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37 Law Firms Most Feared in Litigation

By October 17, 2018April 16th, 20205 Comments

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:


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.


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:

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

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.


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


  • Polly Hayes says:

    This all sounds great but for the ordinary person like myself who needs a ‘champion’ it’s confusing how to choose the right lawyer/solicitor and their costs.
    I need a ruthless, aggressive firm to tackle a Council Housing Team who are using their powers to prevent me obtaining a home by continually pushing me to the back of the bidding list; I put a complaint in regarding the handling of my personal data which has never been answered, the Housing Team have closed ranks to back each one which makes it difficult for the ‘odd-bod’ such as myself to be able to deal with this situation.
    So what and where or who is my next move?

  • What you should do is contact your state’s fair housing/real estate and banking department. They should go to bat for you and win.

  • dana kim logsdon says:

    i am president of a old company and see see a fraudulent case apon me and or my company and quite honestly am tired of the do nothing mediation situation to where two opposing counsil have worked together so many years that really nothing correctly happens. the status qou. i would like to see some refreshing kick ass honest lawyers using the truth of a case come out on top like should happen with some of these cases today.

  • Alyssa Boncore says:

    I wanna Sue the pants off a multi-billion dollar property company in Tampa Florida that almost made a 100% disabled girl homeless and for my pain and suffering from my mental disabilities I wanna Sue Richman properties but I am disabled 100% so I cannot afford a lawyer but this is a money Maker

  • Please call me let’s go after Richman Properties
    Alyssa Boncore

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