Brian Prestes > Bartlit Beck LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bartlit Beck LLP
United States


Brian Prestes specializes in leading and coordinating multi-firm defense teams in mass litigations, including products liability, mass tort, and complex commercial actions. Brian has nearly two decades of experience in many of the nation’s most significant MDLs and mass litigations, including: Trinity highway safety products; Roundup® herbicides; the Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak; lead paint; Teflon® nonstick coatings; and prescription drugs including Yaz®, Yasmin®, Vioxx®, Seroquel®, and Adderall®. Brian has been lead or national coordinating counsel in matters that have involved tens, hundreds, and thousands of individual personal injury cases, as well as state and federal False Claims Act cases, government investigations, and class actions.

Brian’s experience and skill in directing multi-firm defense teams and crafting both litigation and resolution strategies, combined with Brian’s advocacy skills, have contributed to some of our clients’ most successful results.

Brian presently serves as national coordinating counsel for Trinity Highway Products in highway-safety products litigation. When Trinity retained Bartlit Beck in 2016, it faced nearly seventy personal injury cases in state and federal courts around the country, four class actions, over a dozen state False Claims Act cases, and a nearly $700 million federal False Claims Act judgment. Working closely with Trinity and its existing outside counsel, Brian coordinated the defense team across all cases and jurisdictions and led the development and execution of Trinity’s defense. Since retaining Brian and Bartlit Beck, Trinity has significantly reduced the number of personal injury cases without a single adverse jury verdict, obtained dismissals of the U.S.-based class actions for zero dollars with only one remaining, obtained dismissals of eleven of the fifteen state False Claims Act cases, and won a complete victory in the federal False Claims Act case.

Brian previously served as coordinating and strategy counsel for UnitedHealthcare in the Las Vegas hepatitis C litigation brought by plaintiffs claiming to have contracted hepatitis C during procedures performed at clinics that were in defendants’ networks of healthcare providers. Brian provided strategic direction, coordinated six trial teams, and spent thirty days on trial in litigation encompassing over forty individual cases, pending before twenty different state-court judges. Bartlit Beck tried one case, resulting in a favorable jury verdict and subsequent settlement of half of the pending cases, and began trying a second case, which settled one month into trial, along with the other remaining cases.


The University of Chicago Law School, 2001, J.D., with High Honors

Executive Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Member, Chicago Journal of International Law

Wake Forest University, 1997, B.A., magna cum laude, with Honors National Intercollegiate Debate Champion

Senior Award for Distinguished Achievement in Communication

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

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.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort

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.