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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
111 S. WACKER DR. FLOOR 51
CHICAGO IL 60606
ILLINOIS
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

The data and discovery strategies practice at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP showcases particular strength in providing advice on discovery issues in areas including mass tort, multidistrict and class action litigation. Patrick Oot leads the team out of the Washington DC office and is the key contact for issues about information governance, data privacy and discovery practices in technology issues. Kansas City based Jason Ward is thoroughly knowledgeable of the full array of document reviews and productions, Gabe Egli regularly represents clients in the pharmaceutical sector, and Jeremiah Winkler is a specialist in litigation. Associate Adam Shoshtari is located in Washington DC and is often engaged in product liability litigations. Denise Talbert  retired in 2023. In January 2024, Los Angeles-based consumer class action expert Michael Shortnacy joined the team from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Oot

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Horizon Therapeutics (Amgen)

Bayer AG / Monsanto Company

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

American Honda Motor Co.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Roche / Genentech Inc.

ParkMobile

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 1

Appreciated for its ‘thoughtful approach’ and ‘excellent judgment on how to handle overall case strategy’, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP has a strong reputation among leading automotive companies across a range of product liability class actions and MDL. Much of this work is led from its California offices, where the team has developed notable expertise in cases alleging traditional product defects, as well as an increasing volume of mandates involving autonomous driving systems. ‘Highly skilled’ San Francisco-based litigator Amir Nassihi has secured favorable results for clients at trial and the appellate level through persuasive argument of issues issues including personal jurisdiction challenges and class waiver arbitration clauses. Also based in San Francisco, Amy Alexander, who joined the firm in September 2023 from Gordon & Rees, enhances its already strong reputation in issues facing autonomous vehicles, joining the ranks of expert litigators including Frank Kelly and Amy Maclear. Orange County-based Janet Hickson and Los Angeles-based Michael Mallow (who is ‘very creative in developing strategies to defeat class actions‘) co-head the overarching automotive and machinery litigation team, while the arrival of numerous accomplished litigators from Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., including Michael Gallub and Homer Ramsey, enhances the firm’s ability to handle mandates from its New York office.

Practice head(s):

Janet Hickson; Amir Nassihi; Michael Mallow

Other key lawyers:

Colm Moran; Rob Adams; Darlene Cho; Frank Kelly; Grant Law; Rachel Straus; Amy Maclear; Michael Gallub; Homer Ramsey; Brian Carr; Amy Alexander

Testimonials

‘In addition to being very knowledgeable on developments in the law, the team exercises excellent judgment and are zealous advocates.’

The class action team is open to innovative approaches and strategies and plays to win, whether that is in trial, through motion practice, on appeal, or by negotiating the best outcome possible with opposing counsel.’

‘I am impressed with the team’s thoughtful approach to these matters and  excellent judgment on how to handle overall case strategy, motion practice, and speedy response to requests for legal advice or case updates.’

Amir Nassihi is a highly skilled litigator with a proven track record of success. His strategic thinking, meticulous attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to his clients make him an exceptional attorney.’

Michael Mallow is a leading class action defense attorney and is very creative in developing strategies to defeat class actions.’

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company

Hyundai Motor America & Kia America, Inc.

Mazda Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

Nissan North America, Inc.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

U-Haul International, Inc.

Volvo Car USA, LLC

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

Product liability work accounts for a significant volume of dispute resolution-focused firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP‘s docket of work, with the firm excelling in representing manufacturers across a range of consumer products. Many of the cases are high-profile class actions and MDLs, with the firm often securing national and regional leadership roles. William Geraghty has exceptional advocacy skills and has tried cases in state and federal courts involving a range of consumer products, including tobacco. As a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Kenneth Reilly has been heavily involved in defending the tobacco industry in class actions, while Kansas City-based Katie Gates Calderon, who excels in product liability litigation, also has deep regulatory expertise within the food and beverages space, regularly counseling clients on FDA and USDA compliance. Hildy Sastre co-heads the product liability team alongside Geraghty and Gates Calderon and is noted for her trial skills in particular. All named practitioners are based in Miami unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Hildy Sastre; William Geraghty; Katie Gates Calderon

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Duncan; Michael Mallow; Amir Nassihi; Kenneth Reilly; Sean Wajert; Annie Chuang; Michael Gallub; Jessica Grant; Patrick Oot; Homer Ramsey; Harley Ratliff; James Shepherd; Robert Simpson; Rachel Straus; Bruce Tepikian

Testimonials

‘Shook’s product liability team is extremely knowledgeable about the law, well versed in industry-specific topics and creative with their approach to tackling difficult cases. They bring a fresh perspective.’

