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    Locke Lord Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized for Excellence in Chambers USA 2011 Rankings

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    June 15, 2011 – Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell gained even more recognition for its attorneys and strong practice areas this year in the newly released Chambers USA 2011 Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Firm's practice areas are recognized in 15 categories, including three nationwide rankings (Capital Markets: REITs; Energy: Oil & Gas – Transactional; and Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer) and 12 state rankings. Also, 37 individual attorneys are listed in the 2011 Guide, including five attorneys who earned nationwide rankings. New York Partner Steven Schwartz (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance – Nationwide) again received a Band 1 nationwide ranking. Los Angeles Of Counsel Jonathan Bank (Insurance: Reinsurance – California) and Austin Of Counsel Mike A. Hatchell (Appellate Law – Texas) earned Band 1 state rankings. Three Locke Lord attorneys were added to the 2011 list over last year’s, and an additional practice area – California Healthcare – joined the list of honorees. The Chambers USA 2011 rankings follow Locke Lord’s Chambers Global recognition for its REIT practice and for three attorneys: Bryan L. Goolsby (Capital Markets: REITs); John F. Sweeney (Intellectual Property: Patent); and Zunxuan “Digger” Chen (Intellectual Property – Regional Experts).

    Here is a list of Locke Lord attorneys included in Chambers USA 2011 for their work in specific practice areas (listings are state rankings unless otherwise noted):

    California 

        Jonathan Bank (Los Angeles) – Insurance: Reinsurance

    Illinois (Chicago) 

        Jon Biasetti – Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory 
        Patrick S. Coffey – Healthcare 
        Louis S. Cohen – Real Estate 
        Nick J. DiGiovanni – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance 
        Randall A. Hack – Antitrust 
        Keith D. Parr – Intellectual Property 
        Gary W. Westerberg – Transportation: Aviation: Litigation (nationwide ranking)

    Louisiana 

        Omer F. “Rick” Kuebel III (New Orleans) – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

    New York (New York City) 

        Steven Schwartz – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance (nationwide ranking); and Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (state ranking) 
        John F. Sweeney – Intellectual Property: Patent

    Texas 

        Christopher F. Allison (Dallas) – Tax 
        Kenneth M. Anderson (Houston) – Banking & Finance 
        J. Robert Beatty (Dallas) – Litigation: Energy & National Resources 
        Jerry K. Clements (Austin) – Litigation: General Commercial 
        R. Brent Clifton (Dallas) – Tax 
        Lisa Genecov (Dallas) – Healthcare 
        Don M. Glendenning (Dallas) – Corporate/M&A 
        Bryan L. Goolsby (Dallas) – Capital Markets: REITs (nationwide ranking) 
        Vicky Gunning (Dallas) – Real Estate 
        Buddy Haas (Houston) – Banking & Finance 
        Mike A. Hatchell (Austin) – Appellate Law (nationwide ranking) and Litigation: Appellate (state ranking) 
        Gerald D. Higdon (Houston) – Environment 
        Stephen C. Jacobs (Houston) – Real Estate 
        James R. Leahy (Houston) – Litigation: General Commercial 
        Elizabeth E. Mack (Dallas) – Environment 
        Robert J. McAughan Jr. (Houston) – Intellectual Property 
        Robert T. Mowrey (Dallas) – Banking & Finance 
        David Patton (Houston) – Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (nationwide ranking) 
        Gerald J. Pels (Houston) – Environment 
        Mike Peters (Houston) – Corporate/M&A 
        Michael V. Powell (Dallas) – Litigation: General Commercial 
        Susan M. Rainey (Dallas) – Environment 
        Jamie Robertson (Houston) – Real Estate 
        Michael O. Sutton (Houston) – Intellectual Property 
        Bill Swanstrom (Houston) – Corporate/M&A 
        David Taylor (Houston) – Corporate/M&A 

    Recognized Locke Lord Practice Areas are: 

        Capital Markets: REITs – Nationwide 
        Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) – Nationwide 
        Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer – Nationwide 
        Banking & Finance – Texas 
        Corporate M&A – Texas 
        Environment – Texas 
        Healthcare – California and Texas 
        Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Illinois 
        Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance – Illinois 
        Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory – Illinois 
        Intellectual Property – Texas 
        Litigation: General Commercial – Texas 
        Real Estate – Texas 
        Tax – Texas

    Chambers USA, as well as Chambers Global and other Chambers & Partners publications, bases its rankings on interviews with thousands of lawyers and clients around the globe. A team of researchers assesses the results and ranks practice areas and attorneys based on market opinion – those who make the list are considered recognized leaders in their fields. More than 50 percent of 20,000 in-house counsel surveyed independently from Chambers chose Chambers & Partners as their most trusted source for legal industry information.

    Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP consistently ranks among American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms. Our 30-plus practice areas serve national and international clients from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. We have built a solid reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, and our nearly 650 attorneys build collaborative relationships and craft creative solutions – all designed and executed to meet clients’ long-term strategic goals. At the end of each year, we want our Firm to be better, stronger and more highly regarded than it was at the beginning.

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