Tim Bertschy: Heyl Royster

Tim Bertschy 2I 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?

My smartphone.

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.

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