Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP Company Profile

Locke Lord LLP is the result of an October 2007 merger between Texas-based Locke Liddell & Sapp and Chicago's Lord Bissell & Brook. While it took some time for the merger dust to settle, the deal cemented Locke Lord's reputation for aggressive reinvention, with the firm grooming new leaders and claiming new turf in recent years. 

Lone Star Superstar
Locke Lord traces its roots back to 1890s Dallas-where former Valparaiso University math professor Maurice Locke opened shop-and pre-WWI Chicago-home of John Lord, founder of Lord Bissell and future FDR Cabineteer. The Windy City operation soon narrowed its focus to five core areas-trial, tax, public utilities, insurance, and corporations and estates-while the Lone Star State outfit maintained a wider practice scope. Over time, Lord built a lucrative real estate development practice, while Locke expanded its breadth to include statehouse lobbying in Austin. 

In 1999, Locke Purnell Rain Harrell merged with Liddell Sapp Zivley Hill & LaBoon in what was at the time one of the largest legal mergers ever. Six years later, Locke Liddell established a presence on Capitol Hill, following that with the creation of health-care-centric digs in Sacramento a year later. In 2007, two partners made high-profile political moves: Jerry Clements in her ascendency to the managing partner post and former White House counsel (and one time Supreme Court candidate) Harriet Miers in her return to the Dallas office. Ms. Clements is one of only a handful of women leaders of a Top 100 American law firm. She serves on the Baylor University Board of Regents and is a governor-appointed Yellow rose of Texas for the positive recognition she has brought to the State of Texas.

Locked Down
While the most recent merger involved two heavy-hitting regional firms, there's no confusing who's now in charge: the Locke Liddell influence is evident in the lion's share of major assignments the new Locke Lord is handling, with a number of high-profile cases coming from the forefather firm's traditional territory. Among Locke Lord's most noteworthy clients are Dallas-based Belo Corporation, which controls the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Pacific Group and Southern Union. The firm also boasts strong connections to the oil and energy industry, representing giants like Shell Oil and Kinder Morgan.

International Steps & Local Focuses
Locke Lord has recently turned its focus overseas, opening its first Asia office in Hong Kong in 2011. From that base, the firm serves international clients and multinational businesses throughout the region, specializing in capital markets, real estate and other business transaction matters. Europe is served by a London office that focuses on insurance and reinsurance matters, including claims, litigation, underwriting and regulatory issues.

Although Locke Lord is a full-service firm, many domestic offices take a focused approach to their practices: energy is the name of the game in New Orleans; intellectual property rules in San Francisco; and (surprise) government affairs, finance and corporate transactions, and regulatory law dominate in Washington, DC. From its base in the Capitol, Locke Lord also fields a lobbying team that caters to financial services companies, representing them before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

IN THE NEWS

May 2014

Litigation Leaders
Texas Lawyer announced Locke Lord as its 2014 Litigation Department of the Year-the top large law firm in the general litigation category. The weekly newspaper referred to Locke Lord's "Supreme Year" that involved notable litigation victories in 2013, including a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc. v. J-Crew Management, Inc. Locke Lord has more than 125 litigators in Texas and almost 300 firmwide

Justice for All

Locke Lord was honored with the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The firm received this national honor in recognition of work that led to the passage of the Michael Morton Act in Texas-a landmark reform of the state's criminal justice system. In 2012, a team of nearly 40 Locke Lord lawyers worked with the nonprofits Texas Appleseed and the Texas Defender Service to interview prosecutors across Texas and analyze their criminal discovery practices. The research uncovered systemic inconsistencies from county to county regarding what information was provided to defendants during discovery. In some cases, the withholding of information led to wrongful convictions.

Ensuring Arbitrator Neutrality

The Texas Supreme Court issued a decision in favor of Locke Lord client Illinova Generating Company, a subsidiary of Dynegy Inc., in Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy LLC. The court's opinion is significant because it reaffirms the duty of a neutral arbitrator to fully disclose all non-trivial facts and relationships with parties and their counsel that might create a reasonable impression of the arbitrator's partiality. The underlying case concerned a $125 million arbitration award in Ponderosa Pine Energy's favor over the purchase of a Cleburne power plant, which was sold to Ponderosa by a joint venture that included Illinova and Tenaska Energy.

