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

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    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: Scott J. Arrington (Projects), Nick J. DiGiovanni (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance), David Patton (Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional) and Thomas J. Smedinghoff (Privacy & Data Security). 

    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), Cynthia Timms (Litigation: Appellate) and Mitch Tiras (Tax).

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

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


    Scott J. Arrington – Projects
    Nick J. DiGiovanni – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance
    David Patton – Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional
    Thomas J. Smedinghoff – Privacy & Data Security


    Los Angeles

    Jonathan Bank – Insurance: Reinsurance (Band 1)

    San Francisco

    Elizabeth A. Tosaris – Insurance: Insurer

    Illinois (Chicago)

    Michael P. Bennett – Technology & Outsourcing
    Jon Biasetti – Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
    Nick J. DiGiovanni – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance (Band 1)
    Thomas J. Smedinghoff – Technology & Outsourcing (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
    Jennifer L. Rangel – Health Care
    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
    Mitch Tiras – Tax 

    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.


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