Trial Practice

“The attorneys of Bartlit Beck try cases all over the country, often of the bet-the-company variety, with an unparalleled record of success.”

National Law Journal

Litigation Practice Information

Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of courtroom victories in complex litigation since our founding in 1993.  Our success results from an approach to trying cases that is fundamentally different from that of most firms that handle comparable matters.

The firm has handled high-stakes cases of all kinds, including:  Accountants' Liability, Antitrust, Class Actions, False Claims Act and Government Contracts Cases, General Commercial Litigation, Hedge Fund, Private Equity, and Financial Institution CasesIntellectual Property, General Product LiabilityPharmaceutical Product Liability, Fraud and Securities Cases, and Toxic Tort Cases.

Trial lawyers, not litigators

We are a firm of trial lawyers, not litigators.  Our lawyers are in court examining witnesses and arguing to judges and juries on a regular basis.  We approach pre-trial discovery as a tool to help prepare us to tell a convincing story at trial, not as an end to itself.  We do not spend time on activities that build up hours but are unlikely to contribute to a successful outcome.

Of course, not all cases go to trial.  But we have found that our clients get the best settlements when the opposition is convinced that we are not afraid to try the case.  With our recognition as a premier trial firm and our preparedness to go to trial, our clients get a substantial advantage at the settlement table.  Good trial lawyers get good settlements.

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Experienced teams

Our teams are highly experienced, not just at the top but throughout. We typically staff our cases with multiple partners, one to two associates, and a handful of dedicated senior staff members. This kind of staffing ensures that each team is composed primarily of experienced partners who have hands-on control over the strategy and development of the case and that every team member is engaged in a way that provides maximum value to our clients. Every person on the team has responsibility for determining how to get our clients the best possible result—and the experience, skill, and support to achieve it.

Non-hourly fees

We do not charge by the hour. Instead, we enter into fee agreements that reward success and efficiency. Our goal in each case is to negotiate a fee structure that will ensure that our interests and the client's are fully aligned. Depending on the case, this may take the form of a contingent fee, a flat fee, a combination of the two, or some other structure that we and the client devise.