Firm Profile > Bartlit Beck LLP > Chicago, United States

Bartlit Beck LLP
United States

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

Bartlit Beck LLP acts for clients in individual and consolidated personal-injury litigation as well as class actions, coordinated state-court proceedings and federal multi-district litigation. It has been involved in high-profile disputes such as the pelvic mesh and opioid litigations. Notable names from the Chicago office are Jason Peltz, who has a national litigation practice, Kaspar Stoffelmayr, who is experienced in major litigation matters for pharmaceutical companies, and renowned trial lawyer Philip Beck, who has been lead counsel in several federal MDLs.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Bartlit Beck LLP's Chicago-based team is active in disputes across various industries, including financial services, healthcare, oil and gas and technology. It is particularly well known, however, for its expertise in multi-district litigation and class actions, predominantly in the healthcare and life sciences industry. In a current matter, Sean Gallagher is serving as Pratt & Whitney's lead counsel in environmental tort cases against the company involving alleged property damage and personal injury claims. Also of note, Brian Prestes is defending Sterigenics against over 200 cases brought by more than one thousand plaintiffs alleging that emissions from a sterilization facility caused them to develop cancer and related illnesses. Also recommended are Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, who specializes in class actions, including product liability and antitrust cases, and practice head Jason Peltz.

Practice head(s):

Jason Peltz

Other key lawyers:

Sean Gallagher; Brian Prestes; Rebecca Weinstein Bacon

Key clients

Pratt & Whitney

Sterigenics US, LLC

Sotera Health LLC


Medline Industries


Monsanto and Bayer

ConocoPhillips Co.

Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC


Johnson & Johnson

Trinity Industries

Trinity Highway Products

Arconic Inc.

USG and L&W Building Supply

Elliott Associates LP

Federal Express Ground Package System

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

Bartlit Beck LLP acts for clients in individual and consolidated personal injury litigation, coordinated state court proceedings and federal MDLs. The firm has defended against both private and government litigants, and has expertise in cases arising under federal and state environmental laws, as well as under state tort and public nuisance theories. Chicago-based Jason Peltz has a national litigation practice, regularly handling cases before state and federal courts, arbitrators, and mediators. Brian Prestes, who has experience leading multi-firm defense teams in mass litigations, is another notable lawyer in the Chicago office.

Other key lawyers:

Jason Peltz; Brian Prestes

Firm Overview:

Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of courtroom success in complex litigation over the past 25 years. The firm is renowned for its trial expertise and specializes in trying and winning complex cases in federal and state courts all over the country. The firm’s litigation practice includes products liability, class action and mass tort, antitrust, intellectual property and general commercial disputes.

As a result of the firm’s success at trial, Bartlit Beck 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.

Unmatched Trial Experience:

Because the best way to win complex cases is with experienced attorneys, 80% of our firm’s attorneys are partners and our attorneys average 16 years of experience. In every year during the last decade, more than two-thirds of our lawyers have argued substantive motions and over half have gone to trial. And one-third of our litigators have first-chair commercial civil trial experience gained at the firm.

Recent trial victories include:

      • A defense verdict in favor of the firm’s client Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in a pelvic mesh implant case.
      • A patent infringement verdict against Eli Lilly in favor of Bartlit Beck’s client UroPep.
      • A patent infringement verdict in favor of the firm’s client DuPont against specialty chemical manufacturer Unifrax LLC.
      • A complete defense verdict in favor of the firm’s client Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a case involving a patent on Power Over Ethernet technology.

Unique approach:

Our experienced lawyers intensely focus on only a few cases at a time. Because each lawyer has a thorough understanding of the entire case, good ideas come from everyone. Every person on the team has responsibility for determining how to deliver the best possible result for our clients—and the experience, skill, and judgment to achieve it.

We are experts in explaining highly complex matters in a simple, straightforward manner to a trier of fact. Because of our experience, we understand that we win cases for our clients by showing the judge or jury the evidence, rather than telling them why they should decide in our favor.

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.

Bartlit Beck also aligns the client and its interests through a fixed/success fee structure.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Tom Finke 312-286-3166
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Philip Beck photo Mr Philip Beck
 Steven Derringer  photo Steven Derringer
 Sean Gallagher photo Sean Gallagher
 Jeffrey Hall  photo Jeffrey Hall
 Hamilton Hill  photo Hamilton Hill
 Adam Hofflich  photo Adam Hofflich
 Christopher Landgraff  photo Christopher Landgraff
 Chris Lind  photo Chris Lind
 Jason Peltz  photo Jason Peltz
 Brian Prestes  photo Brian Prestes
 Kaspar Stoffelmayr photo Kaspar Stoffelmayr
 Glen Summers  photo Glen Summers
 Rebecca Weinstein Bacon photo Rebecca Weinstein Bacon