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    Locke Lord Elects 7 New Partners Across 5 Offices; 30 Percent ‎of Those Promoted Are Diverse

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    December 5, 2018 – Locke Lord has promoted seven lawyers across five of the Firm’s offices ‎‎(Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Houston and New York) to Partnership level, effective Jan. 1, ‎‎2019. Two of the new Partners are diverse, highlighting Locke Lord’s continued commitment to ‎its core values of diversity and equality. 

    The lawyers represent the Firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Consumer ‎Finance, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Real Estate and Real Estate Finance and ‎Regulatory and Transactional Insurance Practice Groups. ‎

    The new Partners are:‎

    In Chicago:

    David Standa concentrates his practice in business and consumer finance litigation, with ‎additional experience in corporate, securities and regulatory assistance, food and beverage ‎compliance and litigation, and health care litigation. He has represented clients in health ‎insurance reimbursement disputes as well as insurers and hospital systems in cases involving ‎complex issues surrounding the business of insurance, insurance regulatory matters, ‎Medicare/Medicaid disputes and False Claims Act litigation. He is also a member of the Firm’s ‎Food & Beverage Industry Group and has defended several spirits-industry clients in class ‎actions alleging deceptive labeling and marketing practices.‎

    Michael Wilson represents private equity funds, startups, banks, insurance companies and ‎other public and private businesses in a variety of transactions, including mergers and ‎acquisitions, debt finance, venture capital, joint ventures and complex corporate restructurings. ‎He has significant private equity experience, including with small business investment ‎companies (SBICs), representing funds and limited partners in portfolio investments, limited ‎partner investments, fund formation and SBIC licensing. Wilson also has substantial experience ‎representing technology companies, ranging from consumer-facing services to business-‎oriented platforms. He also regularly handles transactions in the energy, health care, food and ‎beverage and insurtech industries.‎

    In Dallas: ‎

    Kyle Davis provides counsel to clients in a variety of commercial real estate and finance ‎transactions. She represents financial services companies and other institutional lenders in ‎commercial construction and permanent loans secured by senior health care facilities, ‎multifamily projects, office buildings, retail shopping centers and condominium projects. Davis ‎also has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, ‎health care, transportation and hospitality transactions, as well as representing developers in ‎connection with the construction and development of multifamily, retail, industrial and mixed-‎used projects.‎

    Matt Davis handles complex business-related and financial services litigation, including litigation ‎involving mortgage lending practices, state and federal fair debt collection practices, mortgage ‎banking and servicing, consumer protection, credit reporting practices, contract claims and ‎fraud. He also has experience with a variety of class action litigation, including class actions ‎under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, False Claims ‎Act, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and RICO. He has represented clients in federal district ‎court, bankruptcy court, state courts, arbitration and multi-district litigation matters.‎

    In Hartford: ‎

    Tara Trifon represents corporate and financial services clients in a wide variety of complex ‎disputes at all levels of the state and federal court systems throughout the Northeast. She has ‎significant experience handling business and consumer finance litigation, particularly relating to ‎claims of contract breaches, fraud, negligence or violations of unfair trade practices. Trifon also ‎regularly advises clients relating to insurance disputes, class actions, merger and acquisition ‎issues and regulatory matters. She has been selected as a Rising Star in the areas of Business ‎Litigation and Administrative Law since 2013 by Super Lawyers Magazine.‎

    In Houston:‎

    Kurt Krolikowski is a litigator who represents clients in a broad range of commercial disputes, ‎including consumer finance, energy and construction-related disputes. He has experience ‎prosecuting and defending a broad range of claims in both state and federal court, including ‎breach of contract, fraud, negligence, civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and various ‎others. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has represented clients ‎before the American Arbitration Association and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. ‎

    In New York:‎

    Zachary Lerner maintains a general corporate practice with an emphasis on insurance and ‎reinsurance regulatory and transactional matters. He represents domestic and international ‎insurance companies, insurance agents and brokers, reinsurance intermediaries, adjusters and ‎third party administrators, captives, special purpose vehicles and other related entities in ‎connection with their needs, including, but not limited to, formation, licensing, regulatory ‎compliance, advertising, surplus lines and filing matters. Lerner also works with both insurance ‎and non-insurance entities on an array of transactional matters, including mergers and ‎acquisitions, corporate filings, annual reports and affiliate transactions.‎

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    About Locke Lord LLP
    Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 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.‎

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