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    Locke Lord’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, Four Lawyers Named Among the Best in Chambers Global 2015

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    March 24, 2015 ­– Chambers Global has released its 2015 rankings, naming four lawyers at Locke Lord LLP as leading practitioners in their respective practice areas. Locke Lord’s Privacy & Data Security Practice was recognized for excellence in the United States, with Chicago Of Counsel Tom Smedinghoff selected as an industry leader again in that category. Smedinghoff was described as a "go-to guy for privacy". He advises clients on cutting-edge issues in developing areas such as e-commerce, contributes to the development of public policy on cybersecurity and serves on State Department and United Nations committees.

    Locke Lord earned recognition in the intellectual property categories in both the United States and the United Kingdom, with two lawyers achieving multiple consecutive rankings. New York Partner John Sweeney was ranked in Intellectual Property: Patent in the United States and London Partner John Olsen was ranked in Intellectual Property in the United Kingdom. Sweeney has extensive experience in patent, trade mark and trade secret litigation. Sweeney led the Locke Lord team that represented Volkswagen and Audi AG in its successful bid in Federal Circuit Court to stop infringement claims by Kruse Technology Partnership. With more than 30 years of experience in Intellectual Property Law and in particular trade mark law, 25 of those years practicing in Europe, Olsen advises clients on selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark rights throughout the world. Olsen received feedback praising the "fantastic" quality of his work.

    Houston Partner Scott Arrington was ranked in Projects in the United States, in a nod to his extensive international project development and acquisition and disposition experience. Arrington was commended for his knowledge of the oil and gas sector, with clients affirming that he is "very responsive" and is a "very, very talented lawyer”.

    Click here to view Locke Lord’s rankings.

    The Chambers Global guide, among the most respected referral guides of leading law firms and individual lawyers around the world, covers all major jurisdictions throughout the world. In each country, the leading international law firms and leading individuals are ranked in the principal areas of law. Chambers and Partners employs extensive research methods, including numerous in-depth client and lawyer interviews, to determine its rankings, and offers third party editorial commentary.

    About Locke Lord LLP

    Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm. On January 10, 2015, Locke Lord LLP and Edward Wildman Palmer LLP combined to create Locke Lord LLP, a Firm of approximately 1,000 lawyers working from 23 offices to meet clients’ needs around the world. With a combined history of more than 125 years and a greatly enhanced domestic and global footprint, Locke Lord is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, insurance and reinsurance, private equity, telecommunications, technology, real estate, financial services and health care and life sciences, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, regulatory, intellectual property and fund formation teams.

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