- Chairman: John F Murphy
- Managing Partners: Michelle Mangrum (Washington, DC), Daniel Molony (Tampa), Doug Robinson (Orange County), James Shepherd (Houston), William Geraghty (Miami), Tammy Webb (San Francisco)
- Number of partners & counsel: : 259
- Number of attorneys: 453
- International Offices: The firm also has offices in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
- Other US Offices:
- California :
- Orange County: Tel: 949 475 1500
- San Francisco: Tel: 415 544 1900
- District of Columbia :
- Washington, DC: Tel: 202 783 8400
- Florida :
- Miami: Tel: 305 358 5171
- Tampa: Tel: 813 202 7100
- Houston: Tel: 713 227 8008
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation defense firms in the country. For more than a century, SHB has defended companies in their most substantial national and international products liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters. SHB’s success in these areas has captured the attention of many in the industry, including The American Lawyer, which recognized the firm as its Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year in its 2012 and 2008 contests, as well as a finalist in the 2010 edition. The ABA Journal has described SHB as the ‘darling of corporate America’ and ‘the firm many of the world’s biggest companies turn to at the first hint of trouble’. For eight consecutive years, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has also been named the Global Product Liability Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and named to the IP Law & Business rankings ‘Who Protects Innovation in America?’ and ‘Top Guardian of the IP Nest’.
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Shook, Hardy & Bacon is known for its abilities and expertise in litigation – more than 90 percent of its attorneys are litigators and many have advanced degrees in health and sciences fields. The firm has represented leading international companies in a variety of industries, including tobacco, pharmaceutical and medical device, chemical and automotive. In the past three years alone, SHB lawyers have tried more than 35 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, successfully defending clients against claims involving products liability, environmental and toxic tort, patent infringement, labor and employment and other claims against their businesses.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has represented the industry’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers for nearly 40 years. The firm currently serves or has served as National Counsel in litigations for six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, as well as for many other pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. The firm has also represented US cigarette manufacturers in product liability litigation continuously since 1957, and currently represents the largest US tobacco company as lead trial counsel in its pending litigation.
Over the past several years, the firm has leveraged its complex products litigation expertise to expand into several other practice areas and advance its mission of ‘being the best in the world at providing creative and practical solutions at unsurpassed value’. As a result, the firm has built substantial national practices in intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort litigation, employment litigation, commercial litigation, government enforcement and compliance and public policy. While products liability remains a core strength and a growth area for the firm, practice diversification allows SHB to offer additional services and expertise to its long-standing institutional clients.
The American Lawyer reported that Shook, Hardy & Bacon ‘approaches potential new clients with an underdog’s attitude’, calling attention to ‘the firm’s experience handling litigation as effectively as the New York firm next door, but for less money’. The magazine has been highlighting SHB’s use of alternative fee arrangements for several years. The American Lawyer also reported that ‘the firm’s Kansas City base also allows it to bill at least a quarter less than coastal competitors. Some 29 percent of the firm’s work is covered by alternative fee arrangements’.
Law360 reported similarly that SHB has ‘stayed on top in the recession, leveraging its Midwestern roots to provide unbeatable value to clients’, and the ABA Journal maintains that SHB has ‘defended everything frompharmaceuticals and medical devices to automobiles, chemicals, consumer products and foods’, adding that, ‘part of its appeal, according to clients, are lower rates than those charged by firms of similar size and experience in larger cities’.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has represented more than half of the current Fortune 100 companies. The firm’s clients include global industry leaders who demand proven legal strategies. As a result, the firm has developed long-standing relationships with many of its clients. ‘There is no short list for national counsel of a major pharmaceutical company that doesn’t include Shook’, said the former General Counsel of one of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies in a recent article on SHB. Another client added that Shook attorneys litigate like they’re going to trial, but not unnecessarily. ‘If a matter does end up going to trial, they’ll be in the best possible position to defend it’, the SHB client told the ABA Journal.