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Holly Smith

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Class Action & Appellate Litigation; Product Liability; Tobacco; Firearms & Munitions Litigation; Consumer Goods & Services; Pet Care & Animal Health Products; Product Recall


Co-Chair, Class Action & Appellate Litigation Practice Group


Holly focuses her practice on class actions and complex litigation. She enjoys developing the factual record needed to defeat class certification—particularly when it involves developing a highly technical or scientific expert record. Holly has successfully defended class actions nationwide and has dealt with a variety of industry-specific issues and legal claims, ranging from consumer fraud theories to alleged environmental disasters to product liability claims. Holly has handled cases involving automobiles, children’s products, construction supplies, pet products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and tobacco.

Holly knows there is no one-size-fits-all approach to complex litigation, and she partners with clients to devise the best approach to suit their business aims. Holly also is an experienced class settlement negotiator who knows both how to negotiate and how to defend class settlements. In addition, Holly is an experienced multidistrict litigation (MDL) litigator who provides clients with guidance on the pros and cons of MDL treatment, as well as sound strategy once in an MDL.

Holly has been honored by The Legal 500 and named among “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.


J.D., University of Kansas, 1999; B.A., summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma, 1994

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP’s department is particularly active in food and beverages litigation, where the key contacts are Mark Anstoetter, Katie Calderon and James Muehlberger, and matters concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In one recent highlight, Chicago-based Matthew Sitzer successfully defended Ernida in a TCPA class action. The products team is co-led by Holly Smith and Ann Songer. The firm strengthened its practice with the January 2018 hire of three litigators from Sedgwick LLP, namely Michael Healy, Wyne Wolff and Emily Weissenberger. San Francisco-based Frank Kelly and Kenneth Reilly in Miami are other key figures. All named partners are based in Kansas City, unless otherwise stated.

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