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Abigail E. Murchison

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Sharon Thompson540.983.9378
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Abigail Murchison practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation group. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien in Virginia’s 31st Judicial District. Other professional experience includes editing William & Mary’s Bill of Rights Journal and interning at a business consulting firm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Books on my nightstand
  • Miles run most mornings
  • Podcasts I subscribe to
  • Had you not chosen law, what career might you have pursued?

    Definitely something creative in the arts world – dance, writing, theater. I’d also love to cover the arts world as a journalist or critic, especially if I were paid to read novels.

  • How do you bring your creativity into your role as a lawyer?

    In many ways, practicing law is like writing a sonnet: the rules and parameters inspire, rather than inhibit, creativity.

  • What’s a passion of yours?

    I love to travel and embed myself in different cultures. I taught English in Thailand and interned in Southeast Asia. I’m also a dedicated cinephile and much prefer watching movies at the theater than on a computer screen.

  • If I asked your colleagues to describe you, what would they say?

    That I’m a hard worker and tenacious. Oh, and that I have remarkably good posture.


  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Princeton University, A.B., English Literature, cum laude, 2005


  • A native of Lexington, Va., Abigail received her J.D. degree from the William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va., in 2010 and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., in 2005
  • As a Student Legal Services volunteer, Abigail offered legal guidance to William & Mary undergraduates.  In addition, she helped raise money for students working in the public interest as a Public Service Fund Volunteer.  Prior to working at Gentry Locke, Abigail clerked for the Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien of the Prince William County Circuit Court


  • News editor, The Marshall-Wythe Press
  • Intellectual Property Society; Environmental Law Society
  • Articles editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal


  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Business Litigation (2016)
  • Goodwin Memorial Fund Merit Scholarship
  • Thesis Research Scholarship, Class of 1969 Fund

Published Work

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