The main reason that Locke Lord’s three mergers have been successful “is our focus on preserving our culture of outstanding client service, collegiality and teamwork,” Jerry Clements, the Firm’s Chair, told Lawdragon in a “Lawyer Limelight” interview recently posted to that publication’s web site.
“We simply won't do a deal if we can't convince ourselves that our potential merger partner lives and breathes these same basic tenets,” Clements said. “Once we get beyond that hurdle, everything else tends to fall into place. Clearly, the biggest challenge is integrating new offices which are geographically distant and making sure our lawyers in those offices get to know and work with lawyers in other offices. The philosophy of an integrated ‘one firm’ mentality is critical to our culture.”
In addition to discussing the growth of Locke Lord, Clements – who in addition to being a top litigator has managed Locke Lord since 2006 – talked about her relationship with Baylor University, a close encounter with President Kennedy during his fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963 and Locke Lord’s reputation as being a leading law firm for women as well as its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The complete Lawdragon interview
with Clements is available here