Locke Lord LLP

Litigation Department

Texas
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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 A client comments: "I was impressed with the team’s experience with federal litigation and with its knowledge of the judges and Bar in Dallas."

Another source says: "Locke's greatest strength is its collection and cultivation of excellent individual lawyers who work as a team to provide top-notch client service."

One interviewee states: "It is a great team of lawyers that share professionalism, intelligence, knowledge and sensitivity for clients. They complement each other and are extremely well coordinated."

Work highlights Represented Badger Midstream Energy in a natural gas gathering and processing dispute, involving allegations that Scout Energy had surreptitiously taken about $20 million worth of product from the pipeline stream.

Represented Dr. Douglas Won in criminal proceedings involving an alleged healthcare fraud scheme. Forest Park Medical Center is accused of providing kickbacks and bribes to doctors.

Notable practitioners

Cynthia Timms chairs the firm's appellate practice and has a strong track record of handling appeals in Texas and federal courts across the country. "She knows her craft very well," reports one source, while another interviewee comments that she is "very experienced and absolutely knows what she's doing."

Kelly Vickers is cultivating a superb white-collar practice, regularly assisting companies and individuals with high-stakes trials and investigations. She is also adept at providing compliance advice on a wide range of issues.

Michael Powell is renowned for his handling of oil and gas disputes, with one source reporting: "He has professorial understanding of energy law and can convey that knowledge to a jury very well." His wider commercial litigation experience includes product liability, insurance and contractual cases.

Paul Coggins provides expert counsel in a wide range of white-collar matters, including antitrust and False Claims Act matters. One client comments: "He's a highly sophisticated litigation lawyer. His experience is apparent and obvious when it comes to strategy and vision, and he is extremely acquainted with the legal elements of the case."

Tim Johnson is regarded as a "terrific lawyer" by peers. A former US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, he frequently assists clients with sensitive government investigations. His recent work includes investigations concerning environment, FCPA and healthcare.