Van H. Beckwith

Department Chair - Litigation (Firmwide) Partner

Van Beckwith


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Van Beckwith is a first-chair trial attorney with more than 28 years of experience trying some of the largest and most complex cases and arbitrations across the nation. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was elected by trial lawyers across the country into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Van's most recent trials include:

  • Defending a jury trial for $1.4 billion in actual plus punitive damages 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" and "Big Deals/Big Suits" honors and the case was also profiled in Forbes and Bloomberg.
  • Serving as lead trial counsel in the first horizontal merger trial of the Trump Administration. The trial was hotly contested with 27 witnesses appearing live or by video and was the first known trial of the Failing Firm defense.
  • Defending a bet-the-company trial by a founder and chief executive officer to regain control of a Delaware corporation, which included first chair defense at trial in the Delaware Chancery Court and oral argument at the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Defending a major exploration and production energy company against claims for allegedly lost royalties and bonus payments arising from an alleged aiding and abetting of breaches of fiduciary duty. The case was dismissed by the district court and after oral argument at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defending class actions brought against various consumer products and other company including some of America's best known and enjoyed consumer products.
  • Prosecuting a plaintiff verdict and receiving 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.