Locke Lord Elects 12 New Partners in Five Cities; 50 Percent of Those Promoted Are Women

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    December 17, 2014 – A diverse group of 12 Locke Lord lawyers – including six women – has been promoted to the Partnership level effective January 1, 2015. These soon-to-be new Partners represent six Practice groups, strengthening the Firm’s resources in Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate & Finance, Environmental, Labor & Employment and Health Care.

    The new Partners include:

    In Austin:

    Tammy Ward Woffenden focuses on transactional, regulatory and administrative matters for clients that include health care providers, managed care organizations, and other businesses governed by healthcare laws. She also represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other transactions involving healthcare entities. Woffenden has advised on federal laws involving HIPAA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Anti-Kickback Act and Stark law, and Medicare and Medicaid compliance and reimbursement matters. She also advises on state law matters including healthcare licensure and changes of ownership, corporate practice of medicine restrictions, fee-splitting, self-referral and anti-kickback restrictions, and data privacy and security.

    In Chicago:

    Gina Gamalfocuses her practice on transactional real estate law. She has represented owners, developers, purchasers and investors in matters throughout the country relating to the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of various property types, including multi-family, office, retail and industrial as well as vacant land. Gamal drafts and negotiates purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, reciprocal easement and operating agreements, and leases.

    Douglas R. Sargent is a member Locke Lord’s Class Action, Consumer Finance and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice groups. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of financial institutions and insurance companies in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations. Sargent has substantial experience in jurisdictions across the country representing clients that include mortgage lenders, securitizers, servicers and other financial institutions.

    In Dallas:

    Johnathan E. Collins has experience in commercial and financial services litigation, including class actions, and in defending claims for wrongful death, personal injury, product liability and property damage. His clients include lenders and loan servicers, investors, real estate developers, utilities and manufacturers. He has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine. 

    Susan M. Rainey is an environmental lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in the environmental field. She focuses on analyzing and managing environmental risks and liabilities for real property acquisition and disposition, lending, foreclosure, and corporate transactions, as well as analyzing environmental insurance availability and coverages. She has assisted clients addressing environmental contamination in more than 20 states. Rainey has been named an "Associate to Watch," by Chambers USA for Environmental Law from 2009-2014.

    Amy Gremminger White focuses her practice on the representation of lenders, borrowers and investors in permanent, construction and other types of financing transactions secured by real property. She also represents purchasers and sellers of various types of real property, including hotels, marinas, office, multifamily and other commercial projects, and she has experience in public finance, transportation, health care, military housing and hospitality transactions. She has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine.

    Kimberly F. Williams has substantial experience representing employers in employment litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge claims. In addition to providing daily employment counseling on a variety of matters, she also represents clients in negotiating, preparing and enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, and in litigation concerning unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation claims. Williams has represented employers before various state and federal administrative agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Office of Administrative Law Judges and the Administrative Review Board.  She has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine.

    In Houston:

    Brandon F. Renken has considerable trial and courtroom experience, and a broad-based commercial litigation practice. He concentrates on all types of complex commercial disputes in both civil and criminal matters, both as plaintiff and defendant. Renken’s recent matters have included, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract, maritime and domestic and international arbitration and defense of SEC investigations. He has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine.

    Michael Rose focuses his labor and employment practice on litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), primarily collective actions and other multi-plaintiff lawsuits, as well as on wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation lawsuits under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal and state employment statutes. He also has significant experience representing clients in litigation matters involving restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and trade secrets. Rose is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    In Los Angeles:

    Daniel Solitro concentrates his practice on a broad range of complex commercial disputes in both federal and state court and arbitration proceedings. His focuses are on consumer finance litigation, real estate development disputes, and intellectual property.  Solitro represents clients in the financial services industry as well as clients in a range of other industries. He has successfully resolved a broad array of matters for his clients, including litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, contract disputes, and real estate.

    Locke Lord will officially combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer on January 10, 2015, creating a Firm with more than 1,000 lawyers operating from 23 offices worldwide. At that time, Locke Lord Edwards LLP will move into the Top 50 of The American Lawyer’s annual rankings of U.S. law firms based on gross revenues of the legacy firms. The combination will enable the Firm to strengthen its position and product offerings around the world in the middle market sector with the ability to represent private equity and venture capital clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, telecommunications, technology, real estate, health care and life sciences. The combined Firm will also experience a significant increase in the depth of its insurance, reinsurance, intellectual property, financial institutions and fund formation teams.

    Locke Lord Edwards LLP will have offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, N.J., New Orleans, New York, Orange County, Calif., Providence, R.I., Stamford, Conn., Sacramento, San Francisco, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach.


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