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BEST OF 2020 Q&A WITH

GILBERT, BIRD, SHARPES & ROBINSON
Jim Gilbert, Timothy BIrd, Jordan Sharpes and David Robinson
Gold Winner, Best Law Firm

Q: How Tell us about your business.

Jim Gilbert: I grew up in Alleghany County, graduated from

A: GBSR Attorneys is a full-service law firm with offices in Roanoke,

Roanoke College and received my law degree from the University

Salem, and at Smith Mountain Lake. GBSR was formed in 2017 by Jim

of Richmond. My grandfather was a right-of-way agent for

Gilbert, Timothy Bird, Jordan Sharpes and David Robinson, with one

Appalachian Power Company when Smith Mountain Lake was being

primary goal in mind: to ensure that people throughout Southwest

developed. When I graduated from law school in 1995, I decided to

Virginia, including residents of less densely populated areas, have

start my practice in Franklin County to be close to family. I practiced

access to a broad array of high-quality legal resources.

on my own for many years until 2010, when Tim Bird and I became
law partners.

Q. How did your career path lead you to your current position?
A. David Robinson: I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in

Q. What specific products or services do you offer?

finance and accounting and became an accountant. I worked both for

A. We provide a broad range of legal services ranging from

public and private sectors, spending eight to 10 hours a day working

representation in routine business transactions to complex civil

without any public engagement. I came to hate the lack of community

litigation. We can help anyone who needs legal advice. See our

and that's when I made it my goal to do something for the people, get

website for further details!

engaged with people and help them and the community. I decided
the best way to accomplish that was to go to law school and become

Q. Favorite part of your job?

a lawyer. Looking back, it was the best decision I made for my career,

A. We enjoy serving our clients! Whether that entails fighting it out

and it really was and is my true calling.

in court or negotiating a private resolution, we like nothing better

Timothy Bird: I started with a large law firm in Northern Virginia.

than helping our clients achieve their goals.

I was trained to handle family law cases and I put that training to
use. About 15 years ago, I moved my practice to this part of the

Q. What does it mean to you to be recognized as a " Best of

state, where I met Jim Gilbert. Jim and I felt that we could better

2020 " award winner?

serve Southwest Virginia by becoming partners and combining our

A. It's quite an honor, especially considering the number of truly

practices. Sharpes and Robinson later joined the firm as associates

dedicated and talented lawyers in the Roanoke area. Living up

and ultimately became partners themselves when we organized

to that honor, through continued service to our community, is

GBSR. As a senior founding partner of the firm, my goal is to make

something we look forward to greatly.

myself the best lawyer I can possibly be.
Jordan Sharpes: Hard work has always been attractive to me.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I explored a number of different trades.

BEST OF 2020

Ultimately, and through the course of my college studies, law
emerged as the right fit. Like the other jobs that I have had, the
practice of law can be physically and intellectually challenging. At
the same time, there is a written component. The relationship of
law and language is ultimately what drew me in.

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