Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP

5 Star Rating     1 review

http://www.lockelord.com 
Main Office:
2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2800 | Dallas | TX | 75201
Phone: 214-740-8000  | Fax: 214-740-8800 
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Number of offices 11 Partner:associate ratio 0.00
Biggest office Dallas Percentage of women attorneys 0.00
Number of attorneys 585 Percentage of minority attorneys 0.00
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Locke Lord LLP
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Overview

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm that ranks among The American Lawyer’s top U.S. law firms. Our team has earned a solid reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work. We serve our clients' interests first, and these clients range from Fortune 500 and middle market public and private companies to start-ups and emerging businesses. Through its wide-ranging international footprint, Locke Lord has received numerous industry recognitions as a global leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord's team builds collaborative relationships and crafts creative solutions to solve problems - all designed and executed with long-term strategic goals in mind. Among Locke Lord's many strong practice areas are appellate, aviation, bankruptcy/restructuring/insolvency, business litigation and dispute resolution, class action litigation, consumer finance, corporate and finance transactions, employee benefits, energy, environmental, financial services, fund formation, health care and life sciences, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and cyber security, private equity, public finance, public law, real estate, regulatory, REIT, tax, technology, telecommunications, venture capital, and white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. In the United States, Locke Lord has an extremely well-recognized presence in Texas, the Northeast, the Midwest, the Southeast and the West Coast in addition to strong offices in Asia, CEEMENA and London. The Firm provides national and international clients service across a full range of practices and industries from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, New Orleans, New York, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach. We embrace multiple points of view and support Local Diversity Committees as well as an overall Firm National Diversity Committee. Women hold positions of power in Firm management. There are three women on the Firm's Executive Committee, including Firm Chair Jerry Clements. The Firm's Board of Directors has six female members, one of whom serves as Co-Chair. Our groups and committees help promote a Firm-wide philosophy of inclusion and action, helping raise scholarship money for minority and economically disadvantaged students, hosting holiday parties for lower income children, donating to local food banks and charitable organizations that aid individuals and families in need, and supporting longtime Firm programs like Flexible Work Arrangements, Domestic Partner Benefits and the Women's Initiative. Corporate responsibility is an important part of Locke Lord's mission as we reach out to the communities we serve in meaningful partnerships and pro bono work.


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Locke Lord LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on August 26, 2016

I think that a little more honesty and clarity up front about compensation would go a long way with associates and employees. People may be comfortable receiving no bonus or a low bonus, but they want to know exactly what compensation they will get for what work. If someone believes they are going to get a market bonus and they kill themselves to bill 2000 hours and receive only $5k when their friends at other firms who worked slightly less receive double that amount, it can create resentment. Of course it would be great to get higher bonuses but I think honesty on the front end is even more important because setting appropriate expectations is everything. If people are aware that the bonus scale is not market, there isn't that sense that they have been wronged or misled when the $5k bonus comes around, just gratitude that they are getting a bonus at all.


Pros : The people that I work with in the Boston office of Locke Lord are some of the best around - they are smart, thoughtful, and know how to connect with their coworkers and make work an okay place to be. The growth potential for the Boston office is huge right now, there is a lot of room to build a unique practice that suits your needs and there is a lot of support from management to make that happen. Also, the salary for associates is market and Locke Lord was among the first to make the jump to 180k starting salary for first year associates.
Cons : If you are looking to show up somewhere and bill 3000 hours a year without having to lift a finger to find work and build your practice, I think Locke Lord in general could be a good firm for you but the Boston office itself - as it is still in a period of post-merger transition - is not. You need to be willing to be proactive and engage with people and think critically about what you want to work on and how you can contribute. One issue the firm at large has is that it is very opaque about associate compensation. The compensation system is based on tiers that each associate is placed in seemingly subjectively based on their hours and a variety of other factors. Also, the firm bills itself as giving market bonuses but it does not. You are eligible for a low market bonus (like $5k) if you bill at least 2000 hours, although the average time billed per associate across the firm is something like 1850, which means many people get no bonus at all.
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Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Current Employee
Job type : Full time
Length of Employment : 3-4 years

