2019 Vault Rankings
“Opportunities for growth”
“Firm pushes interactions with clients”
“Lack of professional development and training”
“The tier-system used for determining compensation”
“Not transparent with decision making and compensation factors”
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices and about 700 attorneys with offices in Texas, the Northeast, the Midwest, the Southeast, and the West Coast in addition to offices in Hong Kong and London. 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. 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, RI. 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, the largest law firm merger in U.S. legal history to that point. Sixteen years and five mergers later, the modern Locke Lord emerged in 2015.
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 Kenedy, one of three Vice Chairs of the firm. Locke Lord’s board of directors has 10 female members, one of whom serves as co-chair of the board. Female attorneys manage five of Locke Lord’s offices: Vicky Gunning (Dallas), Laura Edrington (Houston), Nina Huerta (Los Angeles), Regina McClendon (San Francisco), and Denise Hanna (Washington, DC). And Paulette Brown, a partner 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. The firm was led from 2006 to 2017 by Jerry Clements, a woman trial lawyer from Texas.
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
Locke Lord’s announcement that former Houston Office Managing Partner David Taylor would assume the role as the firm’s Chair, succeeding Jerry Clements as head of the Firm effective Jan. 1, 2018, was featured in The American Lawyer. In particular, the article highlights the firm’s year-long leadership succession plan that included input from attorneys and staff before Taylor’s selection.
Allison O’Neil, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Boson office, was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a 2017 Top Women of Law honoree and shared her career defining moments and the work of which she is most proud.
Locke Lord was profiled in Law360 ranked among the top 40 law firms for client service performance in BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team 2018” report. Additionally, Locke Lord was recognized as a leader in providing corporate legal departments with value for the dollar.
Chicago Partner Jennifer Kenedy, a Vice Chair of Locke Lord’s Executive Committee, was profiled by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago. The inaugural list recognized great accomplishments in the legal industry, giving back to the community, and mentorship of other women lawyers.
Dallas Partner Stuart Bumpas spoke with Texas Lawyer about Locke Lord’s Art Law section, launched in early 2016, and the recent growth in demand for legal counsel in the sector. Locke Lord’s Art Law section includes lawyers from across the firm who are capable of advising clients with art-related legal issues. The firm has represented museums, universities, and other cultural institutions, galleries and dealers in art, artists, private collectors, insurers and foundations across a broad spectrum of issues involved in creation, ownership, and transfer or rights in art.
2200 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8000
Employer Type: Private
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 (Los Angeles); Gregory Casamento (NY); Lori Basilico (Providence)
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 713
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,461.50/week
1st year: $155,000
Summer associate: $2,980/week
22 out of 22 (2Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
West Palm Beach, FL
Corporate and Transactional
Finance, Banking, & Real Estate