decided then that I wanted to help people through difficult scenarios by offering them the best representation possible.

  • Your wife is a lawyer, too. How does that impact your conversations?

    Not only is she a lawyer, her practice is general and criminal law. We both love to argue and, for us, that works really well! We know the rules of a good argument to reach a positive outcome.

  • Do you have any routines for the courtroom?

    I have a set of Buffalo nickel cufflinks. They have some weight to them and they make me feel grounded when I present the case for my client.

  • What is your favorite thing to do when you are away from the office?

    I read stories to my children every night. It’s peaceful, relaxing and gives us meaningful time together.


  • University of London, LLM in Dispute and Conflict Resolution, with Distinction, 2009
  • Liberty University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of Virginia, B.A. 2004



  • Experience representing companies and individuals in the following industries: national security, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, government contracting, the music industry,  food production, tobacco, and public service
  • Represented numerous clients in relation to Congressional, Grand Jury, and other federal and state investigations
  • Conducted several on-site internal investigations of multi-national financial institution in relation to government investigations in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations and successfully prevented several indictments and subsequent criminal prosecution
  • Prepared appellate briefs for Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on federal criminal sentencing and Fourth Amendment challenges
  • Prepared and argued motions to suppress and sentencing motions for federal district court
  • Representation of corporate and individual parties in complex tax investigations


  • Representation of plaintiffs in several civil rights cases including Fourth and Eighth Amendment challenges
  • Representation of multinational energy company in a multi-billion dollar dispute concerning a liquid natural gas sales contracts
  • Representation of telecommunications company in connection with a 5.5 billion Euro shareholder dispute
  • Representation of multinational manufacturing company in a dispute concerning design and performance of commercial railway cars
  • Pro bono representation of individual agricultural investor alleging violations of a bilateral investment treaty by an African state


  • Member, White Crime Committee, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Federal Bar Association Roanoke Executive Committee
  • Corresponding Member, Emory University Center for the Study of Law & Religion
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association

Published Work

  • Co-author, When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies; Performance News Summer 2012, Scott Insurance.
  • Solving the §1782 Puzzle: Bringing Certainty to the Debate Over 28 U.S.C. §1782’s Application to International Arbitration, 47(1) Stanford J. Int’l L. 51 (2011)
  • More Uncertainty about §1782’s Extension to International Arbitral Proceedings, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2010).
  • Not by the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin: Ohio’s Attempt to Combat the Big Bad Wolf of Blight, 2 Liberty L. Rev. 245 (2007).