Locke Lord LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Partners value associates”

Downers

  • “Below-market salaries”
  • “Lack of transparency”

About Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients' needs around the world. The firm is the product of four mergers-the most recent combination with Edwards Wildman officially took place on January 10, 2015. Led by Chair Jerry Clements, Locke Lord has a combined history of more than 125 years and a domestic and global footprint.

Industry Focus

Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, insurance and reinsurance, private equity, telecommunications, technology, real estate, financial services and health care and life sciences, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, regulatory, intellectual property and fund formation teams. The firm's clients range from Fortune 500 and middle market public and private companies to start-ups and emerging businesses. Locke Lord has received numerous industry recognitions as a global leader in the middle market sector.

Wherever You Are, Locke Lord is There

In the United States, Locke Lord has a well-recognized presence in Texas, the Northeast, the Midwest, the Southeast and the West Coast in addition to offices in Asia and London. The firm provides national and international clients service across a full range of practices and industries from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, New Orleans, New York, Providence, Stamford, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and West Palm Beach.

Diversity is a Key to Success

Locke Lord embraces multiple points of view and supports Local Diversity Committees as well as an overall firm National Diversity Committee. For instance, Paulette Brown, a partner in Locke Lord's Morristown office, is the past president of the American Bar Association. Brown was the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as president of the ABA.

Additionally, women hold positions of power in firm management. There are three women on the firm's executive committee, including firm Chair Jerry Clements. The firm's board of directors has six female members, one of whom serves as co-chair of the board.

Locke Lord's groups and committees help promote a firmwide philosophy of inclusion and action, helping raise scholarship money for minority and economically disadvantaged students, hosting holiday parties for lower income children, donating to local food banks and charitable organizations that aid individuals and families in need and supporting longtime firm programs like flexible work arrangements, domestic partner benefits and the Women's Initiative.

Corporate responsibility is an important part of Locke Lord's mission as well as meaningful partnerships in local communities and pro bono work.

IN THE NEWS

November 2016
Top Women in The Law

Locke Lord Morristown Partners Paulette Brown and Lisa Ann Ruggiero were named by the New Jersey Law Journal to the 25 Top Women in Law in New Jersey for their notable achievements and impact on the legal profession. Brown, the first woman of color to serve as president of the American Bar Association, was noted for her accomplishments handling employment and commercial litigation and championing the cause of diversity. Ruggiero was recognized as a leading member of the products liability practice, where she has handled cases involving asbestos, medical devices, consumer products, and chemicals. Dallas Office Managing Partner Vicky Gunning was also recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a 2016 Women in Business honoree and shared her career defining moments and advice.

Who's Who in Energy

Houston Partners David Patton and Bill Swanstrom, who serve as co-chairs of the firm's international Energy Practice Group, were named to the Houston Business Journal's 2016 Who's Who in Energy list. This was the third appearance for both Patton and Swanstrom on the list, which recognizes "movers and shakers" for their influence in the legal sector of the energy industry.

August 2016
Big in the Smallest State

Firm Chair Jerry Clements and Providence Office Managing Partner Chris Graham spoke to Providence Business News on the firm's 2015 merger, business plans for the future, and the strength of the Providence office post-merger. In regards to the merger, Jerry noted: "We saw Edwards Wildman as a huge opportunity because it's a great brand…"

Meeting the Right Match

Chicago Office Managing Partner Jennifer Kenedy was featured by Chicago Lawyer in an article examining the growth of Chicago law firm mergers, including the steps taken to come to a successful integration.

April 2016
Sum is Greater Than the Parts

The Boston Bar Association highlighted Locke Lord's strengths and successes after its 2015 merger, including enhanced and expanded capabilities, a strong morale, and a culture of cross-selling services between the offices. Locke Lord Chair Jerry Clements looked back at the merger decision and process and noted that "For us in Texas, a strong presence in the Northeast was important, and Boston was very compelling for us…it was a case of the sum being greater than our parts." Boston Office Managing Partner Matt McTygue and Boston Partner Allison O'Neil were also quoted in the article and addressed the transition, culture, and future for the firm's Boston office.

Leading the Charge

Locke Lord Morristown Partner Paulette Brown was featured on the cover of Best Lawyers Business for their special 'Women in the Law' edition. Paulette's interview included coverage of her impressive career and role as ABA President and commentary on women in the legal profession.

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Locke Lord LLP

2200 Ross Avenue
Suite 2800
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Mrs. Jerry K. Clements
  • Hiring Partners: Janis Loegering (Firmwide); Tammy Woffenden (Austin); Matt McTygue (Boston); Baird Allis (Chicago); Kim Williams (Dallas); Phil Lau (Houston); Laura Edrington (Houston); Nina Huerta (Los Angeles); Gregory Casamento (NY); Chris Graham (Providence)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 713

  • Base Salary
    Large Market
    1st year: $180,000 
    Summer associate: $3,461.50/week Small Market
    1st year: $155,000 
    Summer associate: $2,980/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    23 out of 25 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Major Departments: Corporate and Transactional • Finance, Banking & Real Estate • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Tax

     

    Major Practice Areas: Administrative & Regulatory • Admiralty & Maritime • Advertising, Marketing and Social Media • Affordable Housing • Antitrust Litigation • Appellate • Aviation • Bank Regulatory & Transactions • Banking & Financial Institutions Litigation • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution • Business Technology • Business Transactions • Capital Markets • Class Actions • Climate Change Team • Construction Litigation • Consumer Finance • Corporate • Corporate Trust • Cross Border Tax • Cross Border Transactions • Employee Benefits Energy • Energy Litigation • Environmental (Real Estate & Corporate) • General Corporate & Corporate Governance • Global Litigation • Health Care • Hospitality • Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Resolution, Coverage and Claims • International Arbitration • Intellectual Property Litigation • IP Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology • IP Transactional • Investment Advisor and Alternative Funds • Labor & Employment • Life Sciences • Litigation Management • Mergers and Acquisitions • Non-Profits • Private Equity and Venture Capital • Privacy and Cybersecurity • Product Liability and Toxic Tort • Public Finance • Public Law, Governmental & Public Affairs • Private Client • Real Estate & Real Estate Finance • Real Estate Transactions • Regulatory and Transactional Insurance • Real Estate Lending • Reinsurance • REIT • Securities Litigation • Securitization • Securitization and Debt Finance • Small Business Investment Company • Sports, Arts Media & Entertainment • Tax • Tax Controversy • TCPA Litigation • Trademark, Copyright & Advertising • Technology, Media and Telecommunications • Texas Public Law • Transportation and Infrastructure • White Collar & Internal Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA • Austin, TX • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Cincinnati, OH • Dallas, TX • Hartford, CT • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • Morristown, NJ • New Orleans, LA • New York, NY • Providence, RI • San Francisco, CA • Stamford, CT • Washington, DC • West Palm Beach, FL Hong Kong • London