About Bartlit Beck LLP
Bartlit Beck proudly labels itself as “a firm of trial lawyers, not litigators.” With more than 80 attorneys in two offices—one in Chicago and one in Denver—Bartlit Beck is best known for handling high-stakes litigation of all kinds and is often hired to “save the day” just before trial begins. It’s no wonder, considering the firm’s strong lineup—the majority of Bartlit Beck lawyers have completed a federal clerkship, and 15 percent have clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bartlit Beck opened shop in 1993 when its founding partners broke off from a large Chicago law firm and took a small group of associates with them. The founders’ vision was to create a firm with a more “intimate and energetic” environment by implementing a set of ideals that are in still in practice today: A physically open and collaborative environment, a small roster of lawyers (with a very high partner-to-associate ratio), and a non-traditional client billing structure that combines a flat-fee approach with win-based bonuses.
See You in Court
Bartlit Beck boasts that its lawyers “are not afraid to try the case,” and the firm’s track record proves it. The firm is among Vault’s top-ranked litigation boutiques, has been named Trial Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation, and has been recognized by the likes of Chambers USA and BTI Consulting Group.
Bartlit Beck is not afraid to take on cases of all kinds, from antitrust to class actions to IP litigation to products liability and everything in between. Not surprisingly, Bartlit Beck's client base is wide ranging to match. The firm has represented clients like Walgreens, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon, United Technologies, Bayer AG, and DuPont. Bartlit Beck’s founding partners have especially impressive resumes. Phil Beck served as trial counsel for George W. Bush during the 2000 election dispute in Florida, and President Obama asked Fred Bartlit to serve as chief counsel for the investigative panel following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Though best known for its prowess in the courtroom, the firm has a strong corporate practice in its Denver office that includes middle-market mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and compliance issues, corporate finance, hedge and private equity fund formation, and counseling on sensitive corporate governance matters. In line with the firm’s ideals, Bartlit Beck leanly staffs corporate matters with only two to three lawyers on a transaction.
A Historic Backdrop
Fitting for a trial-minded firm, Bartlit Beck’s Chicago office is located inside the historic “Courthouse Place” building that previously housed the Cook County Criminal Court for 35 years. This landmark building was witness to historic events like Clarence Darrow pleading against the death penalty, the Chicago White Sox trial that followed accusations of players throwing the 1919 World Series, and the “jazz age” trials that inspired the musical Chicago. Today, the Chicago office features unique fixtures that contrast with the building’s history—a basketball court that is also used as a conference room, for starters. The Denver office provides a similarly creative environment, with a rock-climbing wall located inside the office.
Our recruiting efforts have continued during the pandemic. If you believe you have the requisite qualifications and are interested in joining Bartlit Beck, please contact our Hiring Partner, Cindy Sobel.
News & Awards
Bartlit Beck secured an appellate victory for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the Eleventh Circuit. The court ruled for Bayer in the appeal brought by a couple who alleged insufficient warning of birth control stroke risk. The appeal followed a summary judgment win by Bartlit Beck in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Bartlit Beck filed a lawsuit on behalf of a trust containing the assets of 15 health insurance-related companies against Allianz Global Investors U.S. and Aon Investments USA. The lawsuit seeks to recover the substantial losses suffered by the defined-benefit plans of these companies whose assets were invested in various Structured Alpha funds—managed by Allianz and recommended to the companies by Aon—that collapsed in early 2020. The suit asserts claims for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA and breach of contract.
Bartlit Beck won back-to-back trial victories for their clients in a case brought against them by the founder of a group of privately held oil and gas companies. They won a complete defense verdict in the jury trial (where the plaintiff sought $800 million in damages), and then a few months later defeated the remaining claims in a bench trial (where the plaintiff sought $400 million in compensation).
Benchmark Litigation recognized Bartlit Beck as the “Trial Firm of the Year” at the Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards in New York. Winners were chosen based on research conducted by Benchmark in 2019, including interviews of in-house and outside counsel.
54 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 494-4400
Managing Partner: Jason L. Peltz
Hiring Partner: Cindy L. Sobel
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Salary not disclosed.
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 0
Chicago, IL (HQ)
Fraud and Securities
General Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Securities Offerings & Compliance
Toxic Torts (Litigation practice in both offices; transactional practice in Denver only)
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.