Overview

Whether clients need counseling, mediation, arbitration, or aggressive litigation, the experience, skills, and resources of Locke Lord’s lawyers enable us to effectively assist our clients in resolving business conflicts.

Locke Lord lawyers represent Fortune 500, small and medium-size companies, closely-held and family-owned businesses, Internet startups and individual entrepreneurs which operate in a wide variety of industries, including finance, manufacturing, health care, insurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation and e-commerce. In addition, many of our lawyers spend a great deal of their time representing financial institutions in virtually every type of legal controversy and have won pioneering victories in class actions, usury, lender liability, as well as cases brought under federal, state, and regulatory lending laws and regulations.

Locke Lord’s team of lawyers in the United Kingdom, Asia and the United States provide integrated and high quality service to all our clients for the multi-jurisdictional management of cross-border disputes and co-coordination of advice across jurisdictions. We help in all major areas of law that directly impact business clients, including contract, employment, environmental, fraud, antitrust, tax, technology, trademark, securities, intellectual property, class action defense, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, and most other types of disputes. We defend securities fraud cases, proxy contests, and injunction cases, which often require litigation in multiple locations simultaneously. Our clients include global and national investment banks and broker/dealers, securities issuers and underwriters, corporate officers and directors, corporate accountants, and bond rating agencies. Texas Lawyer magazine named Locke Lord the 2014 Litigation Department of the Year – the top large law firm in the general litigation category. Chambers USA, Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business also ranked Locke Lord as one of the leading litigation firms.

In addition to representing U.S. companies before overseas tribunals, we have represented foreign companies before U.S. courts and agencies. We partner effectively with foreign lawyers, and provide valuable assistance not only in planning litigation and appearing in court, but also in enforcing, and resisting the enforcement of, judgments in U.S. courts. Our lawyers try cases in federal, state, and local courts across the country and represent clients before state and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Our lawyers have conducted disputes under the arbitration rules of all the major institutions (LCIA, Stockholm Chamber, ICC, AAA, ICDR, ICSID, HKIAC and SIAC), ad hoc arbitration (including UNCITRAL), regional arbitration systems and trade arbitration rules.

Our lawyers, including two former U.S. Attorneys, have the experience and judgment to guide clients through government investigations and regulatory proceedings. Working closely with our corporate partners, we help manage day-to-day relations with analysts, shareholders, and others and routinely assist with what information to disclose and when. We help with offering documents, press releases, annual and quarterly reports, analyst presentations, insider trading rules and other securities compliance issues.

Our focused defense of consumer class action and lender liability claims puts us at the forefront in litigation strategies. Partly because of the success of tort reform efforts in many states, plaintiff lawyers target financial services companies with numerous consumer class action claims. Our active class action case-load has us actively defending these claims throughout the United States.

Our class action representation includes insurance companies, banks, mortgage companies, financial information providers, credit bureaus, investment banks, securities brokers, nationwide retailers, and auto dealer associations. The claims against them have been made under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, usury laws, debt collection statutes, insurance rules, deceptive trade practices acts, discriminatory lending rules, and fair lending rules. Locke Lord lawyers also have experience defending against class action claims based on allegations of actuarial improprieties, churning, investor suitability standards violations and securities fraud, federal preemption rules, and regulatory agency claims against officers and directors.

Locke Lord trial and appellate lawyers also possess significant antitrust experience. Antitrust issues require lawyers with an extensive knowledge of business, economic analysis, and law. Our lawyers have demonstrated their skills by litigating price-fixing, dealer-termination, price discrimination, refusal to deal, and other antitrust cases. We can act as a courtroom advocate, a negotiator working with antitrust enforcement agencies, or as counsel on the antitrust implications of business plans. Businesses often find antitrust questions emerging as they make decisions on how to deal with customers, suppliers and competitors. We help design and execute antitrust compliance programs and help with the antitrust implications of price restraints, territorial and customer restrictions, licenses, supply agreements, dealer terminations, and other competitive strategies. Antitrust actions are often brought by competitors or customers seeking an advantage in the courtroom that they cannot achieve in the marketplace. Locke Lord lawyers commonly handle difficult, complex, and high-stakes antitrust disputes and government investigations. As antitrust counsel for many companies, we regularly appear before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and state antitrust enforcement agencies, as well as in federal and state courts.

Our intellectual property team has a multifaceted proficiency in establishing, managing, asserting and defending intellectual property. We handle all business aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets in industry, commerce and the courts. We are qualified to act before the UK, EU and U.S. courts and Intellectual Property Offices and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. We have represented clients in actions involving a wide variety of patent issues, both in enforcing and challenging patent claims.

With a dedicated team of professionals globally, Locke Lord has a first-rate team of bankruptcy, restructuring & insolvency lawyers, providing experience and depth in virtually every aspect of corporate insolvency matters. Apart from the UK and North America, we offer our clients access to legal services through our strong global relationships, especially across Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia and various other offshore jurisdictions. We represent a broad spectrum of clients including banks, investors, financial institutions, restructuring and turnaround specialists, insolvency practitioners, shareholders, major accounting firms, public and private companies, foreign and domestic purchasers of assets in and out of insolvency, and private individuals (officers and directors of distressed companies, assets and business units). We counsel banks, savings institutions and other financial institutions as secured and unsecured creditors and as trustees in bankruptcy liquidation and reorganization proceedings. We serve as counsel for committees of secured and unsecured creditors, which often include banks and other financial institutions. Our bankruptcy and financial services lawyers work together to represent lenders in loan workouts, debtor-in-possession financing, bankruptcy protection planning and debtor bankruptcies.

We often represent institutions serving as trustees for bonds and other debt instruments when the users or borrowers have defaulted and sought protection under bankruptcy laws. Our lawyers also represent banking and lending clients in a wide range of cases involving real estate developers, apartment owners and managers, airlines, oil and gas companies, drilling contractors, manufacturers, retailers, automobile dealerships, and others.

Integrating modern technology including artificial intelligence and cutting edge e-discovery allows our lawyers to achieve the fastest and most effective results. We collaborate with clients on the best legal strategy, never losing sight of their business objectives or budget and customizing our approach for each case. When appropriate, we integrate our information systems with our clients’ systems and employ computerized document and data retrieval systems in discovery.