Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Kansas City-based Shook Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. The firm is also known for its innovative fee structures, and has been recognized for providing top-notch representation at a good value to clients.

Founded in 1889 by attorney Frank Sebree, a former Missouri state legislator, Shook Hardy & Bacon handled railroad work and went after local political corruption in the firm's early years. The firm has been around long enough to have played a part in Wild West outlaw lore-one of the firm's early partners, Henry McDougal, helped a wealthy farmer file a civil lawsuit against famed bandits Jesse and Frank James after they stole his horse at gunpoint after robbing a bank.

Later, famed trial lawyer David Hardy joined the firm, tackling the first anti-smoking suit in Missouri as lead counsel for Philip Morris in 1962. Hardy's performance in that case attracted attention from the rest of the industry-five of the six largest tobacco companies eventually hired the firm to helm their litigation defense. The firm quickly gained a reputation for being incredibly thorough in pre-trial investigation and preparation and soon after was tapped by the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for its litigation expertise, which was followed by the automotive industry looking to Shook for litigation defense strategies.

Shook Hardy & Bacon has since grown exponentially in the last few decades thanks in large part to its successes on behalf of tobacco, pharmaceutical and medical device and automotive companies, but also more recently for its growth into intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort, and labor and employment litigation. In 1990 the firm had just 155 lawyers, but by 2008 it had more than 500-with nearly 120 attorneys devoting their practice to intellectual property and environmental and toxic tort law. Although it now has offices in Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and abroad in Switzerland and England, Shook Hardy & Bacon still calls Kansas City its home. Both local and national publications ranging from The American Lawyer to the Kansas City Business Journal have given accolades to the firm.

A Scientific Defense

With a robust scientific infrastructure in place, Shook Hardy & Bacon's litigation practice represents the likes of the Altria Group, Pfizer, Inc., Bausch & Lomb and E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, as well as companies like Microsoft, The Coca-Cola Company, Toyota, and Ford Motor Company. Eli Lilly hired the firm to handle litigation stemming from oral contraceptive and vaccine lawsuits, and Shook Hardy & Bacon has also warded off class action against Sanofi-Aventis for alleged side effects of Ambien, a sleeping pill.

One of the firm's most unique assets is its sturdy behind-the-scenes science team staffed by more than 140 research analysts and paraprofessionals, many of whom have graduate degrees in specialized fields like biochemistry, neuroscience, engineering, genetics and physiology.

Branching Out

Shook, Hardy & Bacon's litigation successes go beyond the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. The firm has established a national intellectual property practice, and has expanded into food and beverage matters as well.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.


2555 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64105-2118
Phone: (816) 474-6550
Fax: (816) 421-5547
www.shb.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: John F. Murphy
  • Hiring Partner: Amy Crouch
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 464

  • Employment Contact

    Colleen M. Liesmann
    Director of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (816) 474-6550
    Fax: (816) 421-5547
    Email: cliesmann@shb.com


  • Base Salary

    Houston, Orange County and San Francisco
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,750/week

    Kansas City and Tampa
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,300/week

    Miami
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week

    Washington, DC
    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,850/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    16 out of 18 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Agribusiness & Food Safety
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Appellate Practice & Trial Consulting
    Arbitration & ADR
    Banking & Financial Services
    Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
    Business Litigation
    Business Records Management & Consultation
    Class Actions & Complex Litigation
    Climate Change & Sustainability
    Commercial & UCC
    Consumer Financial Services Law
    Corporate Governance
    Corporate Transactions
    Cosmetics & Personal Care Products
    Data Security & Privacy
    Crisis Management, Security & Corporate Resiliency
    Design & Construction Law
    eDiscovery, Data & Document Management
    Emerging & Strategic Issues Management
    Employment Litigation & Policy
    Environmental Law
    ERISA Litigation & Employee Benefits
    Estate Planning & Estates
    Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
    FCPA & Anti-Corruption Compliance
    Global Product Liability
    Government Enforcement & Compliance
    Health Law
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
    International Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Life Sciences & Biotechnology
    Mold Litigation
    Nanotechnology
    National Amicus Group
    Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices
    Public Policy
    Real Estate
    Retail Property Strategies
    Securities Litigation
    Tax
    Tort & Toxic Tort

Major Office Locations

  • Kansas City, MO (HQ)
  • Denver, CO
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • Orange County, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, DC
  • Geneva
  • London
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