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April 2, 2013 – Locke Lord Dallas Partner Bryan L. Goolsby, Chair of the REIT Practice Group, and New York Partner John F. Sweeney, have once again been recognized for excellence in Chambers Global 2013. In addition, the well-respected international legal industry publication recognizes Locke Lord's firm-wide REIT Practice Group in its Capital Markets: REITs category as among the leading practices in the field.
Chambers Global 2013 cited Goolsby as "very smart, talented and thoughtful" in his practice leadership and representation of numerous significant public REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts). Goolsby facilitates debt and equity offerings on behalf of REITs and represents boards and board committees, corporations and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and purchasers and sellers of both public and private entities. Goolsby is an associate member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He also serves as Chair of the Firm's Finance Committee.
Sweeney, former Chair of Locke Lord's firm-wide Intellectual Property Department, has been involved in patent, trade secret and trademark litigation since 1973. Chambers Global has cited him as "a highly respected patent litigator who finds creative and innovative ways to solve disputes” and also as "a bright lawyer and a very good person." Chambers USA recognizes him as having "exceptional courtroom skills and grasp of technology." Sweeney appears in the Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts; is one of a select number of attorneys named to The Best of the Best USA 2010 in the field of patent law; and is included in The Best Lawyers of America.
Locke Lord's REIT Practice is regularly recognized as one of the nation's preeminent counselors to public and private real estate investment trusts. The practice has been nationally ranked by The American Lawyer in its annual Corporate Scorecard and by Chambers USA 2012: Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Chambers Global and other Chambers publications base their rankings on interviews with thousands of lawyers and clients around the globe, with results based on market opinion. Attorneys and practice areas recognized are considered leaders in their fields.
Locke Lord LLP consistently ranks among American Lawyer's top 100 U.S. law firms. The Firm's full range of practice and industry areas serve international and national 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. It has an excellent reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, with its 650-plus lawyers building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions – all designed and executed to meet clients' long-term strategic goals.