DALLAS, July 29, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Van H. Beckwith, a Litigation partner in the firm’s Dallas office, has been selected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL).
Created in 1954, the IATL is a group of elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation. The IATL’s bylaws limit Fellowship to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70. Fellowship is by invitation only, and Mr. Beckwith was selected after a comprehensive nomination and screening process by colleagues and judges. He is one of three lawyers in Texas to be inducted into IATL’s summer 2016 class, each of whom will be inducted at the group’s meeting in Park City, Utah on July 29 and 30.
“To be recognized by my peers and the judiciary and inducted into a group of such high caliber trial lawyers is a huge honor and really speaks to the exceptional quality, breadth, and training of trial lawyers at Baker Botts,” said Van Beckwith. “It is also a testament to the outstanding clients we serve in courtrooms around the country."
Mr. Beckwith is a first-chair trial attorney with over 26 years of experience trying some of the largest and most complex cases and arbitrations across the nation. In addition to trying lawsuits, he serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, a leader of its Class Actions practice, and as Partner in Charge of Baker Botts’ global recruiting initiatives. In 2015, Mr. Beckwith was selected as one of two “Litigators of the Week” by American Lawyer for his work in the $1.37 billion trade secrets case against Russian natural gas giant OAO Gazprom alongside Litigation partner Mike Calhoon. This case was also recognized in 2015 among American Lawyer’s “Big Suits."
Mr. Beckwith received his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas in 1987 and J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1990.
He joins Dallas based Litigation partner Rod Phelan who was previously inducted into IATL in 2004.