Gentry Locke announces opening of new Richmond office and welcomes new Partner John G. ‘Chip’ Dicks

Firm also launching Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group

The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that it is expanding its presence across the state with the launch of its new Richmond office.

Litigation partner Gregory D. Habeeb will oversee the office, with John G. “Chip” Dicks joining the firm as a partner in Richmond.

In addition to forming Gentry Locke’s new office and expanding its outreach to existing clients in the Richmond market, Dicks and Habeeb are launching the firm’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group.


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“This is an exciting opportunity for Gentry Locke to expand its footprint,” said Gentry Locke Managing Partner Monica T. Monday. “We have worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading law firm in Western and Central Virginia, and with Greg’s leadership in Richmond, we will now be able to offer existing and new clients the same quality of service in Virginia’s capital. We welcome Chip to our firm and are confident that his deep knowledge of legislative and regulatory affairs will serve our clients well as we launch this new practice.”

The firm looks forward to the grand opening of its offices in downtown Richmond later this year.  The Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group will offer a full suite of services, including regulatory and administrative representation, public policy advocacy, economic development and procurement, and strategic communications.

“I could not be more enthusiastic about strengthening the Gentry Locke brand in Richmond,” said Habeeb. “The firm has always had a presence in the capital and we are well poised to grow our offerings there. I am thrilled that Chip will be joining us in this endeavor and look forward to using our Richmond location to better serve our existing and future clients.”

Habeeb focuses his litigation practice on representing individuals and companies in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. He is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, where he represented Virginia’s 8th House District and served on the Courts, Commerce & Labor, Rules, Privileges & Elections, and Transportation committees. Habeeb chaired the Civil Law subcommittee of the Courts committee and the Commerce & Labor subcommittee, which oversees workers compensation, employee benefits and insurance legislation. He also chaired the Transportation subcommittee, which is tasked with reforming how Virginia prioritizes and funds road projects.

Dicks is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and served on the Courts and Education Committees. Chip also served on the Virginia Housing Commission as a House member. Since leaving the Legislature in 1990, he has represented associations and businesses on administrative, legislative and regulatory matters before state government agencies and the General Assembly. He has substantial experience representing developers on a variety of land use applications across Virginia. Dicks has particular expertise in the laws and regulations affecting billboard signs, and in the field of landlord tenant and fair housing laws.