Even when I was growing up, I enjoyed putting together puzzles and playing games of strategy. I guess becoming a lawyer was a natural fit. The same basic skills apply to representing clients and arriving at a successful resolution to disputes. I also enjoy helping people solve problems.
Locke Chauvin is an Associate in our Commercial Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group. Based in our Baton Rouge office, Locke’s primary area of practice is commercial litigation, with a focus on consumer financial services disputes. His unique professional background that combines finance and the law helps guide his practice in representing financial institutions and financial services entities in a variety of litigation and mortgage-related matters. Additionally, he has previous experience providing outside counsel to business clients on matters of formation, governance, and contracts.
Locke works with clients to resolve claims of state and federal regulatory violations, contested foreclosures, and real estate and title issues, and handles claims involving Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and actions related to unfair and deceptive trade practices.
He brings a proactive, business-oriented approach to his cases, beginning with a determination of the client’s objective or end result. This can vary widely – one client may want to settle a case as quickly and inexpensively as possible, while another may want to take a dispute to trial for strategic reasons. Subsequently, Locke identifies the core issues and determines if there are any significant information gaps. He then collaborates with other attorneys to develop a broad strategy to address those issues, advises the client and jointly develops an overall plan for the case.
Before attending law school, Locke earned a Master of Science in Finance from Johns Hopkins University in 2010, with a concentration in investments and capital markets. He has an in-depth grasp of the principles of finance and accounting. This business background gives him a special facility when the case involves financial, accounting or banking issues, which makes him an exceptionally efficient advocate. He is able to view problems from both a business and legal perspective. Many lawyers only see the legal side of things. He sees the whole picture.