Notable cases

  • With a heritage of more than 100 years behind them Edwards Wildman has notched up some remarkable triumphs. Some of the more notable cases are as under: - Edwards Wildman obtained dismissal of a Sherman Act Section 1 and related state Unfair Trade Practices Act claims in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. - Edwards Wildman served as lead counsel defending six insurance companies in the In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, a nationwide lawsuit alleging industry-wide hub and spoke conspiracy theories asserting Antitrust and RICO violations, as well as various state antitrust statutes and state common law. - Edwards Wildman advised United Technologies Corporation on Securitas Transaction on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of its manned guarding business to Securitas. This transaction was notified to the Office of Fair Trading, which cleared it following a first phase review. - Edwards Wildman helped convince the FTC not to pursue an antitrust action against their client, Genzyme, concerning Genzyme's $150 million acquisition of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals in the first innovation market case to be considered by the Federal Trade Commission. - Edwards Wildman successfully defended The MathWorks in a challenge by the Department of Justice to its client's acquisition of several patents and a complimentary product line. Ultimately, the Department of Justice agreed to permit the company to retain the patents, which were important to its product development, while allowing it to resell the acquired product line. - Edwards Wildman acted as legal adviser to Thomson Reuters in Connecticut's first captive insurer. The firm's role in the establishment of the first captive insurance company in Connecticut sparked widespread media coverage.] Edwards Wildman also advised Stanley Black & Decker when it moved its captive insurer to Connecticut from Vermont, becoming Connecticut's second licensed captive. - Al Sokol, a partner at Edwards Wildman, advised two start-up biotech companies on an innovative approach to structuring, converting them from C corporations to limited liability companies.

Awards and recognitions

Edwards Wildman LLP is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. These are some of its more recent awards - Edwards Wildman received a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. - Edwards Wildman was listed by US News/Best Lawyers in 19 national rankings and 62 practice area rankings, including a Tier 1 ranking in the category of "Litigation - Intellectual Property - Edwards Wildman and its attorneys were recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers UK and Chambers Asia-Pacific for excellence in 42 categories. - Edwards Wildman was recognized by Legal 500 (UK) for having leading practices in Life Sciences, M&A transactions, equity buy-outs, private equity formation and venture capital. - Edwards Wildman was named by Reactions, a leading insurance publication as the 2012 Best Global Law Firm of the Year. - Edwards Wildman was ranked among the Top 25 firms in the world by the World Trademark Review in its World Trademark Review 1000 listing. - Edwards Wildman was named to BTI's Client Service A-Team for 2012

Diversity

The firm is committed to an inclusive culture, offering all its workers a fair opportunity for advancement. The firm has as its goal, the will and the desire to increase the diversity of its workforce by actively hiring, developing, retaining and promoting the best attorneys and staff from a wide range of diverse background. The firm believes that until its workforce is as diverse and varied as the clients they serve, they will not be able to fully justify and substantiate the work that they do. Edwards Wildman understands that a diverse workforce brings a wide range of perspectives and opinions and it contributes directly to the strength and worth of the firm. Furthermore, the firm has developed diversity training workshops that are designed to help each and everyone at the firm to broaden their understanding and comprehend how a diverse workplace can be beneficial to the firm within the firm and its valued clients as well. Edwards Wildman's firm-wide Teamwork & Diversity Committee provides leadership for its long-term efforts to enhance diversity within the firm. The Committee is charged with establishing policies that promote and support diversity and teamwork, and devising strategies and tactics to implement those policies. The firm is proud of its commitment to diversity, which it believes has made the firm stronger and more vibrant, while contributing to the highest quality of legal services. Edwards Wildman is a committed equal opportunity employer and believes in developing its strength as a Firm through diversity. The firm's diversity efforts have received recognition from many avenues, with its Chief Diversity Officer, Paulette Brown, receiving the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award conferred each year to just five lawyers in the United States.

Summer associate program

The firm's summer associate program is eight-week program. The firm provides its summer associates with a wide array of challenging and interesting assignments that reflect the real work of the firm. Students receive hands on training that include drafting transactional documents, facilitating closings, and helping in preparing motions and briefs. Students are treated as integral members of the firm and encouraged to handle complex business deals and hotly contested cases. Students also attend client meetings and assist in deposition trials. Students are also encouraged to participate in pro bono matters. The firm believes that such exposure helps the students to gain a realistic sense of what their work life would be as a junior associate and to assess and evaluate the practice areas and identify and locate their areas of interest. While summer associates and the firm's attorneys work together in the office, they also have the chance to interact with one another in a more casual and friendly atmosphere during the many social events held outside the workplace. Summer associates are paired with an associate mentor and a hiring committee advisor to guide them through the summer. Work is given through an assignment coordinator, and typically they are expected to complete at least 11 to 15 assignments over the course of the summer. The firm says that its summer program has two overriding goals: to train young attorneys to become the best practitioners possible and to make life in the workplace fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Working for the Locke Lord LLP

The firm values its workers and says that they are the firm's biggest assets. The firm attracts and recruits some of the world's brightest talents and offers them a welcoming environment that facilitates their growth and advancement. Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is highly committed to the professional development of its attorneys. Edwards Wildman offers an outstanding and highly competitive flexible benefits package to eligible employees. The firm's aim is to provide its employees with comprehensive and innovative benefit choices that enhance the quality of life for them and for their families.

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