The 4 Firms In-House Counsel Fear The Most

By Andrew Strickler (September 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT) -- Four firms strike fear in the hearts of corporate counsel more than any others thanks to their relentless approach to high-stakes litigation and a knack for building legal teams that go for the jugular, according to a new survey.

Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP carry those traits in abundance, according to a survey by The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Mass.), and were recognized as the "fearsome foursome" firms in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2014 report.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with general counsel and law department...

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