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Tom  Clare

Tom Clare

Clare Locke LLP

Alexandria, VA, USA


Prior to founding Clare Locke LLP, Tom was an equity partner at one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. He has more than 19 years of experience handling high-stakes commercial litigation matters. In 2017, he is ranked in the Chambers USA Guide for nationwide first amendment litigation and in the category of global defamation/reputation management in the Chambers HNW directory. Tom is a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation and Media and Advertising and a BTI Consulting Client-Service All-Star MVP.

Tom is best known for representing high-profile clients who are targeted in hostile media investigations or the subject of false statements in the press. He has handled defamation matters for Fortune 500 companies and individuals, including CEOs, hedge-fund managers, university presidents, professional athletes and sports teams, celebrities, journalists, and others who find themselves under reputational attack.

Tom recently represented UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine relating to a highly publicized article falsely alleging the cover-up of an alleged gang rape. In November 2016, a jury found the defendants liable for defamation and awarded Ms. Eramo $3 million in damages.

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