The Product Liability Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

Product Liability Litigation can frequently turn into high-stakes work, but most organizations facing these types of potential issues are trying to minimize and avoid damage well before a full litigation trial develops. Clients are skilled in assessing risk and look for alternative fees to match. Clients want law firms who can assess and understand the exposure associated with product—and hire the firms who adjust their approach to match the risk.

You can learn more details about the best opportunities, how client expectations are changing, and the 51 law firms clients recognize most in Product Liability Litigation in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 8 firms as leading the market. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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PRODUCT LIABILITY POWERHOUSES

  • Jones Day

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

PRODUCT LIABILITY STANDOUTS

  • Barnes & Thornburg

  • Goldberg Segalla

  • Greenberg Traurig

  • McGuireWoods

  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon

  • Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for Product Liability Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

The Complex Employment Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

Employment Litigation will effectively stay even with 2018 spending. Although, the faster growth is in the large and complex matters. Clients are paying more for these larger assignments. Clients report continued need in the less complex segment of the market as well. Clients want to be able to manage their complex cases while managing the everyday work under alternative fees and delivery structure. Look for opportunities in Banking, Energy, Financial Services, and 4 other industries. 

You can learn more details about the best opportunities, how client expectations are changing, and the 79 law firms clients recognize most in Complex Employment Litigation in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 5 firms as Complex Employment Powerhouses—and 21 firms as Complex Employment Standouts. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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COMPLEX EMPLOYMENT POWERHOUSES

  • Gibson Dunn

  • Jones Day

  • Kirkland & Ellis

  • Morgan Lewis

  • Reed Smith

COMPLEX EMPLOYMENT STANDOUTS

  • Baker Botts

  • Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott

  • Carlton Fields

  • Day Pitney

  • Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Dentons

  • DLA Piper

  • Duane Morris

  • Hogan Lovells

  • King & Spalding

  • Latham & Watkins

  • Mayer Brown

  • McGuireWoods

  • Norton Rose Fulbright

  • O'Melveny

  • Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs

  • Pillsbury

  • Sidley

  • Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Troutman Sanders

  • Weil

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for Complex Employment Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

The Complex Commercial Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

More companies are facing commercial litigation matters than last year. Most of the increase is coming from the soaring rates of high-stakes matters—which is also putting pressure on the routine work. Look for growth in Consumer Goods, Food, Insurance, and Transportation.

You can learn more details about the best opportunities, how client expectations are changing, and the 80 law firms clients recognize most in Complex Commercial Litigation in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 5 firms as Complex Commercial Powerhouses—and 23 firms as Complex Commercial Standouts. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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COMPLEX COMMERCIAL POWERHOUSES

  • Gibson Dunn

  • Jones Day

  • Kirkland & Ellis

  • Morgan Lewis

  • Reed Smith

COMPLEX COMMERCIAL STANDOUTS

  • Baker Botts

  • Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott

  • Carlton Fields

  • Covington

  • Day Pitney

  • Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Dentons

  • DLA Piper

  • Duane Morris

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Jenner & Block

  • King & Spalding

  • Latham & Watkins

  • Mayer Brown

  • McGuireWoods

  • Norton Rose Fulbright

  • O'Melveny

  • Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs

  • Pillsbury

  • Sidley

  • Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Troutman Sanders

  • Weil

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for Complex Commercial Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

The Securities and Finance Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

After a flurry of new activity in 2018, the percent of large organizations handling Securities and Finance litigation dips back to 2016 levels. The companies still managing these matters plan to increase their spending in 2019—driving moderate growth for this segment of the litigation market.

You can learn more details about the best opportunities—by industry—and how client expectations are changing in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 5 firms as Securities and Finance Powerhouses—and 11 firms as Securities and Finance Standouts. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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SECURITIES AND FINANCE POWERHOUSES

  • Jones Day

  • Morgan Lewis

  • Sidley

  • Skadden

  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

SECURITIES AND FINANCE STANDOUTS

  • Covington

  • DLA Piper

  • Gibson Dunn

  • Hunton Andrews Kurth

  • Kirkland & Ellis

  • Maynard Cooper & Gale

  • O'Melveny

  • Paul, Weiss

  • Pillsbury

  • Weil

  • Winston & Strawn

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for Securities and Finance Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

The Class Actions Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

More than half of large organizations face class actions each year. What is different is the number of class actions a large organization manages in a year—this is noticeably on the rise. Combined with an increase in exposure of each of these cases, you have the all the conditions necessary for growth.

