July 27, 2017 – Locke Lord has named Dallas Partner Cynthia Timms Chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Timms, who is well-known throughout the state for her leadership on appellate issues, is former Chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and most recently served as the Deputy Chair of Locke Lord’s Appellate Practice Group.
This appointment is the latest reflection of Locke Lord’s ongoing commitment to diversity with five offices across the Firm run by women: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Clements is one of only a handful of women leading AmLaw 100 Firms. Locke Lord has three women on its Firm-wide Executive Committee, and a woman is the Co-Chair of its Board of Directors, of which 10 members are women.
Timms has a wide range of experience in appellate matters, including oil and gas issues, state and federal class action proceedings, arbitration, intellectual property issues, punitive damages, and other civil business matters. She was the lead attorney of the team that secured a landmark ruling on the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress in Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. v. Zeltwanger and was the lead writer on the briefing that procured the successful Texas Supreme Court decision in Transportation Insurance Co. v. Moriel, which significantly affected Texas’ approach to punitive damages. More recently, she successfully protected her clients’ multimillion-dollar patent judgment in the Federal Circuit in Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson and Company.
“Cindy is an outstanding lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an unparalleled level of commitment and value to our clients and to our Firm,” said Jerry Clements, Chair of Locke Lord. “Her proven leadership and experience make her the ideal choice to lead and drive the continued growth and success of our talented appellate group.”
Timms is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served as a member of the committee that drafted and administered the Civil Appellate exam. As Chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, Timms led that group in lobbying the Federal Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules to enact more lenient restrictions on proposed word limits for federal appellate briefs. Timms serves as Treasurer for the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of information, papers, photographs and significant artifacts relating to the Supreme Court and the appellate courts of Texas. She is also a member of the Firm’s Associate Orientation and Development Committee. Timms has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® list since 2013 and was recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA.
Locke Lord’s appellate lawyers have a broad range of experience in appeals and other proceedings concerning: class actions, environmental cases, oil, gas and energy law, employment cases, administrative law (including electric and telecommunications areas), product liability cases, intellectual property matters, health care law, and lending and mortgage matters. The group has obtained substantial court-ordered reversals for clients in multimillion-dollar cases involving many diverse businesses and industries and a myriad of legal issues. Their efforts have led to judicial review of lower court decisions that not only had a positive local, regional and national impact on clients' businesses but also change the law on a wider scale. The practice group was recognized as one of the leading national appellate Firms in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms report in 2017.
Some recent and high-profile matters led by other Locke Lord appellate lawyers include:
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