Beck Redden attorneys do not fear trials, in fact, they thrive in the courtroom. With 43 attorneys in two Texas offices, the Firm has established itself as a “Texas powerhouse law firm,” as recently recognized by Law360, and is often placed in the top-tier in national rankings, such as in Chambers USA. Beck Redden was founded to focus solely on litigation. Since its establishment in 1992, the Firm's growing success has attracted big name clients like Altria, 3M Company, ExxonMobil, and Cameron International Corporation, to name a few, and continues to take on and win important, challenging appellate and litigation cases.
Setting the Bar High
Beck Redden has earned a reputation for hiring and developing exemplary courtroom lawyers, with several achieving Benchmark Litigation’s national rankings for both trials and appeals, as well as top-tier rankings in Chambers USA. The firm hires top students straight out of law school and judicial clerkships, and trains them to become skilled and detail-oriented lawyers. David J. Beck has noted that the firm’s smaller size makes it easier to retain the culture that has developed with catered firm-wide meals every two weeks and annual retreats for all attorneys and spouses.
Beck Redden’s attorneys are often referred to as “litigation stars,” since they are accustomed to working in high-stakes environments, such as the 2014 case against ExxonMobil for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act in Baytown, Texas—the largest Clean Air Act citizen suit to ever be taken to trial. Working on behalf of ExxonMobil, the Beck Redden team denied allegations that the company had violations of unauthorized air emissions and deviations of its federal operating permit through an eight year period. Due to ExxonMobil’s history of compliance as well as substantial reductions in emissions during the period at issue, the court denied plaintiffs’ request for $642 million in civil penalties.
Appealing to All
Beck Redden does not abandon clients after winning a good verdict; Firm attorneys believe their work is not done until that verdict is upheld on appeal. That is exactly what the Firm did in In re Deepwater Horizon. In that case, the Firm represented Cameron International Corporation, the manufacturer and seller of the blowout preventer that was used when the underwater oil pipeline blowout occurred in April 2010. The court had found Cameron not liable and dismissed the company from the litigation, which led to a multidistrict litigation against Cameron that did not include the Louisiana parishes who filed state court lawsuits in their local parishes. Beck Redden was able to consolidate these cases into the MDL, which resulted in the fifth circuit removing and dismissing all claims against Cameron.
Co-founder David J. Beck’s successes extend beyond the courtroom. In 2013, the first ever Beck Awards were held at his alma mater, The University of Texas School of Law in honor of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, which was launched the previous spring. Mr. Beck used his 50 years of law practice to convey the importance of research and analytical writing in law and legal practices. Mr. Beck continues to be recognized for his outstanding legal achievements. In 2010, he was named by Texas Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 greatest lawyers in the past quarter century. From 1985-2016, he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in numerous practice areas. The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas honored him in 2016 with the Luther (Luke) H. Soules III Award, which recognizes attorneys who, like Luke, embody excellence in the practice of law and exemplary service to the Bar through outstanding professionalism and community impact. In 2015, the American Board of Trial Advocates Texas Chapter honored Mr. Beck as Trial Lawyer of the Year, recognizing him for being an excellent advocate, having a distinguished career with a superb reputation of high ethics and fair play, and for his outstanding results. Additionally, he was recently honored by TACTAS with the Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award – an award recognizing a local attorney who has been an example of excellence in trial and appellate work. Additionally, the Texas Bar Foundation also honored Mr. Beck with statewide recognition this year with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.
When some of the largest companies in the world, including Philip Morris, need trial counsel in high stakes litigation, they call Beck Redden partner Kat Gallagher to represent them, regardless of the jurisdiction. In 2016, Kat was selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine as a recipient of the 2016 Women in Law Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the area of litigation. The award recognizes and honors the achievements of women that have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law over the last 12 months across the globe. She is consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016), and has earned the respect of her peers and adversaries alike—she is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and an associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Other Beck Redden attorneys are no slouches either. The American College of Trial Lawyers includes six of the Firm’s attorneys: David J. Beck, Joe W. Redden, Jr., W. Curt Webb, Kat Gallagher, Thomas R. McDade, and Eric J.R. Nichols. All Beck Redden partners have been recognized as Texas Super Lawyers and/or Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters. The firm has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Leading Law Firm with a Band 1 ranking, the highest attainable, and 5 attorneys earn individual honors. And partners Connie Pfeiffer and Alex B. Roberts were named to Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural 2016 accolade, “Under 40 Hot List,” recognizing the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of 40 or younger.
1221 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: (713) 951-3700
Employer Type: Private
Chairman and Managing Partner: David Beck
Recruiting Chair: Geoff Gannaway
Total No. Attorneys 2017: 43
Firm does not disclose salary information.
4 out of 4 (2Ls only) (2016)
Houston, TX (HQ)
Class Action & Multi-District Litigation
Estate & Probate
Products Liability/Personal Injury
White Collar Criminal Defense