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    Locke Lord Strengthens Litigation Group in California With Partner Promotions of Regina McClendon, Stephen Tuggy

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    August 13, 2014 - Locke Lord has strengthened its Litigation Practice Group in California with the Partnership promotions of highly experienced litigators Regina McClendon in San Francisco and Stephen Tuggy in Los Angeles.

    “We continue to strategically grow our California team in order to address the increased demand for the type of quality client service expected of Locke Lord,” said Firm Chair Jerry Clements. “I consider the addition of Regina and Stephen to the Firm’s Partnership not only a sign of this growth but a demonstration of the type of talented people we have at all levels of the Firm. It is always a proud moment when we can reward our lawyers for the extraordinary work product they produce every day.”

    McClendon, who joined Locke Lord three years ago as Senior Counsel, focuses on financial institution litigation, and business and commercial litigation. She has defended numerous consumer class action lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. She has represented a variety of financial institutions in disputes and litigation on a range of issues, including alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

    McClendon earned her J.D. from University of California, Hastings School of Law in 1996 and her B.A., with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin. She is admitted to practice in California, Montana and Texas.

    Tuggy, who has been Of Counsel in the Firm’s Los Angeles office for more than five years, has extensive experience defending consumer class actions in antitrust, insurance, and false advertising cases. He has worked on environmental litigation and remediation matters, including toxic torts and groundwater contamination litigation, as well as intellectual property issues, business torts, employment litigation and other commercial matters.

    Tuggy earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his work at Locke Lord, he serves on the Board of Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles and is President of the Christian Legal Society.

    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.

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