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Inside Dominion v. Fox: An Interview With Tom Clare And Libby Locke

Inside Dominion v. Fox: An Interview With Tom Clare And Libby Locke

Two top libel lawyers—and a married couple, too—they left Kirkland & Ellis to launch their own defamation boutique.
Tom Clare and Libby Locke (courtesy photo).

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If you’ve been defamed, and it don’t look good, who you gonna call?

Clare Locke (if you can afford them). Founded in 2014 by Tom Clare and Libby Locke, who left the partnership of Kirkland & Ellis to build a plaintiff-side defamation practice free from the constraints of Biglaw, Clare Locke has become the go-to firm for major corporations and high-net-worth individuals who have suffered reputational attacks.

I’ve known Tom and Libby for years, and I’ve been meaning to invite them on the podcast for a long time. After they secured what’s believed to be the largest defamation settlement in history—$787.5 million for their client, Dominion Voting Systems, in the landmark litigation of Dominion v. Fox—I couldn’t wait any longer.

So this is actually a bonus episode. I usually post episodes every other Wednesday, I posted an episode last week, and my next episode—which also has an amazing guest—will go live next Wednesday, May 3. But in light of last week’s Dominion settlement, I didn’t want to delay, so I’m slipping in this episode now.

It’s also a double episode, which is why it’s longer than usual—but worth it. I interview Libby and Tom about their interesting personal and professional backgrounds; their decision to leave Kirkland to launch a boutique firm, including why it would be impossible to have a practice like theirs in Biglaw; what it’s like to practice alongside your spouse; how they got involved in the Dominion case, including why the settlement was so darn large; and the future of New York Times v. Sullivan.

In the interest of getting this out in timely fashion, I have not included in a transcript. It’s surprisingly laborious to clean up the auto-generated transcript, since the voice-recognition technology has a long way to go. So if you’d like to get the substance of our fascinating conversation, please listen to our dulcet tones, via the embed at the top of this post or in your podcast player of choice. Enjoy!

[UPDATE (11/2/2023, 3:25 p.m.): With the help of the wondrous service that is rev.com, I have finally added the transcript for this interview. If you’re a paid subscriber to Original Jurisdiction, you can scroll down to read it. Thanks!]

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Original Jurisdiction, a podcast about law and the legal profession, features host David Lat interviewing some of the most interesting, influential, and important people in the world of law. It's the companion podcast to Lat's Substack newsletter of the same name. You can follow David on Twitter (@DavidLat) or email him at davidlat@substack.com, and you can subscribe to his newsletter at davidlat.substack.com.