Clements, Jerry K.

Jerry K. Clements




Named One of the Top 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers by the National Law Journal and one of 30 Extraordinary Women in Texas Law by Texas Lawyer, Jerry Clements is Chair Emeritus of Locke Lord LLP after serving as Chair of the Firm from 2006-2017. She has been recognized as a Baylor Lawyer of the Year and been named one of the "Top Ten Litigators" in Dallas. During her more than 35 years of litigation experience, Jerry has worked collaboratively with high-level executives representing their Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries and built an impressive record of resolutions in complex disputes in the area of commercial litigation.

Under Jerry’s leadership, Locke Lord rose in the American Lawyer rankings from No. 110 to No. 60 and its annual revenue increased from $222 million to $449 million. She strengthened the Firm’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, and received numerous recognitions for its efforts. During her tenure as Chair, Locke Lord tripled the number of women and diverse lawyers in Firm management and nearly doubled the number of women and diverse lawyers in practice group leadership.

She also has extensive experience in corporate governance, having structured two significant law firm mergers during her tenure as Chair and has served as a Regent on the Baylor University Board of Regents since 2011. At Baylor, she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Regents. She also has served on committees dealing with audit and compliance, development, and governance, compensation and nominating.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of an oil and gas exploration company in a commercial dispute involving the breach of a joint venture agreement for the development of oil and gas prospects in Texas.
  • Representation of a large dental and medical supply company in connection with the defense of a purported nationwide class action involving the sale of dental office management software.
  • Representation of a large manufacturing company in connection with a failed implementation of ERP software.
  • Representation of a large software manufacturer in connection with a purported nationwide class action involving over 11,000,000 class members who claimed that the software was defective and could result in data loss. This class was eventually decertified, and the claims brought by the plaintiffs were non-suited.
  • Representation of a large international oil and gas exploration and development company in connection with various class actions in Texas and Oklahoma involving claims for alleged underpayment of gas royalties.
  • Representation of a large insurance company in connection with defending environmental coverage claims relating to over 25 lead contamination sites throughout the United States.

Professional History

  • Chair Emeritus, Locke Lord LLP
  • Chair, Locke Lord (2006-2017)
  • Partner, Locke Lord
  • Former Managing Partner, Locke Liddell & Sapp
  • Former Chair, Locke Liddell & Sapp Litigation Section

Reported Decisions

  • Henry Schein, Inc. v. Stromboe, 102 S.W.3d 675, 46 Tex.Sup. CT. J. 103 (Tex., Oct 31, 2002) (NO. 00-1162)
  • Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Bowden, 2003 WL 1988581(Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.), May 01, 2003) (NO. 14-02-00634-CV)
  • In re J.D. Edwards World Solutions Co., 87 S.W.3d 546, 46 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 18 (Tex., Oct 10, 2002) (NO. 01-0630)
  • In re City of San Benito, 63 S.W.3d 19 (Tex.App.-Corpus Christi, Aug 31, 2001) (NO. 13-01-172-CV, 13-01-199-CV)
  • GeoChem Tech Corp. v. Verseckes, 962 S.W.2d 541, 41Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 441 (Tex., Feb 13, 1998) (NO. 96-1121)
  • U.S. Government v. Marks, 949 S.W.2d 320, 40 Tex. Sup.Ct. J. 868 (Tex., Jul 09, 1997) (NO.95-1257)
  • SnyderGeneral Corp. v. Century Indem. Co., 113 F.3d 536, 45 ERC 1222, 27 Envtl. L. Rep. 21,326 (5th Cir.(Tex), May 19, 1997) (NO. 95-11177)
  • Feldman v. Marks, 960 S.W.2d 613, 40 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 191(Tex., Dec 13, 1996) (NO. 95-1257)
  • SnyderGeneral Corp. v. Century Indem. Co., 907 F.Supp. 991 (N.D.Tex., Nov 21, 1995) (NO. CIV.A.93-CV-0832-D)
  • Thermex Energy Corp. v. Rantec Corp., 766 S.W.2d 402 (Tex.App.-Dallas, Mar 07, 1989) (NO. 05-88-01339-CV)
  • Railroad Com'n of Texas v. Ennis Transp. Co., Inc., 695 S.W.2d 706 (Tex.App.-Austin, Jul 03, 1985)
  • Stokes v. Procunier, 744 F.2d 475 (5th Cir.(Tex.), Oct 22,1984) (NO. 83-2481)
  • Elliot v. Group Medical & Surgical Service, 714 F.2d 556, 32 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 1451, 32 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 33,813 (5th Cir.(Tex.), Sep 16, 1983) (NO. 81-2356, 82-2235)

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Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

2011 to present: Served as a Regent on the Baylor University Board of Regents

Served on the following committees:

  • Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee (7 years)
    • Vice-Chair of this Committee for 2 years
  • Audit and Compliance Committee (4 years)
  • University Development Committee (3 years)

2019-present: Chair of Baylor University Board of Regents

2017-2018: Vice Chair of Baylor University Board of Regents (for Compliance and Regulatory Oversight)

2016-2017:  Appointed as one of 6 members of a Select Governance Review Task Force created by the Baylor Board of Regents to review Baylor’s Board of Regents governance structure and make recommendations for improved governance structure, processes and procedures. One of 3 Regent members of this Task Force who served along with 3 non-Regent members, all of whom are considered experts on corporate governance. The Report and Recommendations of this Task Force were adopted in their entirety by the Board and the University.

2017-2018: Appointed to served on the Regent Selection Task Force created by the Baylor Board of Regents to develop new processes and procedures to identify and attract top candidates to become Regents who exhibit skills in business, finance, higher education and Board experience along with special knowledge and expertise. In addition, the charge of this Task Force included improving the racial, ethnic and gender composition of the Board of Regents to ensure diversity and inclusiveness.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Business Counsel, Inc. Board of Governors
  • Board Member and Former President, Baylor Law Alumni
  • Board Member, National Women's Council
  • Board Member, Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners (Appointed by Governor Bush in 1997) (1997 - 2000)
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Named, 50 Influential Baylor Women You Should Know (2018)
  • Recipient, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Lawyer
  • Named, 2015 Baylor Lawyer of the Year by the Baylor Law Alumni Association
  • Named, Texas Most Powerful Women, Texas Diversity Council
  • Named, Top 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal
  • Named, 30 Extraordinary Women in Texas Law, Texas Lawyer
  • Named, Top 10 Litigators, Dallas Business Journal
  • Named, Texas "Super Lawyer", Business Litigation
  • Named, Top 50 Female Trial Lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Named, Lawdragon's "100 Managing Partners You Need to Know"
  • Named, Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2010)
  • Named, Chambers USA Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Community Leadership

  • Recipient, Southwest Jewish Congress Flame of Honor Award
  • Member, Women's Giving Network of the United Way Capital Area
  • Member, Alexis De Tocqueville Society of Austin