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co.

Evenflo Company, Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Hyundai Motor America & Kia America, Inc.

Mazda Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

Nissan North America, Inc.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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

With litigation informing the majority of workflow for the firm as a whole, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP has deep insight into the strategic and procedural steps best suited to gaining an advantage for defendants in high-profile disputes. In the context of life sciences-related product liability, the team combines this core litigation prowess with deep subject matter prowess and substantive law knowledge to good effect, regularly working alongside the firm’s dedicated group of research analysts to provide an edge which often sees the firm prevail at an early stage in proceedings. Both based in Miami, William Geraghty  and Hildy Sastre are experienced trial lawyers, with both regularly taking the lead in high-profile bellwether cases in an a MDL setting.

Practice head(s):

Hildy Sastre; William Geraghty; Katie Gates Calderon; Tristan Duncan; Michael Mallow; Amir Nassihi

Other key lawyers:

Sean Wajert; Patrick Oot; Harley Ratliff; Robert Simpson

Key clients

Gilead Sciences

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

Drawing upon the firm’s acclaimed overarching trial skills and also benefiting from enhanced toxic tort and environmental subject matter expertise, following a number of key hires in recent years, including in its Missouri stronghold, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP continues to gain traction in the market, handling private and government-initiated cases involving toxins affecting air, land, groundwater and surface water. The firm has a ‘strong understanding of scientific and technical issues’, as well as forming the basis of many of the firm’s motion successes, regularly striking out the testimony of opposition expert witnesses. Kansas City-based litigator Brent Dwerlkotte is particularly adept at handling litigation involving complex scientific issues related to chemicals; he has been at the forefront of many of the firm’s highest-profile MDLs and class actions regarding alleged damage caused by PFAS contamination. Also based in Kansas, Dave Erickson has vast experience at handling class action and toxic tort litigation as well as environmental regulatory issues, including work relating to Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act proceedings. A ‘strategic thinker’ with ‘tonnes of trial experience’, Adam Miller  in St Louis co-heads the team alongside Erickson following the recent retirement of Mark Anstoetter .

Practice head(s):

David Erickson; Adam Miller

Other key lawyers:

Tom Grever; Brent Dwerlkotte; Jamie Thompson; Kirk Marty; Kathryn Larkins

Testimonials

The firm has deep bench strength and a strong understanding of scientific and technical issues.’

‘Adam Miller is a strategic thinker, big-picture guy with tonnes of trial experience – judges and juries love him.’

Key clients

E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company / The Chemours Company / Corteva Inc. / DuPont de Nemours Co.

Huhtamaki Inc.

Mallinckrodt, LLC

SPG (Passaic River Court Litigation) and SPLG (CERCLA Cost Recovery Litigation in Federal Court)

The Doe Run Company

Zoetis Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Relied upon by clients ‘for thoughtful and nuanced advice‘, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP‘s privacy and data security practice handles incident response matters, compliance strategy development, risk management, and privacy litigation. Al Saikali heads the team from Miami, bringing privacy litigation expertise with specific experience in wiretap lawsuits. Colman McCarthy, based in Kansas City, leads the team’s incident response work, including overseeing forensic investigations and assistance with regulator inquiries. Camila Tobón ‘offers extraordinary levels of partner engagement and knowledge’, assisting clients with data security compliance, AI governance and information governance from Denver. In Chicago, Matthew Wolfe chairs the firm’s biometric privacy practice, particularly experienced with class actions in the sector. Jonathan Wilson, senior counsel based in Washington DC, acts as a member of the firm’s incident response task force, including directing third-party forensic investigations.

