News Release

Locke Lord Announces New Vice Chair, Members of Board of Directors, Office Managing Partner in Chicago

February 7, 2024

February 7, 2024 – Locke Lord has elected Alan Levin (New York/Hartford) as a Vice Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee, replacing Jennifer Kenedy (Chicago) after she recently became the Firm’s General Counsel. Kenedy will remain on the Executive Committee. In addition, Megan Foscaldi (Boston) and Ziwen Zhu (Atlanta) have joined the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Locke Lord also announced Andrea Verney Kerstein as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Chicago office. Kerstein, who serves as a member of Locke Lord’s Board of Directors and as Chair of the Firm’s Health and Managed Care Litigation Practice Group, has significant experience representing insurers and reinsurers in insurance and health care disputes and arbitrations, primarily in the life insurance and health insurance lines. Joining Kerstein on the leadership team of the Chicago office is Rusty Perdew, who will serve as Deputy Managing Partner.

In addition, Brandan Montminy has joined Dallas Office Managing Partner Elizabeth Mack on the leadership team of the Dallas office serving as Deputy Managing Partner.

Remaining on Locke Lord’s Executive Committee with Kenedy and Levin are: Firm Chair David Taylor (Houston); Vice Chair Bill Swanstrom (Houston); Vice Chair Thomas Yoxall (Dallas); David Grant (London); Nina Huerta (Los Angeles); Paul Mahoney (Providence); Richard Manley (Boston); Kip Mendrygal (Dallas); Paul Nason (Dallas); Allison O’Neil (Boston); Joe Perillo (Houston); Tai Tran (Austin); and Steve Whitmer (Chicago).

Locke Lord’s Board of Directors helps direct the Firm’s vision and strategy and collaborates on other Firm-wide initiatives. The Board reports to Taylor and the Executive Committee. Remaining on the Board of Directors with Foscaldi and Zhu are: Co-Chairs Victoria de Lisle (New Orleans) and Perdew; John Arnold (Houston); Kyle Davis (Dallas); John Emmanuel (New York); Sean Fifield (Los Angeles); Lauren Fincher (Austin); Bill Foley (New York); Dave Foster (Austin); Doug Gray (Providence); Denise Hanna (Washington, D.C.); Greg Heath (Houston); Ben Henry (Chicago); Andrew Hughes (Providence); Kerstein; Tom Knight (Washington, D.C.); Mack; Jenn Mendonça (Boston); Hanna Norvell (Houston); Ben Sykes (Chicago); Adrienne Walker (Boston); and Scott Wofsy (Stamford).

New members of Locke Lord’s Board of Directors:

  • Foscaldi advises public and private companies and private equity funds on corporate and securities law matters, including public and private securities offerings and complex strategic transactions. ‎She also advises clients in a range of industries on matters of corporate governance and compliance with SEC reporting obligations.
  • Zhu focuses her practice on general corporate representation, international business transactions and intellectual property. She represents U.S. and foreign companies in establishing business operations across borders, selling and acquiring business interests and protecting companies’ intellectual property rights.


About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 135 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.