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Trial and Global Disputes

Barnes & Thornburg’s Trial and Global Disputes practice brings forward a customized, interdisciplinary team of first-chair trial and international arbitration attorneys who are ready to win for their clients in the United States and throughout the world. 

As businesses navigate the complexities of global operations, they are confronted with a mounting number of disputes arising from rapid technological innovations, heightened sensitivity for sustainability and accountability, supply chain complexities, and privacy and cybersecurity issues, along with regulatory challenges, manufacturing and production demands, environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, trade secret and intellectual property protections, and complex business disputes. Our trial attorneys aim to help our clients achieve the outcomes they need, whether this is in the courtroom or leveraging our experience in alternative dispute resolution methods. 

Our Trial and Global Disputes practice, which in certain ways operates as a trial boutique, is committed to helping clients achieve favorable outcomes in complex and high-stakes disputes, supported by over 350 litigators throughout our national AmLaw100 firm. This direct experience in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the International Trade Commission (ITC) allows our clients to benefit from our deep knowledge and relationships with attorneys, judges, and experts in U.S. and international jurisdictions. 

Our intimate understanding of court procedures and customs is advantageous in navigating the legal landscape effectively and efficiently for clients. Barnes & Thornburg’s trial attorneys have earned a distinguished reputation for their legal acumen, strategic insight, and ingenuity in navigating the intricacies of litigation on a global scale and across a broad spectrum of industries. We have been victorious in high-stakes, bet-the-company trials across the country and have excelled before the ITC, and American Arbitration Association. 

The firm’s historical strength in handling complex litigation and disputes inside and outside the courtroom, and across a wide variety of legal subject matters, provides clients with committed, strategic guidance and zealous representation. This personal attention and focused commitment helps clients through the various stages of litigation, from risk assessment and pre-trial negotiations to appellate proceedings. Clients often bring us in just before trials begin, when the need for a solid strategy is urgent, or to test theories and strategies when assessing trial preparedness. 

Our trial team leans on the experience of attorneys in key practices throughout the firm when facing significant legal challenges, such as complex commercial litigation, intellectual property disputes, class-action lawsuits, labor and employment challenges, cross-border disputes, aggregate or mass tort litigation, and major internal or regulatory investigations.

Barnes & Thornburg’s Trial and Global Disputes practice relies on its jury research and trial consulting subsidiary, ThemeVision. ThemeVision offers full-service litigation consulting with a team of scientists, lawyers, and legal communications strategists who conduct jury research and provide other litigation consulting services using innovative approaches grounded in well-established scientific methods. ThemeVision’s work is data-driven, combining science and statistics with hands-on trial experience and diverse perspectives to test issues critical to developing trial strategies. For two decades, ThemeVision has applied expert research design, cognitive science, strategic communication and courtroom experience, to gathering and analyzing case-specific data. ThemeVision uses that data to help our trial attorneys perfect their trial themes and strategies to win favorable outcomes for their clients.

Practice Leaders

Mark Nelson, Dallas Attorney

Mark C. Nelson

Trial and Global Disputes Co-Chair


P (214) 258-4140

F 214-258-4199

Victor Vital, Dallas Lawyer

Victor D. Vital

Office Managing Partner
Dallas Managing Partner, Trial and Global Disputes Co-Chair


P 214-258-4124

F 214-258-4199

Mike Zogby

Michael C. Zogby

Trial and Global Disputes Co-Chair

New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York

P 973-775-6110

F 973-775-6102


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