John Garda Wins 2022 Lexology Client Choice Award for Third Party Funding

CHICAGO, December 14, 2022 - Lexology awarded John E. Garda, Longford Capital Managing Director and head of its Dallas office, its 2022 Client Choice Award for Third Party Funding in Texas. Lexology announced the winners of the 2022 Client Choice Awards on November 15, 2022, at an event in London. Lexology’s Client Choice award program recognizes litigation finance practitioners that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria include the ability to add value to clients' businesses above and beyond their peers in the market. Lexology chose a single winner in nine global jurisdictions, Texas as well as New York, Australia, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom among them. Uniquely, only corporate counsel may nominate practitioners for this award, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 nominations.

“Longford Capital is committed to offering financial support for claimants and their counsel when and where it is needed, and along the way relationships form,” Garda said. “A relationship with Longford Capital is exactly that — a relationship. The most important elements of any good relationship – including candor, transparency, and trust – are present in all interactions with Longford Capital. I am delighted to be recognized for this fundamental approach to our business.”

John is responsible for managing the Dallas office, investment sourcing, underwriting, and monitoring investments. Prior to joining Longford Capital, John was Managing Partner of the Dallas office of K&L Gates LLP, a Global 20 law firm. He has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, which includes representing clients in business disputes, complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, professional liability matters, and disputes involving health care contracts, real estate, and construction. His full bio is available here.

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Award Methodology

To select its annual Client Choice Award winners, Lexology begins with a readership survey of in-house counsel subscribers to Lexology and gather feedback at international in-house counsel events and via the Lexology Client Choice website. Clients are asked to rate individuals on the multiple client service criteria, including quality of advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, responsiveness, effective communication, clarity of documentation, sharing of expertise, loyalty, and ethics. To ensure that the results cannot be influenced, recipients and their firms are not informed when this initial round of research is conducted. The results of this survey are used to draw up shortlists, and shortlisted candidates are then invited to submit up to five client referees. The research team conducts follow up interviews and additional research where necessary. The results reflect the subjective views of the Client Choice team.

About Longford Capital

Longford Capital is a leading private investment company that provides capital to leading law firms, public and private companies, research universities, government agencies, and other entities involved in large-scale, commercial legal disputes. Longford was one of the first litigation funds in the United States and is among the world’s largest litigation finance companies with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management. Typically, Longford funds attorneys’ fees and other costs necessary to pursue meritorious legal claims in return for a share of a favorable settlement or award. The firm manages a diversified portfolio and considers investments in subject matter areas where it has developed considerable expertise, including, business-to-business contract claims, antitrust and trade regulation claims, intellectual property claims (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret), fiduciary duty claims, fraud claims, claims in bankruptcy and liquidation, domestic and international arbitrations, claim monetization, insurance matters, and a variety of others.