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Bartlit Beck LLP
United States

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Applying the expertise of a high proportion of practitioners with first-chair trial experience, many of who have a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, Bartlit Beck LLP is regularly engaged as national and trial counsel in major class actions in the space. The firm handles a broad range of work, including defending clients in the sector against personal injury allegations, as well as claims of economic loss. Recent high-profile mandates have included representing a major pharmacy chain, as one of the co-defendants in the sprawling opioid litigation. Formerly head of litigation in the US at Bayer, Kaspar Stoffelmayr has tremendous insight into the machinations of the pharmaceuticals industry and is a key member of the team that also includes seasoned trial lawyers Philip Beck and Jason Peltz , who as part of their wide-ranging litigation practices have tried numerous healthcare-related product liability cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. All named practitioners are based out of the firm’s Chicago headquarters.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Bartlit Beck LLP in Chicago has a well-reputed disputes team that offers support in breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation/libel, acquisition-related issues, unfair trade practices, environmental issues, insurance coverage, environmental liability, consumer litigation, and class actions. Noted practitioners are Sean Gallagher, Brian Prestes and Jason Peltz.

Other key lawyers:

Jason Peltz; Sean Gallagher; Brian Prestes; Rebecca Weinstein Bacon

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Bartlit Beck LLP has a strong track record defending clients from a range of industries in toxic tort actions brought by both private individuals and government entities in state and federal courts throughout the US. The scope of this work has included cases involving lead, asbestos, fossil fuels, fungicides, herbicides, and PFAS, alleging contamination of air, soil, water, and residential dwelling interiors. Recognized as a 'very strong trial firm', it is this unwavering focus on and preparation for a trial which is beneficial to the client if it does reach that stage, as well as ensuring strong leverage in the event of pre-trial settlement. Brian Prestes is particularly skilled at handling MDLs and mass litigations and heads the team alongside Jason Peltz . All named practioners are based in Chicago.  

Other key lawyers:


It is a very strong trial firm.

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

    Philip Beck - Bartlit Beck LLP

    Work highlights

      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 Litigation 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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      Sara Anstoettersara.anstoetter@bartlitbeck.com312-494-4130