About Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

With more than 80 attorneys in two offices--one in Chicago and one in Denver--Bartlit Beck offers litigation practices in commercial litigation, product liability, intellectual property, financial and securities and toxic torts, to name a few.  In its Denver office, the firm also offers a transactional practice that includes private equity, securities, M&A and general corporate work.

A Young Firm with a Long Resume

Founded in 1993, Bartlit Beck prides itself on being "a firm of trial lawyers, not litigators," according to its website. In other words, they have the reputation that they "are not afraid to try to case." The firm primarily hires its litigation lawyers directly from judicial clerkships and other selective government service positions, or occasionally straight from law school.  To handle its corporate practice, the firm recruits lawyers with experience in complex transactional cases, which comes in handy as the firm regularly represents clients of all kinds in a wide variety of deals, as well as advising on corporate strategic alliances, hedge fund offerings and IPOs.

Bartlit Beck's client base is wide-ranging--the firm has represented litigation clients like United Technologies, Bayer AG, Hewlett-Packard and E.I. duPont de Nemours. The firm is also strong in intellectual property and product liability litigation--some of its most notable cases include fending off a patent case brought by Rolls-Royce against United Technologies, ending an eleven-year patent battle for Bayer over its antibiotic Cipro and persuading a Miami jury to return a defense verdict in a nearly $400 million claim brought by Costa Rican ferneries against DuPont over a fungicide.

The firm's leaders have their own resumes to be proud of--Phil Beck, for example, served as George W. Bush's trial counsel during the 2000 election dispute in Florida and represented Merck in its high-profile Vioxx products liability litigation.

Energy and Influence

Bartlit Beck has also done a fair amount of work in the energy industry, and represented Tejas Gas in a $1.45 billion merger with Shell Oil. When President Obama called for an investigation following the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the gulf, partner Fred Bartlit served as chief counsel for the panel. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer rights activist group, was none too pleased--the group called for Bartlit to step down because his firm allegedly had close ties with Halliburton, which had been involved in drilling BP's well. The panel rejected that call, saying the investigation would remain unbiased.

Teleconference or Pickup Game?

When it's not handling multimillion dollar cases, the firm knows how to have fun. Its Chicago office boasts a half basketball court which doubles as a conference room when need be, and its Denver office revolves around a towering rock climbing wall. According to firm namesake James Palenchar, those adult playgrounds are intended to foster teamwork and creativity among Bartlit's legal team. The firm also provides all associates and their families or significant others with an annual all-expenses-paid three-night vacation.  

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Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Courthouse Place
54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 494-4400
Fax: (312) 494-4440


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Sidney N. Herman
  • Hiring Partner: Mark E. Ferguson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 82

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Firm does not offer a summer program

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accountants' Liability
    Class Action
    Corporate Finance
    Corporate Governance
    Financial Institution
    Fund Formation
    General Commercial Litigation
    General Product Liability
    Hedge Fund
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Pharmaceutical Product Liability
    Private Equity
    Securities Offerings & Compliance
    Toxic Tort

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO