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Shook, Hardy & Bacon (SHB) has long been
recognised as one of the premier litigation
defence firms in the United States. For more
than a century, the firm has defended
companies in their most substantial product
liability, mass tort and complex litigation
matters, both domestically and abroad.
In addition to earning the ILO Client Choice
Award 2012 for the United States, SHB was
recently recognised by the corporate counsel
of Fortune 1000 companies as one of the top
four US firms for providing value, according to
the BTI Client Services A-Team 2012 Report.
The firm has captured the attention of many
others in the industry, including
The American
, which has recognised SHB in each of
its three most recent Product Liability Law Firm
of the Year contests (2008, 2010, 2012). The
ABA Journal
has described SHB as the “darling
of corporate America” and “the firm that many
of the world’s biggest companies turn to at the
first hint of trouble”. For seven consecutive
years, SHB has been named the Global
Product Liability Law Firm of the Year by
Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of
Business Lawyers
. The firm has also been
recognised as a national leader in intellectual
property, having been named to
The Legal 500
2011 national listing and having received
IP Law & Business
rankings “Who Protects
Innovation in America?” and “Top Guardian of
the IP Nest”.
Practice areas
Product liability litigation
Mass tort
Intellectual property
Employment litigation
Environmental and toxic tort
Class action
Complex commercial
Agribusiness and food safety
Public policy
Leading track record
SHB is known for its abilities in litigation –
more than 90% 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 tobacco, pharmaceutical
and medical device, chemical, automotive,
consumer goods, and food and beverage
companies. In the past two years SHB lawyers
have tried more than 40 cases to verdict in
state and federal courts, successfully
defending clients against claims involving
product liability, environmental and toxic tort,
patent infringement, labour and employment,
and other claims against their businesses.
SHB has represented leading
pharmaceutical manufacturers for nearly 40
years. The firm currently serves or has served
as national counsel in litigations for six 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 represents the largest US tobacco
company as lead trial counsel in the company’s
pending litigation.
Over the past several years, SHB has
leveraged its complex product litigation
expertise to expand into other practice areas
and advance its mission of “being the best
in the world at providing creative and practical
solutions at unsurpassed value”. As a result,
the firm has built substantial national practices
in intellectual property, environmental and
toxic tort litigation, 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 SHB to offer additional high-
calibre services and expertise to both new
and longstanding institutional clients.
Unbeatable value
The American Lawyer
reported in January 2010
that SHB “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
SHB’s alternative fee arrangements for years.
In 2011
The American Lawyer
recognised the
firm as an “extra-early adopter” of project
management techniques and previously
reported that “the firm’s Kansas City base
also allows it to bill at least a quarter less
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
ILO Client Choice Guide 2012