Who We Are: BFKN was founded in 1984 with a vision focused on delivering efficient team-oriented services of the highest quality. The firm has continued to execute on this vision while growing and evolving into a sophisticated, first-class law firm with a diverse client roster of national and international clients. We’ve accomplished this by practicing law in a different way. Our strategic vision is to continue growing organically, while constantly evaluating and implementing ways to better serve our clients, and by recruiting the highest caliber of diverse talent. Our growth has been steady and measured and we’ve chartered our own unique path to success which is different than any other firm.
BFKN represents a wide array of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations across all industries. Our clients are sophisticated and located across the globe, from the Midwest to the East and West coasts to Europe and Asia. Our firm is lucky to have nurtured several generational client relationships, where we have served as outside counsel to those clients for many decades and have grown with them through changes, challenges, and triumphs. We also have a mix of new generation clients that appreciate our creative and customized approach to representation.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: BFKN is committed to the establishment, maintenance, and growth of a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are respected and intentionally valued by implementing initiatives and programs that will foster collaboration and accountability. We strive to attract the most qualified professionals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities and to create a rewarding and fulfilling environment in which our people feel valued and appreciated and can grow and advance their careers. BFKN’s DEI Committee oversees equitable reviews of the firm’s policies and procedures, its accreditation into and implementation of the Midsized Mansfield Rule program, diversity, equity and inclusion training, and holistic recruiting procedures on an ongoing and forward-looking basis.
BFKN participated and is awaiting certification for the 2022 Midsize Mansfield certification program. The overall goal of the Midsize Mansfield Rule is to increase the representation of diverse attorneys in leadership by broadening the pool of women, LGBTQ+ attorneys, attorneys with disabilities, and/or racial/ethnic minority attorneys who are considered for entry-level and lateral attorney job openings, leadership opportunities, equity partner promotions, and opportunities to connect with clients. In addition to our participation in the Midsize Mansfield Rule program, our co-managing partner, Roger H. Stetson, committed to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Leaders at the Front Pledge. The LCLD is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have pledged themselves, through the Leaders at the Front initiative and other means, to creating a diverse U.S. legal profession.
Litigation: Our firm has assembled a group of highly skilled trial lawyers – seasoned partners and well-trained associates – who represent clients both forcefully and efficiently. Unlike some litigators, who spend years engaging in expensive discovery only to recommend settlement on the eve of trial, we are always ready to try cases when necessary, but strive to achieve business resolutions early and economically when appropriate.
Our litigators take pride in our efficient approach to dispute resolution. Even for the biggest matters, our litigation teams are lean, typically comprised of experienced partners and small numbers of associates and paralegals who can manage large amounts of data by leveraging our in-house discovery technology. A litigation team is assembled for each assignment based on the skill and experience required for that engagement.
We represent a diverse group of businesses in resolving these disputes, ranging from the world’s largest luxury goods company to large financial institutions, major telecommunications service providers, REITs, motor vehicle manufacturers, hedge funds, law firms, and consumer goods companies.
Our litigators have extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States, at both the trial and appellate levels. We understand that we are asked to help resolve business problems, and we recognize that a trial is only one potential solution.
Because our clients’ success often rests on our ability to design thoughtful, cost-effective solutions to complex scenarios, a significant part of our time is focused on strategic counseling and alternative dispute resolution.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Members of our group are experienced in a broad range of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediations, binding and non-binding arbitrations, mini-trials, and settlement trials.
Counseling: BFKN’s Litigation Group also has extensive experience in strategic counseling and training designed to minimize the likelihood of litigation or reduce the exposure to litigation when potential problems arise. For engagements requiring a certain legal or industry focus, we assemble strong interdisciplinary teams designed to leverage the talents of attorneys in other practice areas. The Litigation Group is often involved in complex corporate and real estate disputes that benefit from the comprehensive experience of our corporate, real estate, and bankruptcy attorneys. Such a cross-functional approach has proved successful in resolving controversies ranging from dissenting shareholders’ rights disputes to take-over litigation.
