Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Chair: John F. Murphy
Office Locations: Chicago, Denver, Geneva, Houston, Kansas City, London, Miami, Orange County, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington D.C.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation defense firms in the country. For 125 years, Shook has defended companies in their most substantial national and international product liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters. Shook’s success 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 its 2012 and 2008 contests, as well as a finalist in the 2010 edition. For 11 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 Lawyer; the firm has repeatedly been named to the IP Law & Business rankings ‘Who Protects Innovation in America?’ and ‘Top Guardian of the IP Nest’.
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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 of industries including tobacco, pharmaceutical and medical devices, chemicals and automotive. In the past three years alone, Shook lawyers have tried more than 36 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 leading pharmaceutical manufacturers for more than 40 years. The firm currently serves as National Counsel in litigations for four of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, as well as for many other pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. 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 litigation expertise to expand into other practice areas. As a result, the firm has built substantial national practices in intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort litigation, data security and privacy, employment litigation, commercial litigation, government enforcement and compliance, and public policy. While product liability remains a core strength and a growth area for the firm, practice diversification has allowed Shook to offer innovative solutions to regulatory and compliance challenges as well.
The American Lawyer reported that Shook ‘approaches potential new clients with an underdog’s attitude’, calling attention to ‘the firm’s experience handling litigation as effectively as the New York firm next door, but for less money’. The magazine has highlighted Shook’s use of alternative fee arrangements for several years. 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 in 2012, 2013 and 2015 for working with clients on innovative, collaborative and savings-driven approaches.
Law360 reported similarly that Shook has ‘stayed on top in the recession, leveraging its Midwestern roots to provide unbeatable value to clients’, and the ABA Journal maintains that Shook has ‘defended everything from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to automobiles, chemicals, consumer products and foods’, adding that, ‘part of its appeal, according to clients, are lower rates than those charged by firms of similar size and experience in larger cities’.
Shook has represented more than three-quarters of the current Fortune 100 companies. 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.
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