March 2013

Shooting for Significant Verdicts
Locke Lord's representation of Retractable Technologies, Inc. in its $113 ‎million jury verdict against rival syringe manufacturer Becton Dickinson & Company has been ‎listed No. 17 in the National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2013. Dallas Partner Roy ‎Hardin led the team of Locke Lord lawyers in the antitrust and false advertising suit.

December 2013

Supreme Work
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Locke Lord LLP client Atlantic Marine Construction Co. in a highly watched case regarding the validity of forum-selection clauses in business contracts. The decision will impact any business, large or small, that agrees to select forums for settling disputes. In this case, Virginia-based Atlantic Marine had subcontracted with J-Crew Management, Inc. of Killeen, Texas, to provide labor and materials for construction of a Fort Hood children's center for the Army Corp of Engineers. The contract agreed upon by both companies stipulated that any dispute in the project would be heard in Virginia. After a dispute arose, J-Crew filed suit in federal court in Austin. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals supported an earlier ruling from the U.S. District Court which stated that hearing the case in Virginia would result in significant expenses and inconvenience for witnesses and parties in the case.

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Locke Lord LLP


2200 Ross Avenue
Suite 2200
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8000
www.lockelord.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairwoman: Jerry K. Clements
  • Hiring Partners: Janis Loegering (Firmwide Hiring Partner); Michelle Earley (Austin); Courtney Barr (Chicago); Paul Schuster (Dallas); Scott Davidson, Doug Yeager (Houston); Nina Huerta (Los Angeles); Gregory Casamento (New York)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 638

  • Employment Contact

    Holly Lawrence
    Director of Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (214) 740-8824
    E-mail: hlawrence@lockelord.com
     
    Recruiting contacts for all Locke Lord offices below and at lockelord.com/careers.
     
    Austin
    Holly Lawrence
    Director of Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (214) 740-8824
    Email: hlawrence@lockelord.com
     
    Chicago
    Jessie Pearson
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 443-0250
    Email: jpearson@lockelord.com
     
    Dallas
    Ginny Mothershead
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone (214) 740-8290
    Email: gmothershead@lockelord.com
     
    Houston
    Alison Ketabchi
    Manager of Law School Recruiting
    Phone: (713) 226-1316
    Email: aketabchi@lockelord.com
     
    Lindsey Silber
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (713) 226-1243
    Email: lsilber@lockelord.com
     
    Los Angeles 
    Debbie Bain
    Manager of Attorney Development
    Phone: (214) 687-6740
    Email: dbain@lockelord.com


  • Base Salary

    Chicago, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Texas

    1st year: $160,000 
    Summer associate: $3,076/weel

    Atlanta, New Orleans, Sacramento

    1st year: $145,000 
    Summer associate: $3,076/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    41 out of 47 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Administrative & Regulatory
    Admiralty & Maritime
    Antitrust
    Appellate
    Asia 
    Aviation
    Bank Regulatory & Transactions
    Banking & Financial Institutions Litigation 
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency 
    Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Business Technology
    Cards and Payments 
    Class Actions 
    Climate Change Team 
    Construction 
    Consumer Finance
    Corporate
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy
    Energy Litigation
    Environmental
    Finance
    Financial Regulatory Reform Group
    Global Litigation
    Health Care
    Insurance
    International
    International Arbitration
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    IP Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
    IP Transactional
    Labor & Employment
    Locke Lord Strategies
    Privacy and Data Security
    Product Liability
    Public Law, Governmental & Public Affairs
    Real Estate & Finance
    Reinsurance
    REIT
    Securities Litigation
    Sports, Arts Media & Entertainment
    Tax
    Trademark, Copyright & Advertising
    White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Hong Kong
  • London
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