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Our Survey Says


Core values of collegiality, collaboration, and corporate responsibility attract associates to Locke Lord. While the firm may not attract top talent, it still recruits based on law school prestige, grades, work experience, and diversity. Candidates’ personalities must match the pleasant, professional, and relaxed office environment, and they should plan on good relationships with partners, who value associates’ time and work product. Partners are approachable and take a lot of time teaching and providing feedback to associates, which is a nice complement to formal training that takes place during new associate orientation and in regular CLE sessions. Lateral hires appreciate efforts to onboard them and help them find work. Work assignments are challenging and often push associates beyond their comfort level, though partners are there to lend a hand. Projects themselves generally are distributed fairly, while some associates get work based on the quality of previous work and partner familiarity. For billable hours, an associate must hit 1,950 hours to advance to the next salary level and 2,050 hours to qualify for a bonus. Salaries are below the market standard, and hours-based and discretionary bonuses only allow associates to reach the market salary level. Firm technology is adequate, with some less innovative areas that need some improvement. Locke Lord offers fairly standard wellness initiatives, and though it does promote pro bono work, it could do a better job of connecting associates with specific projects. Diversity seems solid in terms of education, recruiting, retention, and promotion. Promotion to partner is possible and, perhaps, expected; if it doesn’t happen, counsel roles and external moves in-house are likely.

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); Carolyn Blessing (Chicago); Scott Jones, Susan Rainey (Dallas); Ted Augustinos (Hartford); Sara Longtain, Chris Martin (Houston); Nina Huerta (LA); Lisa Ruggiero (NY); Lori Basilico (Providence)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
Large Market
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $220,000
3rd year: $230,000
4th year: $260,000
5th year: $290,000
6th year: $310,000
7th year: $330,000
8th year: $345,000
9th year: $345,000
Summer Associate: $4,134.62/ week

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 I

Major Departments

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