Firm profile submitted by Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation defense firms in the country. Shook has represented companies in the science, health, technology, and consumer goods sectors in their most substantial national and international product liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters for more than 125 years. 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 2012 and 2008, as well as a finalist in its 2010 and 2016 contests. For 12 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; and Shook was named one of Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year in 2015 and 2016. The firm has repeatedly been named to the IP Law & Business rankings ‘Who Protects Innovation in America?’ and ‘Top Guardian of the IP Nest.’
Chair: Madeleine McDonough
Managing Partners: Todd Jacobs (Chicago), Phil Goldberg (Washington, DC), Kirk Ingebretsen (Denver), James Shepherd (Houston), William Geraghty (Miami), Eva Weiler (Orange County), Sean Wajert (Philadelphia), Amir Nassihi (San Francisco), Bart Eppenauer (Seattle), Daniel Molony (Tampa), Gregory Fowler (London)
Number of partners & counsel: 298 Number of attorneys: 483
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, technology, chemicals and automotive. In the past three years alone, Shook lawyers have tried more than 30 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 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 liability litigation expertise to build substantial national practices in intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort litigation, data security and privacy, employment litigation, commercial litigation, regulatory counseling, 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.
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—the only firm to be so recognized by ACC three times—in 2012, 2013 and 2015 for working with clients on innovative, collaborative and savings-driven approaches. The firm has achieved this recognition by continually focusing on creating close partnerships and tailoring its service offerings to align with the client’s definition of value for a particular engagement.
Shook has represented nearly three-quarters of the Fortune 100. 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,
- MO 64108-2613
- Tel 816 474 6550
- Fax 816 421 5547
- Website : www.shb.com