You can learn more details about the best opportunities, how client expectations are changing, and the 82 law firms clients recognize most in Class Actions Litigation in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 4 firms as Class Actions Powerhouses—and 22 firms as Class Actions Standouts. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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CLASS ACTIONS POWERHOUSES

  • Jones Day

  • Kirkland & Ellis

  • Littler

  • Morgan Lewis

CLASS ACTIONS STANDOUTS

  • Arnold & Porter

  • BakerHostetler

  • Carlton Fields

  • Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Dentons

  • DLA Piper

  • Foley & Lardner

  • K&L Gates

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman

  • Latham & Watkins

  • Mayer Brown

  • McDermott Will & Emery

  • McGuireWoods

  • Morrison & Foerster

  • O'Melveny

  • Orrick

  • Pierce Atwood

  • Reed Smith

  • Sidley

  • Troutman Sanders

  • Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

  • Winston & Strawn

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for Class Actions Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

The IP Litigation Powerhouses and Outlook for 2019

IP Litigation is poised to be the fastest growing segment within Litigation at 5.15% in 2019. The number of companies expecting significant IP Litigation dropped slightly. Increased spending plus fewer matters equals higher hourly rates and larger spending on each matter. These dynamics offer law firms opportunities to develop bigger relationships—more than offsetting the drop in companies with IP Litigation needs. Look for the biggest increases to come in Chemicals, High Tech, Manufacturing, and Pharmaceuticals. 

You can learn more details about the best opportunities, how client expectations are changing, and the 53 law firms clients recognize most in IP Litigation in the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

You can also learn why clients recognize 7 firms as IP Litigation Powerhouses—and 11 firms as IP Litigation Standouts. Please join me in congratulating the Powerhouses and Standouts.

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IP LITIGATION POWERHOUSES

  • Fish & Richardson

  • Jones Day

  • Kirkland & Ellis

  • Orrick

  • Perkins Coie

  • Sidley

  • WilmerHale

IP LITIGATION STANDOUTS

  • Alston & Bird

  • Duane Morris

  • Finnegan

  • Goodwin

  • Greenberg Traurig

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Kilpatrick Townsend

  • McGuireWoods

  • Morrison & Foerster

  • Pillsbury

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Learn more about the firms clients singled out for IP Litigation prowess in the newly released BTI Litigation Outlook 2019.

37 Law Firms Most Feared in Litigation

Advantage goes to the feared.

Good strategy stops others from acting before they start. The most feared firms make their opponents either stop or change what they are doing. Feared firms have the upper hand as the opposing side is reacting to your changes—meaning you can better drive the process.

Clients change their views on law firms to be feared based on law firm behavior—and what they hear from their peers. This year, clients point to these specific behaviors:

Unpredictable

The most feared law firms will do things their opponents don’t expect. Until just 2 years ago, clients felt like they could anticipate the strategy opposing counsel would take—no more. The Fearsome Foursome and other feared firms stand out for their new, unexpected, and winning strategies.

Show of Force

These feared client teams want to start off with a show of force. They bring a lot of talented attorneys to bear early and come on strong. This initial surge lets the other side know they are in for a bigger fight than they ever dreamed—and their client is wildly committed to getting the outcome they want. It may cost more, but clients are convinced it’s the cheapest way to go over the life of the matter.

Cut Through Complexity

The most feared law firms cut through complexity swiftly and decisively. This is a real advantage as complex matters are the fastest growing segment of the litigation market.

Unrelenting

Fearsome firms are unrelenting in meeting their client’s goal—and their behavior lets everyone know of their unmatched commitment—including the opposing side.

Please join me congratulating the following 37 law firms:

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The BTI Fearsome Foursome—the most feared law firms in litigation.

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The BTI Awesome Opponents—these firms are nipping at the heels of the Fearsom Foursome.

The Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll

Being Fearsome is one the biggest differentiators in the market today. The number of Fearsome Firms is shrinking; meaning the more Fearsome your firm, the more you stand out, to clients and the other side. It is the Fearsome firms who have nothing to fear.

Learn more about how your firm can take advantage of how client behavior and spending is changing for 2019—and what your firm can do to adapt, in the new  BTI Litigation Outlook 2019: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms. Available now.

MBR

(Research based on more than 350 in-depth interviews, with top legal decision makers conducted between January 11, 2018 and August 28, 2018.)

