Founding Partner, Clare Locke LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., New York University; J.D., Georgetown
Libby Locke, a founding partner of Clare Locke LLP, is a highly accomplished defamation lawyer and commercial litigator who devotes her practice to representing clients...Continue Reading
Libby Locke, a founding partner of Clare Locke LLP, is a highly accomplished defamation lawyer and commercial litigator who devotes her practice to representing clients facing high-profile reputational attacks and litigating complex business disputes.
Professor Locke has extensive experience representing clients in defamation matters adverse to national print, broadcast, and online media outlets — and she routinely advises clients who are dealing with the media in crisis situations. She has litigated high-profile libel and slander cases and — both in and outside of the litigation process — has obtained prominent corrections, retractions, and apologies for her clients. Some of Professor Locke’s biggest defamation “wins” are stories the public will never hear about; she has killed flawed articles and broadcast segments in outlets including The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Dr. Oz Show.
As a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Professor Locke also has extensive experience handling complex litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Professor Locke devoted approximately half of her practice to appellate litigation and she has extensive experience handling appeals and amicus briefs in the federal Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and the Virginia Supreme Court. In 2014, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in appellate litigation. In addition, Professor Locke has litigated class actions, mass actions, data breaches, defamation cases, agent compensation issues, hurricane and catastrophe coverage issues, associational standing cases, efforts by the media to intervene and unseal confidential documents and information, internal leak investigations, securities matters, RICO, and construction matters.
Professor Locke is a 2005 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and a former law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.