Awards & Recognition:
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Saul Ewing’s Litigation Department features approximately 200 attorneys across 18 offices. We handle a wide range of matters including complex business and commercial disputes, bet-the-company legal proceedings, and high-profile cases in state and federal courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums across the nation. We represent local, regional, national and international organizations as well as individuals across a diverse array of industries, including but not limited to energy and environmental, financial services, construction, insurance, health care, food/beverage/agribusiness, life sciences, cannabis, higher education, sports/entertainment and real estate.
Our deep bench of litigators work to protect the interests of our clients and mitigate the impact of litigation on business operations in all phases of litigation, including investigation, pleadings, motions, fact and expert discovery and depositions, hearings, trials, appeals, settlement negotiations, and enforcement of judgments. Among our ranks are seasoned trial lawyers and former government officials and prosecutors, whose insight and strategic judgment are a valuable resource to our entire team.
Our core areas of focus include:
Within these core areas of focus, we have extensive experience representing clients in pursuing and defending claims of breach of contract, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, fraud and misrepresentation, lender liability, property liability, negligence, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, antitrust violations, conspiracy, RICO violations, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, trade disparagement, false advertising, malicious prosecution, theft of trade secrets, intellectual property infringement, trespass, conversion, trust and estate controversies, partnership and corporate dissolutions and claims arising in shareholder and partner derivative actions, among others.
Our Approach: We start by tailoring a strategy to meet our clients’ objectives and risk management priorities, whether those focus on litigation avoidance, early settlement, resolution through dispositive motions, or pursuing a case through adjudication at trial. Using early case assessment tools, we develop a detailed roadmap for each case. We recognize that litigation can be expensive, distracting and time-consuming, and that our clients need cost predictability. Depending on client needs, we are able to create customized litigation plans and budgets at the matter, phase and/or task levels. Our project management team carefully monitors work volume and billing metrics to help ensure that our services align with project scope and needs, and to maximize proactive communication with clients about changes in cost, scope and/or strategy.
eDiscovery: For cases requiring electronic discovery, we rely on our in-house Litigation Support Services (LSS) team, which is driven by members with sophisticated technical knowledge and credentialing by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. With extensive experience managing complex eDiscovery collection, processing, review and production, our LSS team leverages advanced analytics and technology-assisted review to quickly identify and locate relevant information, process and analyze data efficiently, and help reduce overall litigation costs.
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With more than 3,200 lawyers across 14 countries, fluent in at least 60 languages, Latham provides clients with an unmatched global platform capable of mobilizing the best-suited teams regardless of location.
Litigation & Trial Practice: Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department includes a roster of top-tier trial lawyers. With a team of more than 1,000 top-flight litigators, including 35 former U.S. federal prosecutors, Latham has developed a fearsome reputation for bringing experience, insight, and determination to the table — and to the courtroom and the boardroom. Latham draws from its global platform to match the right skill and expertise to the matter at hand, bringing together diverse teams to develop and implement aggressive and creative litigation strategies. Antitrust &
Competition: Latham’s integrated practice is built around highly qualified lawyers who are skilled in both local and international dimensions of antitrust and competition issues. Our lawyers provide counsel on the full scope of antitrust and competition law issues, including merger clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, competition-related litigation, intellectual property antitrust, and compliance counseling and training programs. Latham provides top client service in matters involving monopolization challenges, fast-moving merger litigation, and novel theories in bet-the-company cases.
Connectivity, Privacy & Information: Latham leverages a global platform to address the critical legal issues arising from digital technology and services, in disciplines including communications, data privacy and cybersecurity, internet law, and digital copyright. Our team handles high-profile litigation, regulatory investigations and counseling, internal investigations, and technology transactions for clients in a multiple industry sectors. We handle matters requiring extensive experience in particular areas of the law governing digital commerce, as well as matters that cut across legal silos to deliver exceptional results to our clients.
Complex Commercial Litigation: Latham combines trial-ready capabilities and business fluency to deliver a winning edge, no matter how complex a client’s challenge. Latham regularly represents public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity firms and portfolio companies, states and governmental entities, and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes. We have tried or arbitrated hundreds of cases to verdict over the past decade with an extraordinary success rate, spanning every stage of litigation in U.S. federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. The Latham arsenal includes more than 350 former federal law clerks from each of the U.S. circuit courts and 40 districts courts. Additionally, 35 former federal prosecutors from districts across the United States contribute invaluable institutional knowledge and extensive courtroom experience.
