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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:
  • Chairman: John F Murphy Managing Partners: Todd Jacobs (Chicago), Michelle Mangrum (Washington, DC), Kirk Ingebretsen (Denver), James Shepherd (Houston), William Geraghty (Miami), Doug Robinson (Orange County), Sean Wajert (Philadelphia), Tammy Webb (San Francisco), Bart Eppenauer (Seattle), Daniel Molony (Tampa)
  • Number of partners & counsel: 284
  • Number of attorneys: 505
  • Other US Offices:  
  • California Orange County: Tel: 949 475 1500San Francisco : Tel: 415 544 1900
  • Colorado Denver: Tel: 303 285 5300
  • District of Columbia Washington, DC: Tel: 202 783 8400
  • Florida Miami: Tel: 305 358 5171 Tampa : Tel: 813 202 7100
  • Illinois Chicago: Tel: 312 704 7700
  • Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Tel: 215 278 2555
  • Texas Houston: Tel: 713 227 8008
  • Washington Seattle: Tel: 206 344 7600
  • International Offices: The firm also has offices in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Firm Overview:
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation defense firms in the country. For 125 years, Shook has defended companies in their most substantial national and international product liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters. Shook’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 Shook 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 11 consecutive years, Shook 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; the firm has repeatedly been named to the IP Law & Business rankings ‘Who Protects Innovation in America?’ and ‘Top Guardian of the IP Nest’.

Main Areas of Practice:
Shook 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 devices, chemicals and automotive. In the past three years alone, Shook lawyers have tried more than 36 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, successfully defending clients against claims involving product liability, environmental and toxic tort, patent infringement, labor and employment and other claims. Shook has represented the industry’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers for more than 40 years. The firm currently serves as National Counsel in litigations for four 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 product 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 product liability remains a core strength and a growth area for the firm, practice diversification has allowed Shook to offer a variety of innovative solutions to regulatory and compliance challenges as well.

Unbeatable Value:
The American Lawyer reported that Shook ‘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 highlighted Shook’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’. Shook was named a Value Champion by the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2012 and 2013 for working with clients on innovative, collaborative and savings-driven approaches. Law360 reported similarly that Shook has ‘stayed on top in the recession, leveraging its Midwestern roots to provide unbeatable value to clients’, and the ABA Journal maintains that Shook 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 has represented three-quarters 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 an article on Shook. 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 Shook 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