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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Kansas City

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP - Kansas City
  • 2555 Grand Boulevard
  • Kansas City
  • Missouri
  • USA
  • MO 64108-2613
  • Tel:816 474 6550
  • Fax:816 421 5547
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: John F Murphy
  • Managing Partners: Michelle Mangrum (Washington, DC), Daniel Molony (Tampa), Doug Robinson (Orange County), James Shepherd (Houston), William Geraghty (Miami), Sean Wajert (Philadelphia), Tammy Webb (San Francisco), Bart Eppenauer (Seattle)
  • Number of partners & counsel: 258
  • Number of attorneys: 454
  • 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
  • Texas  
  • Houston  Tel: 713 227 8008
  • Washington  
  • Seattle Tel: 206-344-7600

Firm Overview:
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 10 consecutive years, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has also been named the Product Liability Defense 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’. 

Main Areas of Practice:
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 more than 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.

In recent 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, data security and privacy, 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 has allowed SHB to offer a variety of innovative solutions to regulatory and compliance challenges as well.

Unbeatable Value:
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 35 to 40 percent of the firm’s work is covered by alternative fee arrangements’. SHB was named a “Value Champion” by the Association of Corporate Counsel in both 2012 and 2013 for working with clients on innovative, collaborative and savings-driven approaches to joint defense.

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 from pharmaceuticals 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.


  • 2555 Grand Boulevard,
  • Kansas City,
  • Missouri
  • USA
  • MO 64108-2613
  • Tel 816 474 6550
  • Fax 816 421 5547
  • Website : www.shb.com

Litigation - Florida

What the team is known for Best known for its experience in product liability defense matters, most notably for the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. Also handles general business cases for commercial clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a very seasoned, accomplished litigation firm with a presence throughout the country."

Notable practitioners  

Client identify Kenneth Reilly as a "top-notch trial attorney." He defends product liability class actions for major tobacco clients.

Clients report that "high-profile litigator" Edward Moss "does an exceptional job" in business-critical cases. Peers note his "great reputation" as a senior product liability trial lawyer, particularly for tobacco companies.

Trial lawyer William Geraghty is singled out for his work on high-value Engle progeny cases for Philip Morris USA.

Environment - Missouri

What the team is known for A large department with a strong nationwide reputation for environmental law and litigation. Highly regarded for Superfund and other regulatory work, mass toxic tort lawsuits, litigation avoidance and compliance counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely responsive and think outside the box on how to address issues."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Anstoetter is held "in the highest regard" by market peers. His practice focuses on environmental and toxic torts. One source said: "His technical performance has been excellent and his broad counsel has been invaluable."

David Erickson is held in high esteem by peers for his "great litigation work." He is known for his expertise in matters related to Superfund sites.

Terry Satterlee focuses on complex environmental regulatory disputes. Market sources highlight her strong remediation and Superfund work.

Thomas Grever is known for his strong regulatory work. He is described as an excellent and "extremely responsive" lawyer.

Intellectual Property - Missouri

What the team is known for Well-established Kansas City team that leverages its firmwide expertise in litigation and enjoys a reputation for strength in patent and trademark litigation. Also active in a diverse range of IP counseling and patent prosecution matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've always had a fantastic reputation for litigation." 

"A very strong patent group representing big-hitting clients."

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded litigator Trent Webb is described by one interviewee as "a great lead trial attorney, with competitive rates and who is practical and strategy-oriented." 

Mike Gross advises a number of household names on matters including patent and trademark prosecution, potential infringement and licensing. 

Labor & Employment - Missouri

What the team is known for Maintains a prominent firmwide reputation for litigation, particularly with regards to class action and EEOC cases. The well-led team has capability in both state and federal employment matters, and acts for nationwide employers, as well as local clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely high level of expertise and service." 

Notable practitioners

Kansas City-based William Martucci is "a phenomenal litigator and a great lawyer." He is lauded for his comprehensive knowledge of employment law and expertise in class action litigation.

Litigation - Missouri

What the team is known for Recognized in Kansas City and beyond for its expertise in product liability and toxic tort defense, particularly relating to the tobacco industry. Active in a wide range of commercial, environment and IP disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been excellent; I was impressed by the team as a whole."

"Shook, Hardy & Bacon does work all around the country. They have a national reputation in litigation."

Notable practitioners  

"Respected trial lawyer" Robert Adams is described by market sources as a "bet-the-company attorney," and is widely regarded as a leading expert in product liability defense.

Harvey Kaplan is highly regarded for his experience and proven track record in product liability cases. He is also an expert in pharma-related disputes.

Joseph Rebein handles a wide array of large and complex business litigation, including securities, financial services and class action cases.  

William Sampson has a broad civil litigation practice that includes financial services and product liability disputes.

Seasoned litigator Gene Voigts acts on both civil and criminal cases before state and federal courts. He also has experience of appellate cases.

Todd Ruskamp is noted for his deft handling of cases in the telecommunications, banking and bankruptcy spaces.

Eugene Balloun offers clients more than four decades of experience as a litigator, with a focus on antitrust, tort and insurance disputes.

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Large product liability and mass tort team with experience on mandates from a range of industry sectors. Particularly prominent on tobacco and pharmaceutical cases, while demonstrating expertise in toxic tort and automobile matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a broad range of product liability clients, and a great grasp of the science involved. They also have a very deep bench, including trial lawyers." 

"The trial team demonstrates unique scope and breadth." 

"They've gone out of their way to be flexible on fees."

Work highlights Acted for Philip Morris on a number of major litigations, including the Engle progeny litigation and other product liability matters.

National counsel to Boston Scientific in ongoing pelvic mesh litigation, handling a multidistrict litigation in West Virginia and consolidated proceedings in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Reilly is identified as "a top-notch trial attorney" by one client. The Miami-based attorney is especially singled out for his long experience in serving the tobacco industry, defending clients such as Philip Morris in recent years.

Harvey Kaplan is highly regarded as an experienced product liability attorney who is best known for his work in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Philadelphia-based Sean Wajert is praised for his "fantastic knowledge of class action law and procedure." His recent work highlights include acting for a major pharmaceutical company in litigation related to a diet drug.