Environmental Litigation: Latham represents an array of clients across administrative and regulatory proceedings, enforcement, litigation, transactions, and legislative matters. Latham routinely draws on this experience to help clients navigate complex agency rulemakings, win approvals for energy and infrastructure projects, obtain new chemical and product approvals, and resolve environmental investigations, compliance, enforcement, and litigation matters across industries. Our broad range of expertise, coupled with our unique government experience, differentiates Latham – clients turn to our trusted team for our long-standing track record to deliver on ground-breaking matters across the US.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Latham has litigators with unparalleled experience in the full range of IP disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade dress, and trade secrets. We practice regularly in multijurisdictional litigation around the world, in more than 45 U.S. district courts, and before the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Our team includes more than 105 technically trained lawyers, nine technical analysts, and 17 dedicated IP paralegals. Latham’s highly trained technical teams have litigated cases involving semiconductors, software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, image processing, audio processing, therapeutics, medical devices, electric motors, engines, cloud computing and networking, packaging, building products, and banking technologies, among others.
Securities Litigation & Professional Liability: Latham boasts one of the most experienced and successful securities and derivative litigation groups in the United States. Our securities litigators include former federal prosecutors, senior staff of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and former clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts, and state courts. We represent Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, and the Big Four accounting firms. Our team has obtained dismissals and favorable settlements in multi-billion dollar securities class actions, and in the rare instances where trial is unavoidable., Over the past year, our lawyers have represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm, across 22 U.S. district courts.
Supreme Court & Appellate: Led by a former U.S. Solicitor General, Latham’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice has represented clients in numerous groundbreaking cases, with an outstanding record before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Our appellate practitioners have appeared before the Supreme Court more than 30 times since 2007, representing Fortune 100 corporations, state governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals. The practice has secured certiorari in nearly a dozen cases on behalf of firm clients in the past few years alone. The firm has argued and briefed hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: Latham is at the forefront of advising on white collar and enforcement matters, providing our clients with unparalleled regulatory expertise in high-profile and sensitive matters in the U.S., and around the world. Our formidable roster contains former top-ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the SEC, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office, including attorneys from the White House Counsel’s Office. Latham is a top global firm in securing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act declinations, a market leader in healthcare regulation, a world leading Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) regulatory group, a destination firm for CFTC enforcement litigation, and a leader in the highest profile investigations.
Updated Oct 2023
Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of success in complex litigation.
The firm is renowned for delivering extraordinary results to clients in difficult situations. Our successes include trial wins, victories on motions and appeals, and creative settlements across the gamut of commercial litigation, including intellectual property, breach of contract, product liability, antitrust, and shareholder disputes.
As a result of the firm’s success at trial, Bartlit Beck was named 2020 Trial Firm of the Year by Benchmark and was identified as one of the top nine firms in the United States for “striking the utmost fear into the hearts of seasoned General Counsel and legal decision makers” in a survey conducted by consulting firm BTI of 350 in-house leaders.
The average Bartlit Beck lawyer has more than 17 years of experience and has participated in multiple high-stakes trials. This is a product of our unique structure in which more than three-quarters of our lawyers are experienced partners and fewer than a quarter are associates. Thus, each case team is comprised mainly of experienced partners.
Our trial experience informs our overall approach: we focus on the key facts and issues that will drive the outcome, we make complex things simple, we win by showing the evidence rather than telling why we should win, we use demonstratives to boil down the key concepts to a few memorable images, and we establish ourselves as the reliable source of information.
Our lawyers intensely focus on a small number of cases at a time, allowing each team member to have command of the entire case. We believe our approach ensures better quality and results for our clients because each team member has a thorough understanding of the client’s goals and the path to success.
Our success is also due to the way we align our clients’ interests with our own. Our fixed and success-based fee structure is designed to eliminate the usual and often conflicting incentives present in the traditional hourly billing model.
We have extensive experience partnering with other law firms and service providers
as part of a “virtual law firm.” Our highly collaborative approach means that we view
in-house counsel and co-counsel as invaluable members of the team.
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Updated Aug 2023