Practice head(s):

Al Saikali

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shook provides the perfect combo of comprehensive legal advice with practical recommendations and solutions for in-house teams. I rely on them for thoughtful and nuanced advice to help our privacy strategy. I have worked with a number of other firms that are not able to provide this balance of excellent work product, clear and concise recommendations, and truly actionable advice.’

‘Camila Tobon and Colman McCarthy are the best privacy partners I have ever worked with. No matter what level of question or work I ask them to perform, I know I will receive a timely, high-quality, work-product that is not just a template that has been customized or a memo that doesn’t get to the point. They are responsive, extremely helpful, and provide business-orientated options and recommendations so that we can make the best decisions for our company.’

‘They are almost an extension of our in-house team, acting as true partners to our privacy program. I never hesitate to send them a question, jump on a call, or recommend them to others. I always return to Shook as the quality is superior, the experience is more personable, and the fees are more than reasonable.’

‘They are extremely friendly and humble, despite their expertise and reputation.’

‘A fantastic, pragmatic and knowledgeable team.’

‘Camila Tobon is exceptional and offers extraordinary levels of partner engagement and knowledge. Her advice and support is incredibly practical and collaborative; clients love her. She deserves far wider recognition.’

Key clients

JM Family Enterprises

Mutual of Omaha

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Praised for its ‘excellent practical experience’, the Seattle-based technology department at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP illustrates key strengths in tech commercialization matters, particularly those involving nanotechnology and AI products. The practice is collectively led by Amy Ragen, Kevin Swan, and Bart Eppenauer. Ragen is reputed for her know-how in the structuring of contracts for the SaaS and hardware procurement, while Swan advises clients on complex distribution arrangements and open-source issues and Eppenauer concentrates on cloud and software licensing transactions. Jake Ragen handles data privacy and cybersecurity concerns in addition to advising on the registration of domain names.

Practice head(s):

Amy Ragen; Kevin Swan; Bart Eppenauer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s professionalism, timely execution, and their instrumental role in helping our company achieve the desired results, truly sets them apart.’

‘Potential clients would greatly appreciate their commitment to excellence and their ability to deliver on promises. Their innovation in areas such as collaboration and tech integration further enhance their unique strengths.’

‘Excellent practical experience.’

Key clients

SABO Outdoors, Inc.

Insurance > Advice to insurers

The insurance team at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP works on various aspects of insurance coverage, dealing with complex insurance disputes. The team uses legislative measures to protect insurers and is involved in cases with major companies. The practice is led by three co-heads, including Rob Adams and Doug Beck, both based in Kansas City, with Adams having deep experience as a first-chair trial lawyer, and Beck specializing in insurance and reinsurance litigation. The third co-head, David Schoenfeld, is located in Chicago.

Firm Overview:

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation defense 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 130 years. Shook’s success in these areas has captured the attention of many in the industry. BTI Litigation Outlook 2023 named Shook a ‘Product Liability Powerhouse’ for the fourth consecutive year. For 16 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 The American Lawyer has twice recognised the firm for its Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year award. The Global Legal Post recognized Shook as ‘the most active defendants’ firm for product liability cases between 2015 and 2019,’ based on a report from Lex Machina. For three consecutive years, Shook has been ranked in the top 30 law firms in the US for client service, based on a client survey by BTI Consulting Group. Diversity and inclusion are essential components of the firm’s identity, and women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans and differently abled attorneys are valued colleagues. In late 2022, after a yearlong evaluation process of tracking and measuring the number of underrepresented attorneys in leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions to equity partnership and participation in pitch meetings, Shook earned Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0, an achievement of diversity in leadership.

Main Areas of Practice:

Shook is known for its abilities and accomplishments in litigation — more than 90 percent of the firm’s 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 acumen 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.

Innovation + Value Champions:

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 five times—in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2020 and 2021 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.

Clients:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Madeleine McDonough mmcdonough@shb.com