3 High-Performing Practice Leaders Share 5 Tips and Secrets

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Practice Leaders agree and disagree on a lot of things. But when 3 high-performing practice leaders agree, it’s a learning moment. I enjoyed having an insightful panel discussion with Rich Moche of Mintz, Tom Schulte of Clifford Chance, and Philip Sellinger of Greenberg Traurig at the Practice Management 2.0 Conference in Chicago. We focused on how to drive performance. Each of the 3 panelists presented a different perspective—but the following common themes emerged:

Prioritize

The move into practice leadership means an exponential increase in situations with an apparent need for attention. The solution—prioritize. Don’t limit yourself to taking a hard look at the list of items competing for your precious attention. Scrutinize and decide what you absolutely must do and can’t delegate—and what needs to be done now. Now does not mean just short term—now can mean starting strategic initiatives as well.

Prioritizing can become a second nature skill, enabling practice leaders—and their practices—to be more focused and get substantially more done.

Delegate

Delegation quickly follows prioritization in lessons learned. These practice leaders looked to see what they could delegate up, sideways, down, or to support staff in some way. Limiting yourself to downward delegation constrains the ability to leverage your time. Practice leaders are moving more towards using support and management staff to help get things done.

Embrace Other Professionals Within the Firm

Embracing other professionals is a key part of a practice leader’s strategy. This includes the Marketing/BD department as well as HR. But, the newest area of support is coming from practice managers. These individuals help with running the practice and ensuring associates are being utilized—both for associate careers and maximizing billable time. Some of these practice managers drive communications and act as the go-to person to try to resolve issues which may not need practice leader attention.

Learn Why Not What

As a relationship manager, partners want to know what their client really wants, needs—and how to make this happen. As a practice manager, your focus becomes: “Why did we win this work”? What can we learn from this to win more work? What did clients see as our strengths and why did we stand out? All the practice managers agreed—the only way to learn is to ask clients—whether they interview clients themselves or through 3rd parties.

Talk and Listen to Millennials

The generational divide is top of mind. Our panelists suggest the best strategy for understanding and getting the most out of your millennials is to talk to them—and listen to what they have to say. The millennials may or may not want to be lifers at your firm but—the more they are heard and believe their voice matters—the longer they will stick around. These practice managers also note millennials have a sense of how the business of law and delivery of legal services may be disrupted—as disruption is a routine part of their life.

Overall, these practice managers are optimistic about the future but don’t suggest it will be easy. Each is highly focused and has a clear idea on where their practices are headed—and what they want their practice to look like. Successful practices use different strategies than other practices. These tactics are among those defining the high performers.

The panel consisted of:

Richard H. Moche, a Member at Mintz Levin and Chair of its Public Finance, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Environmental Division

Philip Sellinger, who recently served as Co-chair of the Global Litigation Practice at Greenberg Traurig and currently serves as Managing Shareholder- New Jersey; and Regional Operating Shareholder

Thomas Schulte, Senior Counsel at Clifford Chance. Tom recently served as Head of the Americas Banking & Finance Practice and was a member of the Firm's Partnership Council, the supervisory board of the global firm.

I extend my deep appreciation to Rich, Tom, and Philip for their candor, time, and energy in sharing these thoughts with a captivated audience at the Practice Management 2.0 Conference held last week (October 4, 2018) at the Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago.

MBR

Litigation Powerhouses: The Law Firms Leading the Litigation Market

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As litigation (of all types) continues to become more complex, corporate counsel turn to law firms they know and trust—and can sell to their leadership with little debate. The Powerhouse and Standout law firms in the links below are the ones corporate counsel tell us they are turning to for their most pressing litigation needs in 2018.

The IP Litigation Outlook: The Powerhouse and Standout Law Firms

Why GCs are Hiring:

IP litigation is spreading to a broader range of industries as technology permeates more and more products.

The Class Actions Outlook: The Powerhouse and Standout Law Firms

Why GCs are Hiring:

Clients report any news or allegation of even potential wrongdoing is resulting in class action suits against them.

The Complex Labor and Employment Litigation Outlook: The Powerhouse and Standout Law Firms

Why GCs are Hiring:

Clients are acutely sensitive to large-scale labor-related issues turning into expensive and highly public issues—the kind which can sour class actions and attract the attention of regulators.

The Product Liability Litigation Outlook: The Powerhouse and Standout Law Firms

Why GCs are Hiring:

Clients are reevaluating who and what types of firms they want to use as the nature of Product Liability claims undergoes a fundamental change.

The Complex Commercial Litigation Outlook: The Powerhouse and Standout Law Firms

Why GCs are Hiring:

Clients point to the growing complexity of the relationships within their supply chain spurring sensitive, complex, and potentially large claims.

