Litigation Law Firms: Unleash Your Fear Factor

Gain the Upper Hand in Litigation with Strategic Excellence

Fear can be a valuable asset in the world of litigation. A powerful strategy can halt your opponents in their tracks, leaving them with no choice but to adapt or yield. The most feared law firms possess the advantage of forcing their adversaries to react to their moves, allowing them to take control of the process.

Clients form their perception of law firms based on their behavior and the opinions of their peers. This year, clients have identified the following key attributes that make a law firm truly fearsome:

Unpredictability: An Unexpected Genus

The most formidable law firms are known for their ability to surprise their opponents. Gone are the days when clients could accurately anticipate the strategies of opposing counsel. The Fearsome Foursome, along with other renowned firms, stand out for their innovative and winning tactics.

Show of Force: Establishing Dominance from the Start

These feared firms strike at the heart of the matter by assembling a formidable team of talented attorneys right from the beginning. This display of strength sends a clear message to the other side: they are in for a much tougher fight than they ever imagined. Though it may come at a higher cost, clients are convinced that this approach offers the most cost-effective path to their desired outcome.

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Cutting Through Complexity: Swift and Decisive Solutions

The most feared law firms possess a unique ability to navigate complex legal matters swiftly and decisively. This advantage is particularly valuable as complex cases continue to dominate the litigation market.

Unyielding Commitment: The Bedrock of Success

Fearsome law firms are relentless in their pursuit of their clients’ goals. Their unwavering dedication is evident to all parties involved, including the opposition.

Introducing the Elite: Congratulations to the 37 Leading Law Firms

Let us celebrate the achievements of the top-caliber firms that have earned the reputation of being truly fearsome in litigation:

The BTI Fearsome Foursome—the most feared law firms in the field of litigation:

  • Gibson Dunn
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • Skadden

The BTI Awesome Opponents—the firms that fiercely compete with the Fearsome Foursome:

  • Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
  • Jones Day
  • Sidley
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Winston & Strawn

The Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll:

  • Arnold & Porter
  • BakerHostetler
  • Carpenter Lipps & Leland
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart
  • Clark Hill
  • Crowell & Moring
  • Diamond McCarthy
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Gray, Ritter & Graham
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed
  • Lewis Brisbois
  • Manatt
  • Maynard Cooper & Gale
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nossaman
  • O’Melveny
  • Paul, Weiss
  • Quarles & Brady
  • Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Susman Godfrey
  • Weitz & Luxenberg
  • Wigdor
  • Williams & Connolly

Being fearsome is a significant differentiator in today’s market. As the number of fearsome firms dwindles, the ones who exhibit true fearlessness stand out both to clients and their opponents.

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Discover how your firm can take advantage of the shifting dynamics in client behavior and spending for 2019. Adapt to the ever-changing landscape with insights from the BTI Litigation Outlook 2019: Changes, Trends, and Opportunities for Law Firms. Garrity Traina can guide you through the process.


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