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At a Glance

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“People never ask how they can get more work out of me. They ask how they can support me.”

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About Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices and about 600 attorneys in locations across the U.S., as well as in Brussels and London. Locke Lord has received numerous industry recognitions as a global leader in the middle-market sector.

A History of Mergers

Locke Lord 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 opened 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; healthcare; 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 Kenedy, one of three vice chairs of the firm. Female attorneys manage nine of Locke Lord’s offices. 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

NOTABLE CASES
  • Represented WellCare as national insurance and health care regulatory counsel in its $17.3 billion merger with Centene.
  • Represented an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners in the acquisition of Navitas from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus for $3.25 billion.
    Following an eight-week trial, secured a jury verdict in favor of Farmers Insurance
  • Exchange in a closely watched trial involving claims of age discrimination brought by California-based former insurance agents under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • In what is the first litigation involving actual construction of an offshore wind farm, secured a jury verdict in favor of US Wind in a trial involving breach of contract and tortious interference against the installation contractor for its Maryland offshore wind project.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Mansfield Certification, 2022-2023 — Diversity Lab
  • Ranked No. 97, 2024 — Am Law 100
  • Client Service A-Team, 2024, BTI Consulting Group
  • 70 lawyers, 30 practice areas recognized and 11 lawyers achieved Band 1 rankings, 2024 — Chambers USA
  • 173 lawyers recognized, five Lawyer of the Year recipients, 2024 — The Best Lawyers in America®; 39 lawyers recognized, 2024 — Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Locke Lord LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chair: David Taylor
Hiring Partners: Laura Edrington (Firmwide); Kent Hofmann (Austin); Christine McCay (Boston); Tom Bohac, Alyssa Gregory (Chicago); Susan Rainey (Dallas); Ted Augustinos (Hartford); Sara Longtain, Chris Martin (Houston); Nina Huerta (LA); Lisa Ruggiero (NY); Krystle Tadesse (Providence)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:
6
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,850

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
Large Market
1st year: $225,000
Summer Associate: $4,326.92/week

Employment Contact

Vanessa Golan
Director of Recruiting
312) 443-0251
Vanessa.Golan@lockelord.com
Oversees all recruitment for the firm.
Melissa Robles
Manager of Legal Recruiting
(512) 305-4798
Melissa. Robles@lockelord.com
Manages attorney recruitment for the firm.
McKenzie Atwood
Manager of Law Student Recruiting
(713) 226-1321
McKenzie.Atwood@lockelord.com
Manages law student recruitment for the firm.
Other law student recruiting contacts for individual Locke Lord offices at lockelord.com/careers
general recruiting email: lockelordrecruiting@lockelord.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 18

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Corporate and Transactional
Finance, Banking, & Real Estate
Intellectual Property
Litigation
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.