Firm Profile > Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP > Kansas City, United States

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
United States

E-discovery Tier 2

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP's team has experience across the spectrum of e-discovery matters, including discovery consulting and counseling, utilizing the firm's document review center and information management capabilities. It is led jointly by Washington DC's Patrick Oot, who combines experience as an in-house, government and private practice litigator, and Kansas City's Denise Talbert, who is a veteran of the e-discovery space. Mark Cowing and Gabe Egli are the other names to note in Kansas City.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense Tier 2

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP has particular experience with claims in the food and beverage and tobacco industries. Jointly headed by Walter Cofer in Kansas City and Alicia Donahue in San Francisco, the product liability practice continues to defend longstanding client Philip Morris in the nationwide Engle progeny litigation, having recently acted as trial counsel in seven different lawsuits. Stryker, Coca-Cola and Ford are also among the firm’s key clients. San Francisco-based Frank Kelly and Kenneth Reilly in Miami are other key figures of the practice. Miranda Soto left in May 2018 to join Shutts & Bowen LLP, while Eric Swan joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office; Nicolas Deutsch left to co-found Crump & Deutsch PLLC in February 2018. In Kansas City, Naoki Kaneko, Zachary Crowell, Jeffrey Elkins and David Swaney were all made partners.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense Tier 2

Headed by Walter Cofer and Alicia Donahue in San Francisco, the sizeable product liability group at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP has demonstrated ‘excellent strategic thinking capabilities’ in large product liability claims in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices arena. In recent highlights, Robert AdamsJon Strongman and Miami-based Daniel Rogers acted as national counsel for Boston Scientific in litigation relating to its pelvic mesh products, including an MDL in West Virginia. Further, Harley Ratliff is representing Sanofi as national lead counsel in ongoing litigation alleging that the breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere causes permanent hair loss. Stryker, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are also part of the firm’s client roster. In 2018, Miranda Soto left for Shutts & Bowen LLP, Eric Swan joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and Nicholas Deutsch joined Crump & Deutsch; however, Christopher Kaufman, Naoki Kaneko, Zachary Crowell and Dana Strueby were all made partners in the practice group. Unless otherwise stated, named partners are based in Kansas City.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense Tier 2

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP’s expertise spans environmental and chemical exposure litigation and class actions, from property damage and personal injury claims arising from chemical exposure and release of hazardous substances in the environment, to water contamination and cost recovery actions for remediation of groundwater. Mark Anstoetter and David Erickson jointly lead the toxic tort and exposure practice in Kansas City. David Swaney and Anthony Martinez were promoted to partner.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense Tier 3

Jointly led by Walter Cofer in Kansas City and Alicia Donahue, the product liability group at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP regularly represents OEMs from the automotive industry in class actions and product liability lawsuits. In recent highlights, Frank Kelly successfully defended Ford in a putative class action alleging that certain vehicles had defective relays in electronic power-assisted steering that caused the steering mechanism to malfunction. Additionally, Amir Nassihi obtained dismissal of a class action filed against Toyota regarding the soy-coated wiring in certain vehicles, which allegedly attracted rodents to gnaw on it and destroy the wiring. All named partners are based in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP’s areas of strength include biometric privacy, incident preparation and response, GDPR compliance, vendor management, international data transfer as well as litigation and dispute resolution. Practice head Al Saikali , from the Miami office, has been acting for a number of companies in several class action lawsuits based on alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The practice also assisted the village of Wellington in Florida with its response to a 2018 data breach that affected residents who used the Click2Gov application to make payments, such as utility bill, parking ticket and license fee payments. Automotive company JM and Apollo Bank are also clients. Of counsel Camila Tobón, based in Denver, in-depth knowledge of data protection regulations worldwide.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation firms in the country. Shook has represented companies in the health, science and technology 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 13 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. In 2018 the firm was honored to receive the Corporate Equality Index’s 100-percent rating for the 10th consecutive year.

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 pharmaceutical and medical device, technology, chemical, energy, food and beverage, 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 litigation expertise to build substantial national practices in intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort litigation, data security and privacy, employment litigation, commercial litigation, 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.

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.

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