Commercial Litigation

Barnes & Thornburg is a national “commercial litigation powerhouse” that “represents an impressive national client base and has the depth to handle complex, high-profile national disputes.” (Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers in Business)

As one of the 100 largest law firms in the country with more than 600 legal professionals in 13 offices across the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta, we can serve your commercial litigation needs wherever they arise. In the last three years, Barnes & Thornburg grew and opened offices in Atlanta, Delaware, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Ohio, based primarily on the strength of our litigation capabilities. We have the geographic, personnel and technological resources – in addition to the skill and experience – to handle “bet the company” litigation. Because of our geography and goal-oriented approach, we can do so more efficiently than other national litigation firms.

Our successful trial practice and comprehensive trial resources distinguish us. Our lawyers have tried – not just litigated – hundreds of cases in a wide range of commercial, securities, antitrust, corporate governance, construction, intellectual property, and insurance coverage cases. Our work in national class actions has been widely recognized by our clients as innovative on certification and merits issues.

As a result, we have increasingly been selected as trial counsel in one-of-a kind disputes by a number of the country’s largest corporations in a variety of industries. In addition, the firm has represented our clients in every state in the nation, including the most challenging venues, and serves as national or regional litigation counsel for some of the most recognizable names in corporate America, such as The Valspar Corporation, Beazer Homes USA Inc., 3M Company, Whirlpool Corporation, and TASER International, Inc.

Our trial resources are unique. We are one of the only full-service firms in the country with a trial consulting and jury research affiliate, ThemeVision LLC. ThemeVision’s professionals include graphic artists and animators, as well as Ph.D. psychologists with national reputations in the study of jury decision making, judicial decision making, and courtroom persuasion. ThemeVision conducts empirical research, including focus groups, mock jury trials, mock bench trials, mock ADR, telephone surveys, and Internet-based survey research on a national basis. With that empirical data, ThemeVision works collaboratively with our trial teams, to evaluate cases, develop winning case themes and presentation strategies, and, overall, to bring increased predictability to the litigation process.

We also understand the complexity and burdens associated with litigation in the world of electronically stored information and have nationwide experience and resources to help our clients manage ESI issues. Our lawyers and staff have developed cutting-edge tools and processes to ascertain and recommend effective and cost efficient ESI strategies before responding to requests. We have implemented ESI strategies in virtually every state that help our clients cost-effectively gather, analyze and produce ESI. We work together with vendors to provide document review resources at reduced prices. Our thorough understanding of this continually-emerging legal landscape allows us to aggressively pursue and protect our clients’ interests.

As Chambers USA has recognized, Barnes & Thornburg is a “litigation powerhouse” with national reach. We have the resources and the passion, skill and experience to handle sophisticated litigation efficiently and effectively anywhere in the country.

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