Gregory T. St. Ours

Gregory T. St. Ours

100 South Mason Street 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Gregory T. St. Ours

Biography

Greg is licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Greg is a Virginia licensed Class A Contractor.

Greg came to Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver as a litigation and health care associate in late 1985 and became a partner in 1988.  From 1983 through 1985, Greg practiced antitrust litigation in the telecommunications, and corporate due diligence in banking and finance, at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin in Washington, D.C.   Greg received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.

Greg is a graduate of Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  For three summers during high school, Greg worked for Grover W. Forloines & Son as a laborer and then framing carpenter.  Greg stayed in Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia.  Greg worked year-round as a framing carpenter and then framing foreman for Forloines through his second, third and fourth college years.

Greg earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Economics from the University of Virginia.  Following graduation, Greg went to work for the Norfolk & Western Railway in the Roanoke, Virginia home for capital investment evaluation, return-on-investment analysis, and economic forecasting, and then in the Chicago, Illinois sales office for sales administration and sales.  Greg returned to Charlottesville to manage the successor corporation, Forloines Construction.  Forloines did not survive the recession of 1979, and Greg went to Fairfax County, Virginia as a sales engineer for the Anning-Johnson Company, a commercial construction contractor.

Greg and his wife Debbie have eight children and four grandchildren.

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Greg litigates employment, breach of contract, construction, professional malpractice (engineers, architects and other design professionals, attorneys, surveyors, contractors and allied health professionals such as dentists), errors and omissions, lender liability, business tort, antitrust, civil conspiracy, defamation, real estate, land use, development and personal injury claims.  More often than not, Greg represents defendants, and his clients are typically employers, corporations, contractors, land owners, developers, banks, health care providers, licensed professionals, directors and officers, fiduciaries, insurance carriers and insureds.  Greg has advocated for clients across the spectrum of trials, dismissal hearings, summary judgment hearings, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences.

Greg advises, prepares documents and closes deals for, businesses, land owners, health care entities and individuals.  The work runs the gamut from business startup, partnership, franchise and sale or purchase opportunities, employment policies, governing documents and protocols, commercial real estate contracts, financing documents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, risk management, non-competes, and business dissolution and termination.  In addition to his legal education and experience, Greg benefits from his pre-law experience in project management, sales and sales administration in the commercial construction, residential construction and transportation industries, with support from tax specialist Matt Von Schuch and real estate specialist Jim Johnson.

Relatively recent examples of Greg’s legal experience include:

  • Greg defended client employers against some 20 different claims of race, sex, age and/or disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and/or defamation in federal courts, state courts and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as the “Great Recession” ran its course (2009-2013);
  • Greg drafted and closed a long term (25 year) grape contract between four wineries and a vineyard including significant vineyard expansion via front-end winery investment, varietal allocations across existing and future vineyard parcels, long term pricing model, and related terms and conditions;
  • Greg closed, for client contractor, a seven figure construction claim with no payment by the client contractor;
  • Greg closed, for client bank, a seven figure lender liability claim with no payment by the client bank;
  • Greg closed, for client individual, a seven figure under-insured personal injury claim, with a policy limit of only $300,000, with no payment by the client individual;
  • Greg has drafted Medical Staff Bylaws and a broad array of consent and compliance policies and forms;
  • Greg has obtained summary judgment in multiple hospital peer review and real estate development antitrust actions;
  • Greg settled, for the deceased’s personal representative, a seven figure policy limit payment by the trucking company’s insurance carrier;
  • Greg quieted title of real estate abandoned in the 1840s by a long-defunct turnpike company for client land owner and local jurisdiction;
  • Greg recovered, for a non-profit client, substantially all losses in an alleged fraud/misappropriation claim;
  • Greg negotiated, for client land owner, risk allocations and limits for chemical, fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide and petroleum wastes and residues and subsequent inspection and compliance protocols;
  • Greg obtained, for a client land owner, more than double the appraised value of a property in an eminent domain claim.

J.D., University of Virginia, 1983
B.A. with distinction, Economics, University of Virginia, 1974
9 M.B.A. credit hours, George Mason University, 1979-1980

Admitted to Practice

District of Columbia (1983)

Virginia (1984)

West Virginia (2002)

Virginia Class A Contractors License (2705 095593A)

CRESPA Settlement Agent

AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Magazine

Augusta Home Builders Association Distinguished Service, 2012

Augusta Home Builders Association Jack Meredith Motivational Award, 2010

Augusta Home Builders Association Distinguished Service, 2009

Virginia State Bar Local Bar Leader of the Year, 2001

Blue Ridge Legal Services Appreciation Award, 2000

New Market Volunteer Fire Company Appreciation Award 1998

New Market Volunteer Fire Company Presidents Award 1997

Harrisonburg Lions Club Appreciation Award 1994

Professional Activities

Virginia State Bar, including:

Construction Law & Public Contracts Board, 2003-2011, including;

Immediate Past Chair, 2010-2011

Chair, 2009-2010

Vice Chair, 2008-2009

Secretary, 2007-2008

Editor, Construction Law Handbook/CD, 2003-2007

Construction Law & Public Contracts Fall Program Committee, 2009-2015

Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Board, 1995-2008, including Chair and Vice Chair

Professionalism Faculty, 1999-2002

Law School Professionalism Faculty, 2000-2015

Health Law Board, 1998-1999

Bar Leaders’ Institute Faculty, 1997, 1999 & 2005

Executive Committee, Conference of Local Bar Associations, 1995-1999

Pro Bono Committee, Early 1990s

Virginia Bar Association, including:

Federal Judgeships, Western District of Virginia, 2002-2015

Board of Governors, 2001-2003

Health Law Council, 2003

Property Law Council, 2001-2003

Health Law Council, 1993-2000, including Chair, 1998-1999

VA Commissions and Appellate Courts, 1990s

Access to Legal Services, late 1980s

Harrisonburg Rockingham Bar Association, 1985-2015, including:

President, 1995-1996

Mentor/Mentee Program (current)

Bench-Bar Relations Committee

Judicial Nominations Committee

Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee

Social/Picnic Committee

Virginia Law Foundation, 2007-2015

Blue Ridge Legal Services Board of Trustees, 1992-1999

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (past member)

Community Activities

James Madison University, including:

Parents Council, 2008-2012 and 2013-2017

Presidents Council, 2008-2015

Parent Relations Program Review, 2014

College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council, 2014-2015

American Shakespeare Center Trustee, 2010-2015, including Board Governance Committee, 2010-2015

Augusta Home Builders Association, 2005-2015, including:

Board of Directors, 2006-2015

Immediate Past President, 2014

President, 2012

Vice President, 2011

Immediate Past President, 2010

President, 2009

Vice President, 2008

Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2015

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Board of Directors, 2012-2015

Shenandoah Valley Partnership, including:

Education/Workforce Committee, 2013-2015

Development Committee, 2015

VSCA Leadership Conference, September 2011, “Product Liability Issues in Property Subrogation”

University of Virginia Alumni Association, Life Member

Shenandoah Valley Society for Human Resource Management, 2010-2015

Secretary, High School Work Readiness Task Force, 21st Century Work Force Transition, 2008

Harrisonburg Education Foundation, 2005-2013

Harrisonburg Lions Club including President, 1995-1996

Harrisonburg Rescue Squad Campaign Planning Committee, 2002-2004

Harrisonburg High School Boosters, 2008-2012

Augusta County Urban Service Overlay District Committee, 2009

Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, 2008-2015

Home Builders of Virginia, 2005-2015

National Association of Home Builders, 2005-2015

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