December 18, 2017 – Locke Lord has promoted 10 lawyers from six offices and four Departments to Partnership level effective Jan. 1, 2018. The lawyers represent the Firm’s Finance, Banking and Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax Departments.
The new Partners include:
Lauren Fincher is a litigator with broad experience in government and administrative agency matters, regulatory compliance issues and commercial and antitrust litigation. She has represented companies in all phases of disputes, including internal and government investigations, state attorneys general civil investigative demands, responding to government subpoenas and requests for information, regulatory enforcement actions, agency audits, administrative hearings and appeals and litigation through trial in both state and federal court. Fincher serves as a Liaison to the Litigation Council of the State Bar of Texas and has leadership roles in other state and ABA committees. Fincher served as Co-Chair of the Firmwide Associates Committee.
Ashlee Knuckey focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including matters involving breach of commercial contracts, fraud, competition issues, regulatory compliance issues and all manner of insurance and health care disputes involving loss-sensitive insurance programs, insolvency and Medicare/Medicaid issues. She represents clients in state and federal courts, in arbitration and before state and federal regulatory agencies. She also provides food and beverage regulatory counseling, including issues related to the FDA and USDA. Knuckey served as Co-Chair of both the Firmwide and Chicago Associates Committees and is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago.
Brian Raynor focuses his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring matters, transaction advisement and litigation. He has represented debtors, lenders and unsecured creditors in a variety of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, including reorganizations, adversary proceedings and numerous contested matters. He has also counseled numerous clients on distress risks associated with contemplated investments, litigation strategies and settlements. Raynor was named a Rising Star in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.
Matthew Hansen focuses his practices on complex commercial litigation, including class action defense, energy, antitrust, financial services, consumer protection and consumer finance litigation. His experience includes regularly defending claims arising under various consumer protection statutes. Hansen also has particular experience defending lawsuits arising under the home equity provisions of the Texas Constitution.
Alicia Castro concentrates her practice in business litigation, securities litigation, internal and government investigations and arbitration. She has a wide range of litigation experience, including in the energy, chemical, electric, banking and financial services industries in actions involving securities violations, fiduciary issues, fraud, negligence, fraudulent transfer, breach of contract and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Fluent in Spanish, Castro served as the lead Associate on numerous internal investigations concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Nicholas Dickerson focuses his practice on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is experienced in all phases of litigation, with emphasis on contract disputes, tort liability and statutory compliance matters in the energy, construction, insurance, consumer and environmental industries. He also regularly represents clients in government prosecutions and internal investigations, including on matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and international trade regulations. Previously, Dickerson worked as a graduate fellow at Texas Defender Service, conducting innocence investigations and criminal justice policy analysis.
Laura L. Ferguson assists clients with a wide variety of employee benefits, executive compensation, privacy and cyber security matters. She regularly works on employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising from the ongoing operation of benefit plans and transactions. Ferguson also counsels clients with respect to HIPAA and other privacy and cyber security laws, is a member of the Firm’s Incident Response Team and has extensive experience with reviewing and negotiating employee benefits related contracts, with a particular focus on privacy and security issues.
Ryan Morgan represents clients in a variety of real estate and financing transactions. He has a wide range of experience in the acquisition, development, leasing, management, disposition and financing of real property, including industrial properties, apartment communities, shopping centers, office buildings and mixed-use projects. Morgan also regularly represents administrative agents, lenders and borrowers in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured financings, including working capital and construction loans, acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts and other commercial loan transactions. He has significant experience representing landlords and tenants in a broad spectrum of leasing arrangements, as well as build-to-suit transactions and leases with governmental authorities.
In New York:
Joseph Farco represents clients in intellectual property litigation, with a primary focus on patent litigation. He has handled cases in numerous U.S. federal district courts, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in reexaminations and Inter Partes Review proceedings. He has been involved in all aspects of the patent trial and counsels clients in protecting their intellectual property. For the past six years, he was named one of New York’s Rising Stars for Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers magazine.
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 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.