Mr Sayler is a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon with over 26 years of litigation experience. His practice is devoted exclusively to litigation, and he has focused primarily on the representation of product manufacturers and other defendants involved in products liability and commercial litigation.
Mr Sayler joined SHB in 1987 following a judicial clerkship on the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. His practice has involved all facets of the litigation process. He has managed and litigated large groups of cases on both a regional and national scale. He has tried products liability and tort cases in state and federal courts throughout the country and has presented arguments in appellate courts. In the area of pharmaceutical and medical device products liability litigation, Mr Sayler has defended manufacturers of numerous products, including IUDs, diabetes drugs, anti-seizure drugs, implantable contraceptives, intraocular lenses, contraceptive sponges, ophthalmic products, prostaglandins, anaesthesia drugs, statin drugs and various non-medical consumer products.
Mr Sayler frequently publishes and speaks on litigation topics, and he has played a leadership role in various professional organisations and activities. He recently served as chair of the Defense Research Institute’s drug and medical device committee, and he served as the programme chair of the DRI’s 2008 and 2009 drug and medical device annual seminar. Mr Sayler has co-chaired the mass torts subcommittee and the pharmaceutical and medical device subcommittee of the ABA’s products liability committee, and he is a former chair of the annual meeting of the ABA’s products liability committee. Mr Sayler has made presentations before all of these organisations. Mr Sayler has also given presentations for, or is an active member of, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Drug Information Association and other organisations.
Mr Sayler has been recognised in numerous professional directories, including Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America (personal injury litigation); Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (nationwide products liability; the chapter called him “a great mind and a wonderful presentation style”); The Legal 500 (product liability and mass tort defence: pharmaceuticals and medical devices; the guide called him a “rising star” and “master strategist”); Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (“litigation star”); Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences; LMG Life Sciences; Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers; Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel Edition; and Best Lawyers in Kansas City.
Mr Sayler has litigated several hundred individual and class action products liability cases. He has tried lawsuits and arbitrated cases in state and federal courts in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. He has coordinated the defence of nationwide mass tort litigations and served on regional counsel trial teams for numerous product manufacturers. Mr Sayler’s appellate experience includes serving as a federal appellate court judicial clerk and arguing before several appellate courts.
Mr Sayler has represented product manufacturers and other parties in various commercial disputes, including contract and tort-based disputes between former joint venture partners, licensor-licensee litigation and defamation actions. He has also defended actions involving individual and putative class action claims brought by individuals and third-party payors.
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