Boston University School of Law

January, 2007


Philip S. Beck ('76) Honored with University's Highest Alumni Honor

On January 19, trial attorney Philip Beck (’76) was honored with a Boston University Alumni Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. Awardees are honored each year in the presence of alumni, students, families and guests gathered to celebrate this tradition.

Beck boasts more major defense verdicts (as recognized by the National Law Journal) than any other lawyer in the country. He represented President Bush in the Florida election litigation, as well as some of the largest companies in the world, including DuPont, Bayer, Phillips Petroleum and General Motors. The National Law Journal recently featured Beck's winning strategy from the first Bayer Baycol trial.

At BU Law, Beck served as editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude and received the Dr. John Ordronaux Prize, awarded to the student with the greatest overall professional ability. He went on to clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before joining the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and becoming a partner. In 1993, he became founding partner of the Chicago firm of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, where he specializes in handling complex litigation.

Throughout his career, Beck’s devotion to BU Law has been unwavering. A member of the School’s Board of Visitors and generous contributor and friend to the School for many years, Beck received BU Law’s highest alumni honor, the Silver Shingle for Distinguished Service to the School of Law, in 1999.

Read about Beck in the National Law Journal's "Designs for Winning" issue.