Libby Locke

Partner

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Libby 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.

Libby 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 Libby’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 TimesVanity Fair and The Dr. Oz Show.

As a former partner at one of the nation’s premier law firms, Libby also has extensive experience handling complex business disputes in state and federal courts around the country.  Libby 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.  As a former law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and mentee of senior appellate litigation partners at Kirkland, Libby has extensive experience handling appeals and amicus briefs in the federal Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and the Virginia Supreme Court.  Libby is ranked in the category of global defamation/reputation management providers in the inaugural Chambers HNW 2016 directory for the private wealth market. In 2014, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in appellate litigation.

Libby’s recent litigation representations include the successful prosecution of a high-stakes contract action in the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”).  Joining the team less than two months before trial, Libby played a critical role in securing summary judgment establishing the breach of a complex development contract and, after a six-day bench trial, obtaining a mandatory specific performance order requiring the defendant, a national homebuilder, to complete construction of critical development infrastructure within a specified timeframe.  Following the judgment, Libby lead the briefing team resulting in an order requiring the defendant to pay her client’s legal fees and costs for the litigation, an award in excess of $4 million.

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, Legal Research and Writing
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, Introduction to Advocacy
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center, Law In A New Media World
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center, Trial Practice
  • Guest Lecturer, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Trial Practice
  • Lecturer, CLE Program, Managing a Hostile Press
  • Panelist, Georgetown University Law Center, Actual Malice and the Private Plaintiff
  • Featured Speaker, IFRA North America’s 2012 Fall Meeting

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2005

  • Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Executive Editor
  • Barristers’ Counsel, Moot Court team

New York University, B.A. cum laude
Politics and Economics, 2001

  • Albert S. Borgman Memorial Prize for best senior honors thesis in social sciences
  • Rita Cooley Scholar for outstanding academic scholarship in political science
  • Founders Day Award for overall outstanding academic excellence

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2011-2014

Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2006-2011

Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2005-2006