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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Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of its diverse client base. The strategic establishment of its offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled the firm to represent a broad range of clients that include multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions. With more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to “bet the company” litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.
Named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 as one of only three firms to earn a place on the list for 18 consecutive years
Recognized as “Team of the Year” for International Trade for the second consecutive year at the 2018 Chambers USA awards
Named Insurance and International Arbitration “Practice Group of the Year” by Law360
Named 2019 “Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal in Data – Security, Life Sciences – Regulatory, and Trade & Customs categories
Named to The National Law Journal’s 2018 Appellate Hot List for the eleventh year in a row
Named a 2018 “Appellate Practice Group of the Year” by Law360
Named by The National Law Journal as the 2016 ‘Chicago Litigation “Department of the Year” for White-Collar Defense
Ranked second out of 50 firms honored in the Law360 2016 Litigation Power-house rankings
Named as one of the top 25 national corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member Magazine’s 2016 survey of corporate directors and general counsel
Sidley recently won a high-profile case for Ford Motor Company, in a matter that challenged the U.S. Government’s tariff reclassification of Ford’s Transit Connect vehicles that would have resulted in a 25% tariff, resulting in nearly an additional $1 billion in tariffs. The U.S. Court of International Trade granted Ford summary judgment on its classification.
Sidley represents DirecTV in a federal court action brought by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged violations of the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act based on advertising of introductory pricing of DirectTV’s subscription satellite television services. The case may determine what the standard is for proving consumer deception by advertising under the FTC Act where the company offers truthfully advertised legitimate services and where the allegations are only about whether disclosures in the advertising are sufficiently clear and conspicuous; and how consumers provide express consent to deal terms in online transactions.
Sidley represents Honda in the multidistrict litigation related to the Takata-manufactured airbags recall. The litigation involves millions of airbags installed in vehicles across the United States which were recalled as potentially dangerous and involves the largest vehicle recall in history.
Sidley represents Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and its subsidiaries in over 8,200 cases in state and federal courts around the country involving the pharmaceutical Actos.
In one of the first biosimilar cases in the U.S., Sidley prevailed for Amgen against patent infringement claims brought by Sandoz around the blockbuster drug Enbrel®. Sidley also defeated an inter partes review challenge filed by the Coalition for Affordable Drugs on a patent related to the Enbrel.
Sidley represents Johnson & Johnson in consolidated Hatch-Waxman litigations, involving 14 generic drug manufacturers concerning ZYTIGA®, a drug used to treat prostate cancer. This matter has parallel proceedings in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia.
Sidley represents Amazon Inc. in a patent litigation case relating to website search functionality that presents novel issues of claim vitiation and file wrapper history estoppel under a Doctrine of Equivalents analysis.
Sidley represents Citigroup in consolidated multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of all merchants in the United States in the largest private antitrust litigation in U.S. history. The plaintiffs allege that card issuers have colluded with and through Visa and MasterCard for the networks to adopt rules regarding interchange fees. The individual actions include multi-billion dollar claims brought by some of the largest merchants in the US, including Amazon, 7-11 Stores and Costco.
Sidley represents the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in the investigations of corruption in world football. Sidley previously conducted an internal investigation for the CONCACAF Integrity Committee after the arrest of numerous FIFA officials in Zurich. Sidley completed the investigation and successfully advocated for the DOJ to consider CONCACAF to be a victim organization rather than a culpable. Sidley continues to represent CONCACAF in the DOJ’s ongoing investigation and prosecution of individual football officials and in asserting restitution claims against those individuals in favor of CONCACAF and individual federations in the region.
