News Release

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes 53 Locke Lord Lawyers and 17 Practice Areas

May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 – Legal directory Chambers USA has ranked 53 Locke Lord LLP lawyers and 17 of the Firm’s practice areas for excellence in its 2017 edition. Eleven of the Firm’s lawyers have achieved Band 1 rankings in their respective practice areas and the Firm’s Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) practice has earned a national distinction.

Locke Lord lawyers honored on a national level include: Nick J. DiGiovanni (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance) and David Patton (Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional). 

Six Locke Lord lawyers were ranked by Chambers USA for the first time this year, including: Paul E. Coggins (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations), M. Benjamin Cowan (Environment), Tim Johnson (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations), Kiprian Mendrygal (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations) and Cynthia Timms (Litigation: Appellate).

In addition, four Locke Lord lawyers moved up in this year’s rankings, including: John K. Arnold (Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation [Oil & Gas]) and Christopher M. Flanagan (Tax).

Below is a full list of Locke Lord lawyers ranked in Chambers USA 2017:


Nick J. DiGiovanni – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance
David Patton – Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional

Illinois (Chicago)

Michael P. Bennett – Technology & Outsourcing
Jon Biasetti – Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
Nick J. DiGiovanni – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance (Band 1)
Paige D. Waters – Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
Jonathan W. Young – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Louisiana (New Orleans)

Omer F. ''Rick'' Kuebel III – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Massachusetts (Boston)

Christopher M. Flanagan – Tax
Richard D. Glovsky – Labor & Employment
Stanley Keller – Corporate/M&A
Richard A. Manley Jr. – Banking & Finance: Public Finance
Stephanie H. Massey – Banking & Finance: Public Finance
Jennifer Capasso Mendonça – Banking & Finance: Public Finance
David R. Rodgers – Real Estate
David L. Ruediger – Banking & Finance
David S. Szabo – Health Care (Band 1)
Walter J. St. Onge III – Banking & Finance: Public Finance (Band 1)

Rhode Island (Providence)

Mark W. Freel – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
Christopher D. Graham – Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)
Douglas G. Gray – Corporate/Commercial
Charles F. Rogers – Real Estate



Cynthia Bast – Real Estate
Brad Hawley – Real Estate
  Tai C. Tran – Real Estate


Paul E. Coggins – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 1)
Don M. Glendenning – Corporate/M&A
Elizabeth E. Mack – Environment
Kiprian Mendrygal – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Michael V. Powell – Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources
Susan M. Rainey – Environment
Cynthia Timms – Litigation: Appellate
Bradley C. Weber – Antitrust 


John K. Arnold – Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Oil & Gas) (Band 1) and Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity)
Charles S. Baker – Intellectual Property
M. Benjamin Cowan – Environment
  Gerald D. (Jerry) Higdon – Environment
Stephen C. Jacobs – Real Estate
Tim Johnson – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Gerald J. Pels – Environment
Bill Swanstrom – Corporate/M&A

Locke Lord practice areas recognized in Chambers USA 2017 are: 


Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)
Banking & Finance


Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance
Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
Real Estate
Technology & Outsourcing


Banking & Finance
Banking & Finance: Public Finance 

Rhode Island

Litigation: General Commercial


Banking & Finance
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

The Firm’s “Other Noted” (“Recognized Practitioners”) lawyers and practice areas are:


Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)

Florida (West Palm Beach)

Mark-David Adams – Banking & Finance: Public Finance

Washington, D.C.

Denise Hanna – Health Care 


Health Care

Rhode Island

Real Estate 


Labor & Employment 

Chambers & Partners has been ranking lawyers across all industries since 1990. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business surveys and interviews clients and lawyers across the United States to determine which firms and lawyers are considered leaders in their field. Rankings assess key qualities in the legal field, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence and commitment.


About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of more than 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 125 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, fund formation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, private equity and venture capital, public finance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.