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The Biglaw Firms That Sow Fear In The Hearts Of Opposing Counsel (2023) – Above The Law

When you work in-house and deal with company disputes, you want the very best lawyers in the world to be by your side, especially during times like these. You want a firm with attorneys so strong that opponents gasp in fear at the mention of his name. You want a company that is internationally known for going for the jugular vein and coming out on top.

But how can you be sure you’ve chosen the right company? BTI Consulting Group has made things just a little bit easier with the release of its annual ranking of the companies most likely to instill fear in the opposing attorney, as determined by a poll of company attorneys. After reviewing all the comments, BTI dubbed it “Fearsome Foursome,” the most feared law firms in the country. These are the companies that you Do not want to see the other side.

So, which companies are being honored this year for their ability to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their adversaries?

  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • Skadden

According to BTI’s Michael Rynowecer, this is why these companies give GC nightmares:

1. Brave
It brings great courage in the face of high risk, danger and unknown waters. They enjoy the challenge and opportunity.

2. Smart and super smart
Thinking fast, recognizing patterns, able to decipher and launch multiple strategies and bring everything they learn together.

3. Energetic
The fight brings out more energy. More challenge breathes new vitality in the Fearsome Foursome.

4. Mobilized
Act quickly – quickly but thoughtfully. Always with the right resources. The ability to think on their feet helps make this possible.

5. Without prejudice
The Fearsome Foursome just won’t give up.

The BTI report also named 16 companies as “Great Adversaries” — firms with attorneys who have corporate attorneys would rather steer clear of lawsuits (in alphabetical order):

  • Anderson Kill
  • Covington
  • Cravat
  • Dentons
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Hueston Hennigan
  • Husch Blackwell
  • Jackson Walker
  • Latham & Watkins
  • littler
  • manatt
  • Mintz
  • Paul Hastings
  • Slaughter and May
  • Susman and Godfrey
  • well

BTI has also introduced a further 26 law firms as “harassing adversaries” (ie corporate clients “prefer not to see” in lawsuits). Click here to see the full list.

Congratulations to all these hardworking companies and good luck to those who stand up to them in court – it sure sounds like you’re going to need it.

The 46 companies most feared in lawsuits [Mad Clientist / BTI Consulting Group]

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she has worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to email her with tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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