Locke Lord LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Substantial experience in representing a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses in commercial litigation matters. Especially robust experience with cases arising in the energy and construction sectors. Additional strengths in government investigations and white-collar litigation.

Strengths Sources say: "It is a great team with unmatched depth."

One client notes: "The team is excellent. I have been impressed with their ability to handle complex matters and deliver quality work."

Another source reports: "The team is really professional and outstanding on the human issues. They invest time and effort into a case."

Work highlights Defended Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in a lawsuit brought by Energy Intelligence Group alleging copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Represented Juan Jose Garcia Mendoza and his international petroleum consulting companies in a suit involving alleged violations of RICO, FCPA and antitrust law.

Represented Retractable Technologies in a case of first impression in the Fifth Circuit, which considered the application of certain factors in the context of false advertising to determine whether disgorgement is an appropriate remedy for Lanham Act claims.

Notable practitioners

Chris Dove
has cultivated a reputation as "an extremely smart and great appellate lawyer." He represents commercial clients in a broad array of appellate matters. Sources remark: "He is an excellent oral advocate as he understands how the audience thinks and commands the attention of the court."

Cynthia Timms
is "a trailblazer in appellate work," according to market sources. She handles high-stakes appeals in state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court. One source says: "She is an innovative and creative thinker, with really good analysis skills and oral advocacy. She is the whole package."

Kiprian Mendrygal
assists clients with high-profile civil and criminal investigations involving fraud and FCPA violations. A client comments: "He makes tactical decisions and has great insights into the whole engagement. He thinks out of the box and anticipates potential problems."

Michael Powell
is a seasoned commercial litigator who is respected particularly for his vast experience with oil and gas litigation. One source describes him as "a whiz at royalty litigation," while another highlights his "professional knowledge of oil and gas." Interviewees further comment: "He is just stellar when it comes to his courtroom practice."

Paul Coggins
has a superb track record acting on behalf of individual and corporate clients in the full range of white-collar cases. Interviewees regard him as "a very sophisticated litigation lawyer"  and "strategically very smart."

Scott Hastings
's impressive appellate experience includes appearing before the US Supreme Court in addition to frequent appearances before the Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court. One source regards him as "a wonderful advocate who speaks clearly, authoritatively and persuasively to the court."

Tim Johnson
is frequently sought out to conduct internal investigations as well as representing individuals and businesses in criminal proceedings. His experience includes environmental, healthcare and FCPA matters. Clients appreciate that he is "very efficient and knowledgeable."