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Phone: (540) 767-2041
Fax: (540) 982-1552
lbentley@jamlaw.net
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Personal Bio:
Lori has been a trial lawyer with JAMlaw since 1997. Her diverse practice includes insurance defense litigation, FELA, real estate and construction litigation, eminent domain proceedings, and defending the Commonwealth and local governments in civil actions. Lori represents individual, corporate, and governmental clients of all stripes throughout Virginia. Lori’s success as a civil litigator in a wide array of practice areas, and her commitment to leadership within the local legal community make her a crucial asset for both her clients and the profession.

When she is not practicing law, Lori is spending quality time with her husband Scott and her two children, Virginia and Colin.
Education:

University of Richmond, B.A., 1990
University of Richmond, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996

Bar & Court Admissions:

Virginia, 1996
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Clerkships:
Court of Appeals of Virginia, Honorable Sam W. Coleman, III, Law Clerk,
1996 – 1997

Honors, Awards & Affiliations:

AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Virginia Super Lawyers, 2017

Named to Best Lawyers in America®, 2016 – 2021
Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Real Estate, 2019

Virginia Lawyers Influential Women of Virginia Award, 2014

Ted Dalton Inn of Court, 2004 – 2007

Blue Ridge Business Journal Top 20 under 40, 2005

University of Richmond Law Review
Member, 1994 – 1995
Senior Notes and Comments Editor, 1995 – 1996

McNeil Law Society, 1994 – 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Roanoke Bar Association
Board of Directors, 2015 – present
President-Elect, 2021 – 2022
Secretary/Treasurer, 2020 – 2021
Chair, Membership Committee, 2015 – 2016
Chair, Service Committee, 2016 – 2017

Virginia Bar Association
Town Hall Committee, 2000 – 2005

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Chair Product Liability Section, 2003
Co-chair Product Liability Section, 2002

Virginia State Bar

Co-chair Young Lawyers Conference, National Trial Competition, 2000

Virginia Women Attorneys Association

Community Affiliations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia
Board President 2001 – 2002
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Region IV, Vice President, 2004 – 2005
Junior League of the Roanoke Valley, 1997 – 2007

Publications:
Lesnick v. Hollingsworth & Vose Co. – The Pure Stream of Commerce No Longer Flows Through the Fourth Circuit, 29 University of Richmond Law Review 421 (1995)
From McGuinn to the Present: The Development of the DeFacto Award Doctrine in Workers’ Compensation, 10 Journal of Civil Litigation 351 (1998)