Clients Name an Additional Most Feared Law Firm: BTI Litigation Outlook 2018

Fear is spreading. After 6 years of clients reporting 4 firms standing out for being the firms General Counsel don’t want to see on the other side of the table—they now see a 5th. These 5 firms are the most fearsome and are viewed as the firms who can make other law firms blink.

Clients consider this ferocity a source of strength as cases become more complex and exposures get bigger and bigger as a result. These 5 firms bring the following key attributes and behaviors to their clients:

  1. Unflinching confidence in their strategies and ability to meet their client’s objectives
  2. Ability to mobilize resources with the same level of passion and unwavering confidence as the lead partners (aka consistency)
  3. Skill in executing multiple strategies to ensure success

Clients tell us they see more law firms with tremendous confidence in their strategies but fewer firms who can mobilize the resources.


Please join me in congratulating the BTI Fearsome Five for 2018:

  • Dentons
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Skadden

8 firms are close to the BTI Fearsome Five in commanding fear in their opponents—these are the BTI Awesome Opponents. These firms instill fear in a smaller but still important audience of clients. Please join us in congratulating the following firms for their stature as a BTI Awesome Opponent:

  • Cadwalader
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • DLA Piper
  • Fish & Richardson
  • K&L Gates
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Sidley
  • Wachtell Lipton

Overall, clients talked about 83 law firms being more fearsome than most—up from 70 last year—accounting for almost 15% of all law firms.

You can see the full list of 83 law firms named by clients as the Most Feared in the new BTI Litigation Outlook 2018.