Libby Locke

Libby Locke

Partner, Clare Locke LLP

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. In the courtroom, Libby was lead trial counsel for Nicole Eramo in a defamation action against Rolling Stone magazine, securing a $3 million jury verdict for the false and defamatory article about an alleged gang-rape at the University of Virginia. She is also actively litigating matters against CNN, Bloomberg, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper. Outside the courtroom, 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, 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 and 2016, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Libby and her work are regularly featured in the news, including most recently on ABC's 20/20, CNN, and in The Washington Post.