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June 5, 2014 - Locke Lord has been named the 2014 Large Firm Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer, which recognized the Firm for having had a “Supreme Year” in many high-profile cases. Two of the major victories included a significant jury verdict and a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court.
“We had another incredible year and we appreciate the Texas Lawyer’s recognition,” said Dallas Partner John McDonald, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Litigation Department. “Whether in pre-trial, trial, arbitration or on appeal, our talented Texas trial lawyers continue to establish Locke Lord as a “go-to” litigation firm across the state, nation and globe. The Atlantic Marine and RTI cases are two great examples of Locke Lord’s depth and talent.”
In Retractable Technologies Inc., et al. v. Becton Dickinson and Co., Dallas Partner Roy Hardin led a team of six Locke Lord lawyers representing Retractable Technologies (RTI) – a Texas-based manufacturer of safety medical devices – in an antitrust and false advertising suit against rival syringe manufacturer Becton Dickinson and Co.
Locke Lord successfully argued Becton Dickinson illegally engaged in anti-competitive conduct and false advertising under the Lanham Act. The $113 million jury verdict, issued in September and now a subject of post-trial motions, was one of the largest of the year.
In the Texas Lawyer article, Hardin said the case highlighted Locke Lord’s teamwork capabilities, while RTI's Vice President and General Counsel Michele Larios is quoted praising the “excellent job” the Firm did in seeing RTI “all the way through all aspects of that case.”
The second noteworthy case highlighted by Texas Lawyer was October’s unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Locke Lord client Atlantic Marine Construction Co.
In this case, Virginia-based Atlantic Marine had subcontracted with J-Crew Management, Inc. of Killeen, Texas, to provide labor and materials for a construction project. The contract agreed upon by both companies stipulated that any dispute in the project would be heard in Virginia. After a dispute arose, J-Crew filed suit in federal court in Austin.
This precedent-setting case resolved a circuit court split regarding the validity of forum-selection clauses in business contracts.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition from Texas Lawyer,” said Locke Lord Chair
Jerry Clements. “We have more than 125 trial lawyers in Texas working every day on complex matters for our clients across all industries. This past year was yet another successful one for the Firm’s Litigation Department, and it is gratifying for their exemplary work to be distinguished in this way.”
In determining the Litigation Department of the Year, Texas Lawyer assessed the significant victories and important cases led by Texas-based lawyers that demonstrate why clients choose them for litigation representation. Locke Lord’s work was highlighted in a special supplement published June 2.
Locke Lord consistently ranks among American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms. The Firm’s full range of practice and industry 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. 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.