Learn more about how your firm can take advantage of how client behavior and spending is changing for 2018—and what your firm can do to adapt, in the new BTI Litigation Outlook 2018: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, available now.

The Complex Commercial Litigation Outlook for 2018

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Commercial litigation reverses a 5-year slump and picks up more planned spending. CLOs point to the growing complexity of the relationships within their supply chain spurring sensitive, complex, and potentially large claims. In addition, we hear about indemnity claims growing in the financial world while companies generally seem to be more comfortable in initiating large-scale claims than they have in the past 5 years.

Join us in recognizing the following firms clients consider the real Powerhouses & Standouts in Complex Commercial litigation in the just-released BTI Litigation Outlook 2018:

Complex Commercial Litigation Powerhouses 2018

Cooley
Davis Polk
Dentons
DLA Piper
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Skadden

Complex Commercial Litigation Standouts 2018

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Baker McKenzie
BakerHostetler
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Dechert
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Gibson Dunn
Hogan Lovells
Jenner & Block
K&L Gates
McDermott Will & Emery
McGuireWoods
Morgan Lewis
Paul, Weiss
Pillsbury
Polsinelli
Sullivan & Cromwell
Wachtell Lipton

The Product Liability Litigation Outlook for 2018

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Clients facing Product Liability actions report larger claims in a broader array of industries. A growing number of companies are selling their products on a global scale—meaning exponentially more customers using their products. Meaning exponentially more customers are exposed to potential product-related issues, providing more opportunity for plaintiff’s counsel to identify Product Liability cases—which can quickly result in a class action.

Clients are reevaluating who and what types of firms they want to use as the nature of Product Liability claims undergoes a fundamental change. As the market sorts itself out, clients point to the following law firms as the Product Liability Powerhouses & Standouts in the just-released BTI Litigation Outlook 2018:

Product Liability Litigation Powerhouses 2018

Cooley
Dentons
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Skadden

Product Liability Litigation Standouts 2018

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Davis Polk
Dechert
DLA Piper
Gibson Dunn
Greenberg Traurig
Hogan Lovells
K&L Gates
Kirkland & Ellis
Morgan Lewis
Paul, Weiss
Pillsbury
Reed Smith
Sullivan & Cromwell
Wachtell Lipton

The Complex Labor and Employment Litigation Outlook for 2018

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The complex segment of Labor and Employment keeps getting ever more complex. Clients are acutely sensitive to large-scale labor-related issues turning into expensive and highly public issues—the kind which can sour class actions and attract the attention of regulators. These issues demand client teams and client insight. Clients also see a growing group of law firms looking to carve out their place the Labor and Employment segment.

Please congratulate the following firms for earning the distinction of being named the Complex Labor and Employment Powerhouses & Standouts in the just-released BTI Litigation Outlook 2018:

Complex Employment Litigation Powerhouses 2018

Cooley
Dentons
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Littler
Morgan Lewis
Ogletree Deakins
Skadden

Complex Employment Litigation Standouts 2018

Baker McKenzie
BakerHostetler
Cleary Gottlieb
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Davis Polk
Dechert
DLA Piper
Fisher Phillips
Gibson Dunn
Hogan Lovells
Jackson Lewis
Jenner & Block
K&L Gates
Kirkland & Ellis
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
McDermott Will & Emery
Norton Rose Fulbright
O’Melveny
Paul, Weiss
Pillsbury
Polsinelli
Sullivan & Cromwell
Wachtell Lipton
Weil

The Class Action Outlook for 2018

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Class Action litigation keeps on growing. Clients report any news or allegation of even potential wrongdoing is resulting in class action suits against them. This can be seen in the increased number of companies reporting class action suits jumping to 59.0% this year, up from 53.8% last year. Top legal decision makers see the nature of the claims becoming broader and driving ever bigger exposure. Higher risk and broader assertions translate into a willingness to pay higher rates.

We congratulate the following firms named by corporate counsel and legal decision makers for their Class Actions prowess in the just-released BTI Litigation Outlook 2018:

Class Actions Powerhouses 2018

Cooley
Davis Polk
Dentons
DLA Piper
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins
Skadden
Wachtell Lipton

Class Actions Standouts 2018

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
BakerHostetler
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Dechert
Gibson Dunn
Greenberg Traurig
Hogan Lovells
K&L Gates
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Morgan Lewis
Paul, Weiss
Pillsbury
Sidley
Squire Patton Boggs
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case
Winston & Strawn