August, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – In an evolution of its management structure, Locke Liddell & Sapp has nominated Bryan Goolsby, currently the firm’s Managing Partner, to become the firm’s Chairman effective at the end of the year, with Jerry Clements nominated to become Managing Partner. Goolsby has served as Managing Partner of the Firm since 2001. Clements has served on the Firm’s Management Committee since 1998 and as Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Section since 2001.
Carl Leonard, a leading law firm consultant with Hildebrandt and former Chairman of Morrison & Foerster, LLP, stated, “Retaining and calling upon the experience of a partner such as Bryan Goolsby who has led the firm for a number of years is important during management transition and reflects a corporate model that is proven and sound.”
Under Goolsby’s business-model, leadership style and strategic approach, Locke Liddell & Sapp became keenly focused on aligning its strategies with those of its clients’ and ensuring clients receive top-quality work; widened its horizons to successfully recruit top law students from top law schools around the country; targeted and then hired lateral partners who were exemplary in their practice areas to bring additional depth to the Firm; improved the financial strength of the Firm; grew the Firm’s technological operations to ensure a virtual 24-7 operation; and opened a Washington, D.C. office comprised of a core group of prominent practitioners. He also has continued to practice law full time and manage the Firm’s REIT practice, which is consistently ranked among the top REIT practices in the United States.
“As part of the Firm’s succession plan, I have been working with Jerry to easily transition into my current role and am confident she will do an outstanding job as she has in everything else she does,” Goolsby said. “I have been fortunate to have worked closely with great leaders and lawyers in the Firm, to have served in this role for what will be almost six years, and to have been able to effect positive changes and growth. I am excited about all that lies ahead for Locke Liddell & Sapp.”
“I greatly respect what Bryan has done in his career and for this Firm,” Clements said. “I want to continue on the successful course Bryan has charted and keep us heading in a positive
direction. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to guide the Firm and work closely with so many outstanding attorneys and prestigious clients.”
Clements’ trial practice focuses on commercial litigation and defense of class actions. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation and one of the Top 50 Female Litigators in the State by Texas
Monthly magazine, and was deemed one of the Top 10 Litigators in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. She also has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America.”. Clements is a graduate of Texas Christian University and of Baylor University School of Law.
Established in 1891, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP is recognized as one of the leading law firms in Texas and throughout the nation. A full service law firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., Locke Liddell & Sapp has approximately 400 lawyers who represent a broad range of businesses and individual clients having extensive domestic and foreign business interests.