The BTI Litigation Outlook 2022:
Post-Pandemic and Beyond

The spending surge is about to begin. Clients are poised to tackle their growing backlog of litigation — and take on the growing new case load as well. This takes time and money — and the money is starting to flow to outside counsel. 

Here’s how the litigation world is shaping for up 2022:

  • Look for a 6.4% increase in outside counsel spending
  • Spending is growing faster than the caseload — meaning more money per case
  • The largest segments are growing much faster than all others
  • Key practices are enjoying a rebound in spending
  • 5 industries spending a ton on litigation
  • Clients plan to use fewer law firms for their bigger budgets — the stakes have never been higher

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Clients now face towering caseloads and have more budget to clear the litigation decks. They are less interested in settling and want to see new strategies both for defense and budget management.

  • 62% of clients are increasing their litigation budgets
  • 74% want smaller law firm rosters — and will spend more with them
  • They want firms who are likely to have their team intact for the long-term
  • 42% of clients are hiring law firms without pitches

Learn exactly how clients are hiring law firms in each segment — and how you can win all the new work clients have planned for the coming year.

Opportunity Heat Map

Hot spots by Industry and Litigation Segment

Immediately spot the high-rate opportunities in 8 practices in 18 industries — the most detailed roadmap to opportunity in litigation today. Target your business development budget, plans, and efforts to the absolute best opportunities in the market today. The opportunity map details all the opportunities and pressure points (most rate pressure) for:

  • IP Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Securities and Finance Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Cybersecurity Litigation
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Cybersecurity Litigation

Some Firms Have Unintentionally
Been Rebranded

60 law firms out of the 650 law firms serving large companies improved their performance.

They improved their standing at another firm’s expense.

Learn exactly how clients rank law firms in 10 key segments — and see how your firm and your competitors changed.

The BTI Fearsome Foursome

Threats and needs change with every step to the next normal. Clients not only assess the nature of the case — but who is making the
argument on the other side. These are the firms striking the utmost fear into the hearts of seasoned general counsel and legal decision
makers. The BTI Fearsome Foursome are the firms clients tell us they least want to see on the other side of the table in litigation because
they are relentless, cunning, aggressive, very smart, and play to win — and win big.

Please join me in congratulating the BTI Fearsome Foursome of 2022 for their
intense approach and fierce tactics in today’s ever evolving, complex and dynamic litigation market.

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


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The BTI Litigation Outlook 2022: Post-Pandemic and Beyond is based solely on in-depth telephone interviews with leading legal decision makers. This comprehensive analysis
trends data from more than 350 interviews conducted throughout the pandemic.

This research is independent and unbiased — no law firm or organization other than BTI sponsors this study.

Each year, BTI reaches out to a strategically designed group of top legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue. We target the decision makers in the industries who spend the most on legal affairs as well as thought leaders and innovative Chief Legal Officers. Our survey also includes Chief Legal Operating Officers and business executives who hire and influence the selection and hiring of law firms.

Participants are granted confidentiality at the individual and organizational level.

Executive Summary

The BTI Litigation Outlook 2022: Post-Pandemic and Beyond is chock full of insight, unavailable anywhere else.

It guides you through this new and frenzied market — and beyond. Discover exactly where to invest and target resources with precision, and see the 208 firms leading the litigation market.

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