Van H. Beckwith

Practice Group Chair - Class Actions (Firmwide) Partner

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Van Beckwith is a first chair trial attorney with almost 25 years’ experience trying all types of cases and arbitration across the nation. Mr. Beckwith serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and as the firm’s Partner in Charge of Recruiting.

Chambers USA has described Mr. Beckwith as an “excellent trial lawyer” and consistently recognized him as one of the top food and beverage class action lawyers in the country. Chambers USA has noted that our clients valued Van’s “not only cooperative, but also creative” approach and ability to “act with urgency or forcefully to advocate his clients’ position without being unprofessional.” His national trial practice has included specific work in defense of complex class actions, energy litigation, antitrust price fixing and tying litigation, environmental litigation, technology and intellectual property litigation, and food and beverage litigation. He is known for his work in defense of class actions across the United States and Canada.

His most recent trial and arbitration work includes:

  • Defending a claim for over $1.5 billion against one of the World’s largest corporations accused of trade secret misappropriation and tortious interference in a hostile forum.  The American Lawyer chose it for Litigator of the Week honors.
  • Defending a bet-the-company effort by a founder and chief executive officer to regain control of a Delaware corporation, which included defense wins at the Delaware Chancery Court and after oral argument at the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Prosecuting a plaintiff verdict and securing a related defense verdict involving allegations of breach of contract in performance of a systems and software outsourcing agreement for one of the leading and largest consulting companies.
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