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 16 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. Bartlit Beck lawyers each average 10 trial days per year, and 20 percent of the firm’s cases went to trial between 2009 and 2018. The firm has more National Law Journal “top defense victories” than any other firm of its size and is ranked by U.S. News a Tier 1 for “bet the company” litigation.
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.
News & Awards
Bartlit Beck welcomed Alex Groden, Nico Martinez, Taylor Meehan, Wesley Morrisette, and Nacho Sofo to the partnership.
Bartlit Beck was featured in a recent The American Lawyer article discussing the firm’s team-oriented culture, commitment to associates, and low attrition rate. The piece is titled, “With No Lateral Partners, This Leading Boutique Banks on Homegrown Talent.”
Bartlit Beck was named a Finalist for The American Lawyer 2019 National Specialty/Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year. According to The American Lawyer, finalists are “at the core of industry-changing matters, leading the charge on their clients’ most important cases and operating at a level that sets them apart from their peers.”
In its article, “At 25, Bartlit Beck Is Still on Trial. Is Its Model Winning?” The American Lawyer notes that “Bartlit Beck has become one of the country’s best known brands for courtroom advocacy thanks to a model that cherishes one-on-one mentorship, demands teamwork and envisions a partnership track for every lawyer at the firm.” The article cited Lex Machina data that showed Bartlit Beck goes to trial in nearly 20 percent of its matters, more than double the percentage of “four of the nation’s best-known Big Law trial firms....” The article describes how the firm’s model and culture results in collaboration among associates and partners that generates results for clients, stating that “[t]here are a number of reasons why Bartlit Beck goes to trial so often. The simplest is that they win.”
54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 494-4400
Managing Partner: Jason L. Peltz
Hiring Partner: Cindy L. Sobel
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
The firm does not disclose salary information.
Summer Associate Offers:
Firm does not offer a summer program.
No. of Summer Associates:
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.