Pro Bono Service is an important component of daily work life at Sidley, with the firm’s lawyers devoting an average of 100,000 hours to pro bono service each year. Such efforts include Sidley’s role as a founding member of a national program in which the Pro Bono Institute, the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the American Legion have partnered to represent service members with disabilities returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sidley lawyers also devote thousands of hours to our three other firmwide pro bono projects: Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program, the Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Capital Litigation Project. Sidley’s Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program was recognized as a “standout” innovator at the Financial Times European Innovative Lawyer Awards for “Innovation in Social Responsibility” in recognition of its work providing free legal support to eligible small- and medium-sized for-profit enterprises and market-focused NGOs and nonprofits that have a clear social impact in developing countries across Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The firm was also honored in June 2016 by Public Counsel, a California nonprofit and the largest public interest law firm in the United States, as its “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” in recognition of the many years that Sidley has provided pro bono assistance to the organization’s causes.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in 16 offices across the country. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation team, including approximately 200 litigators, is routinely in court handling complex, high profile matters and bet-the-company lawsuits. The team is known for its success, having yielded a highly effective and accomplished track record of results including favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgments, creative settlements, and innovative solutions to disputes of all sizes and sophistication. Our litigators have experience in a vast amount of federal and state courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums throughout the country. They have substantive experience in a full range of litigation matters ranging from commercial real estate disputes, high profile higher education investigations, construction dispute resolutions, and complex commercial contract litigation. Our litigators provide early case assessments and consider creative solutions to directly address the attendant risks and costs of litigation. Whatever the circumstance, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr litigators are ready to offer immediate, trusted, and experienced counsel. A few highlights of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s litigation experience include:
Real Estate Litigation When disputes arise concerning real estate transactions, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Real Estate Litigation Practice combines real estate knowledge and litigation skills to provide advice and representation to both regional and national clients. Our experienced attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate disputes, including: land use appeals, acquisitions that fail to close, litigation over real estate arising out of bankruptcy proceedings, "takings" cases, landlord-tenant issues, disputes between brokers and buyers, real estate tax assessment appeals, and title disputes.
Higher Education Litigation The legal issues facing colleges and universities are more challenging than ever, reaching every corner of campus life with increasing complexity. From discipline to drones, Title IX to taxes, FERPA to financing, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has a deep bench of lawyers who wrestle with these issues every day, including acting as general counsel to small colleges and universities without in-house lawyers. In the past few years, our Higher Education Practice has rendered service in some of the nation’s highest profile matters, including multi-campus university systems in large-scale government investigations and in proactive compliance reviews and audits (Clery Act, Title IX, Title IV, Title II, minors on campus) and defending institutions in front-page news lawsuits, including allegations of hazing, child abuse, sexual violence, student death, suicide, faculty dismissal, racial discrimination, ADA discrimination, and more.
Insurance Litigation The Insurance Practice represents insurance industry clients in litigation in the United States and abroad. We litigate in many forums – including private arbitration and in federal and state courts – and in various substantive areas, including coverage for environmental, asbestos and other mass tort liabilities, coverage under professional liability, E&O, D&O, fiduciary claims and other insuring provisions, and claims and matters relating to life insurance and long term care insurance. Our insurance litigators have also represented a number of large, national insurers in putative class action suits challenging a variety of different business practices in the sale of insurance policies, billing and collection practices, claims administration and payment practices and policy administration practices.
Construction Litigation Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Construction Practice provides experienced counsel throughout the life cycle of projects – from planning and contracting through project performance and dispute resolution – to clients across the country and around the globe. Due to our extensive knowledge on construction – ranging from project-specific matters to ongoing developments – our team is well equipped to handle disputes of any variety. We regularly practice before the Agency Boards of Contract Appeals, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have prosecuted and defended GAO, GSBCA, EPA and DOT protests, as well as Small Business Administration Size Appeals, and a variety of labor matters. Our conflict resolution experience includes representations in allegations of defective pricing, defective design, delay and inefficiency claims and time extensions, payment and performance bond sureties claims, among others.
White Collar and Government Litigation Whether it is a search warrant, interrogation, subpoena, grand jury appearance, whistleblower claim or civil investigative demand, our White Collar and Government Litigation attorneys are prepared to respond quickly, conduct internal investigations, master the facts, and provide trustworthy and reliable counsel. As former federal prosecutors and regulators our attorneys have direct, practical experience to help our clients enhance their compliance procedures and to rigorously defend them against government investigations. We regularly handle ethics and compliance-related investigations involving a variety of regulations including: the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybersecurity, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U.S. government contracts, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, securities, and government lobbying activities, among others.