I practice in three primary areas — commercial litigation, governmental law, and serving as a federal receiver. The first two areas have been my primary practice areas for most of my career. I have worked as a receiver for the past 2 1/2 years. I enjoy all parts of my practice, which is challenging and ever-changing.
How has your practice evolved in the last few years; from your perspective, what’s in store for the next few years?
The primary changes I see relate to the use of electronic devices and e-data in almost every aspect of law. I first experienced this in 1988-89, and there has been no let-up since then. I think the challenge of the next few years is for lawyers to find a way to effectively control and manage the mountain of e-data that they receive on a regular basis, so that data doesn’t control them.
If you could offer one piece of advice for young lawyers, what would it be?
Remember that you have a life outside the office, especially with your family.
What is the one technological device you could not function without daily?
How has civility made a difference in your practice of law?
I have worked with lawyers across this state for over 35 years, as well as many lawyers from out of state. I have always watched carefully to learn what I could from these lawyers. One lesson is that, without fail, the most successful lawyers — in results, in the clients they represent, in rankings, and in their outside lives — are the most civil. That tells much about the value of civility in our profession.
What do you do for fun?
Play golf, travel, and read.
Tim Bertschy is a Partner at Heyl Royster in their Chicago office. There, he serves as chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice and Governmental Practice Groups.