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Madeleine M McDonough

Madeleine M McDonough
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Madeleine McDonough is the chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a firm recognised for strength in complex litigation. Ms McDonough represents multinational companies in a range of industries: pharmaceutical, animal health, medical device, food, cosmetics and beverages.

She counsels clients on food and drug administration regulations and product liability, toxic tort, personal injury and commercial matters. Ms McDonough advises organisations on preventative litigation approaches, policy and governance issues, emerging international legal developments, creative resolution strategies, risk management, corporate social responsibility and crisis management. Ms McDonough also serves as national e-discovery counsel for clients.

Ms McDonough was named among The National Law Journal’s inaugural class of litigation trailblazers and pioneers in 2014. She has been named a leading product liability attorney by Who’s Who Legal and a “Life Science Star” by LMG Life Sciences, and is listed in The Legal 500: United States in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2013, Missouri Lawyers Weekly honoured her as a “Mentor of the Year” for her long-standing dedication to advising younger colleagues, law students and high school students with an interest in the law.

Before her legal career, Ms McDonough worked as a clinical pharmacist in a large university teaching hospital and brings her pharmaceutical background to her representation of pharmaceutical, medical device, food and cosmetics manufacturers in product liability, regulatory and related legal issues. 

Ms McDonough is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI); the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and the IILP advisory board; the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA section of science and technology, where she formerly led the food, cosmetics and nutraceuticals committee; the Bar of the District of Columbia; the Missouri Bar; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; and the Kansas City Civic Council.

Ms McDonough served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. She earned her LLM in global health law from Georgetown University Law Center. She chairs the community advisory board of KCUR-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in Kansas City.

WWL says: Madeleine McDonough is a "superb" product liability litigator who advises and represents clients on a range of complex matters.

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