2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The level of responsibility and trust we are given.”
“We work with interesting clients on complex issues.”
“The people. Everyone is friendly, smart, and enjoyable to work with.”
“Ambiguity surrounding compensation.”
“Working BigLaw hours.”
“Lack of transparency.”
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices and about 650 attorneys with offices across the U.S., as well as in Hong Kong and London. Locke Lord has received numerous industry recognitions as a global leader in the middle-market sector.
Go Voltron Force!
Like Voltron, Locke Lord is the product of a number of disparate parts combining to form a behemoth. The firm can trace its roots to the founding of three firms in a seven-year period in the late 1800s in Boston, Dallas, and Providence. A couple of decades later, John Lord would open a firm in Chicago in 1914 and another predecessor firm would open in Houston in 1916. Nearly a century later, these predecessor firms began combining, beginning with the Dallas and Houston firms merging in 1999 to form Locke Liddell & Sapp, in what was the largest law firm merger in U.S. history to that point. Sixteen years and five mergers later, the modern Locke Lord emerged in 2015.
All the Way to the Bank
Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy; financial services; fund formation; health care; insurance and reinsurance; private equity and venture capital; public finance; real estate; and technology, media, and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory, and transactional teams. Locke Lord’s clients range from Fortune 500 and middle-market public and private companies to startups and emerging businesses. Some key clients include Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, and Deutsche Bank AG, among others. The firm is most noted, however, for its work in the middle market.
Diversity is a Key to Success
Locke Lord has a history of successfully placing women in powerful places. Harriet Miers was the firm’s first female managing partner, leading the firm from 1996 until 2001, when she joined the George W. Bush Administration. Miers served as Staff Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Counsel to the President before returning to the firm in 2007, where she continues to practice. There are three women on the firm’s executive committee, including Jennifer Kennedy, one of three vice chairs of the firm. Female attorneys manage five of Locke Lord’s offices, and Paulette Brown—a senior partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer based in Locke Lord’s Princeton office—is past president of the American Bar Association and was the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as president of the ABA.
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, and supporting longtime firm programs like flexible work arrangements, domestic partner benefits, and the women’s initiative.
News & Awards
As part of Locke Lord’s commitment to wellness, the firm signed ABA’s Well-Being Pledge and introduced Locke Lord Wellness, an initiative designed to ensure that the firm offers the resources and support to maintain and/or improve the health of its attorneys and staff—both physically and mentally. The initiative includes a firmwide Wellness Committee comprised of attorneys and staff designed to assist the firm in these efforts. Locke Lord is providing access to tools and resources to promote awareness and incentives for taking preventative steps to stay healthy or improve one’s overall health.
Locke Lord launched a new initiative focusing on the firm’s next generation of leaders with the publication of its NextGen Q&A Series, which profiles each week a different young partner across a broad spectrum of backgrounds, viewpoints, and practices, discussing how he or she is making a difference within the firm on behalf of clients and throughout their communities. Locke Lord continues to focus on promoting and highlighting the next generation to secure the future of the firm, client relationships, and well-developed and effective succession planning.
Locke Lord charged its Board of Directors with a number of projects in the past year, including updating the firm’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan. The firm remains focused on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality, and service to clients across its five key sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity.
One of Locke Lord’s core values is diversity and inclusion, which was highlighted when the firm established formally an internal position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to help ensure it is constantly looking at different perspectives to yield the best results for the firm’s clients.
- Served as insurance regulatory counsel to CVS Health in its $70 billion acquisition of Aetna.
- Among representation for Henry Schein before the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously vacated Fifth Circuit decision that affirmed the trial court’s denial of Henry Schein’s motion to move to arbitration.
- Represented American Midstream Partners in $2 billion merger with JP Energy Partners.
- Secured a landmark ruling from the High Court of England and Wales recognizing for the first time Singapore’s new moratorium law for debt restructuring.
- Earned a 100 percent rating and “Employer of Choice” for LGBTQ employees distinction in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year. (Locke Lord predecessor firm Edwards Wildman earned a 100 percent rating for seven consecutive years from 2009-2015.)
- Ranked No. 72 in 2019 Am Law 100 list.
- Ranked in Top 3 by Deal Count for M&A in Texas in 2018.
- Chambers USA 2019 ranked 54 Locke Lord lawyers and 22 of the firm’s practice areas in its 2019 edition. Ten of the firm’s lawyers achieved Band 1 rankings in their respective practice areas, and the firm’s Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) practice earned a national distinction.
- Fourteen practice areas were named among the top nationally in the 2019 U.S. News/Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms report.
2200 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8000
Chair: David Taylor
Hiring Partners: Janis Loegering (Firmwide); Tammy Woffenden (Austin); Matt McTygue (Boston); Carolyn Blessing (Chicago); Kim Williams (Dallas); Phil Lau and Greg Heath (Houston); Nina Huerta (LA); Gregory Casamento (NY); Lori Basilico (Providence)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,461.50/week
1st year: $155,000
Summer associate: $2,980/week
Summer Associate Offers:
22 out of 22 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
34 total (22 2Ls; 12 1Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
West Palm Beach, FL
Corporate and Transactional
Finance, Banking, & Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.