Firm Profile > Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP > Tampa, United States

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
SUITE 2900
TAMPA, FL 33602-5810
United States

E-discovery Tier 1

The data and discovery strategies department at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP draws on expertise from analysts, project managers, technology experts and attorneys to provide a holistic approach to e-discovery and information management. Patrick Oot jointly heads the practice group and is deeply experienced in pre-trial litigation and government investigations, often acting for large multinational corporations. Practice co-head Denise Talbert is based in Kansas City. Adam Shoshtari is recommended for discovery, records and information management, information protection and data privacy. Mark Cowing retired in January 2021. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Oot; Denise Talbert

Other key lawyers:

Adam Shoshtari; Becky Schwartz

Key clients

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Bayer Corporation

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

With a client list of prominent automotive manufacturers Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP draws on a strong team of consultants and trial lawyers, who stay informed on cutting-edge industry issues. The team defends clients in high-stakes class actions and multidistrict litigation but also advises them on relevant issues such as risk mitigation related to cybersecurity vulnerability concerns or marketing and advertising. Amir Nassihi in San Francisco, a class action expert with an excellent track record, leads the group together with Michael Mallow in Los Angeles, who has secured prominent victories for the automotive industry. Colm Moran joined the firm from Hogan Lovells US LLP in May 2020; he is an experienced trial lawyer with a focus on motor vehicle franchise law and class action defense. Frank Kelly is also a name to note in this space.

Practice head(s):

Amir M. Nassihi; Michael Mallow

Other key lawyers:

Grant Law; Colm Moran; Rob Adams; Frank Kelly

Key clients

Ford Motor Co.


Nissan North America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America

Mercedes Benz

Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler AG


Mazda Motor of America, Inc. d/b/a Mazda North American Operations (“MNAO”)

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

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP represents clients from a broad range of industries and has handled a variety of large-scale class actions as well as individual cases aggregated under multidistrict litigation or state consolidation procedures. The firm recently expanded its California presence with a new office in Los Angeles, led by Michael Mallow, one of the group co-heads. Co-heads Holly Smith, who has expertise in class actions, and Tristan Duncan, experienced in multidistrict litigation as well as federal and state appellate work, lead the group from Kansas City. While George Dougherty retired, of counsel Christopher Wray   joined the team from the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Kenneth Reilly in Miami remains a lawyer of renown in this space.

Practice head(s):

Holly Smith; Tristan Duncan; Michael Mallow

Other key lawyers:

Amir Nassihi; Jim Muehlberger; Kenneth Reilly

Key clients

Unilever United States, Inc.

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.

Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Speedway LLC

Shutterfly Lifetouch, LLC and Shutterfly, LLC

Simmons Foods, Inc.

The Chemours Company

University of Missouri

OSI Systems

PAWSitive Solutions, Inc.


DeLaval Inc.

Procter & Gamble

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

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP maintains long-term client relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies such as Bayer Corporation and serves as lead counsel in both individual and mass tort litigation. San-Francisco based Alicia Donahue, who has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of drug and device manufacturers, leads the practice together with Denver-based Paul Williams and Robert Adams from Kansas City, who chairs the firm's general liability practice. The firm expanded its trial bench in 2020 with Bob Limbacher, who joined from Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP and brings extensive pharmaceutical MDL experience.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Donahue; Paul Williams; Robert Adams

Other key lawyers:

Jon Strongman; Hildy Sastre; Bob Limbacher

Key clients



Sanofi US


Johnson & Johnson

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

The team at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP stands out with its broad expertise in environmental law, including regulatory compliance, transactional work and all types of governmental and private litigation matters. The firm defends clients in personal injury and exposure cases, public nuisance cases, Superfund lawsuits and enforcement actions brought by government entities, with a particular strength in defending against water contamination claims. It advises clients in a wide variety of industry sectors from chemical manufacturers and agribusiness to the mining industry. Widely recognized lawyers in the environmental space Mark Anstoetter and David Erickson based in Kansas City lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Anstoetter; Dave Erickson

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Thompson; Tom Grever

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

Although the data protection team at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP stands out in particular for its work in biometrics, the team is also very experienced in compliance and incident response matters more generally. The practice group is led by the Miami-based cybersecurity expert Al Saikali, and also includes Melissa Siebert in Chicago, a class action specialist with noted experience in litigation brought under BIPA.

Practice head(s):

Al Saikali

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Siebert

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.