Shook, Hardy & Bacon
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|Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.|
Kansas City, Missouri
|No. of offices||11|
|No. of attorneys||500|
|No. of employees||1,700|
|Major practice areas||Product liability, tort, business litigation, intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort, labor and employment|
|Key people||John F. Murphy, Chair|
|Founder||Frank Payne Sebree|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. (previously Shook, Hardy, Ottman, Mitchell and Bacon) is a U.S. law firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2012, The National Law Journal ranked the firm as the 87th largest in the United States.
The firm has practice groups in intellectual property, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, tax law, banking law, products liability, tobacco litigation, corporate and securities law, health law, insurance law, real estate, construction law, environmental law, employment law and antitrust.
One of the firm's longtime clients is tobacco company Philip Morris (now Altria). SHB also maintains a large clientele of pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly and Company, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Guidant and Wyeth. SHB also has an extensive roster of intellectual property clients and recently was named by Microsoft as one of its preferred providers for legal services. In 2007, Shook also won a $69.5 million verdict on behalf of client Sprint Nextel, against Vonage. Other clients include Ford Motor Company, Toshiba, and Sony.
William H. Colby, an attorney at the firm, represented Nancy Cruzan (by way of her parents) in the right-to-die case, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, as part of Shook's pro bono work.
Relationship with tobacco companies
The firm has represented five of the six major U.S. tobacco companies: American Brands, Brown & Williamson, RJR Nabisco, Philip Morris Inc. (now Altria Group) and Loews Inc.; a 1992 New York Times article about the firm was titled "'Tobacco' Its Middle Name, Law Firm Thrives, for Now."
In 1992, a federal judge all but accused the firm of orchestrating fraud on behalf of the tobacco industry and exerting attorney–client privilege to hide facts about tobacco's health hazards during the 1960s and 1970s.
One of the more unusual features of Shook, Hardy & Bacon is that the firm maintains a full-time scientific research staff of 200 analysts and 125 researchers. These employees advise the firm's attorneys on technical issues in the course of complex litigation, patent prosecution, and selection of expert witnesses.
Notable lawyers and alumni
- John Murphy, Chairman
- Robert Adams, Tort Section Chair
- Walter Cofer, Product Liability Partner
- Michael Gross, Intellectual Property Section Co-Chair
- Frank Kelly, Product Liability Partner
- Madeleine McDonough, Agribusiness & Food Safety Practice Co-Chair
- Bruce Tepikian, Product Liability Partner
- David Thorne, Product Liability Partner
- Martha Warren, National Product Liability Division Managing Partner
- George Wolf, General Litigation Division Chair
- Gene Voigts, General Counsel
- William Johnsmeyer, Chief Operating Officer
Office management
- James Shepherd, Houston Managing Partner
- Simon Castley, London Managing Partner
- Bill Geraghty, Miami Managing Partner
- Doug Robinson, Orange County Managing Partner
- Tammy Webb, San Francisco Managing Partner
- Daniel Molony, Tampa Managing Partner
- Michelle Mangrum, Washington, D.C. Managing Partner
- Sean Wajert, Philadelphia Managing Partner
- Vince Gunter, former captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, received a Bronze Star in the Iraq War.
- Jolie Justus, Missouri State Senate Minority Leader.
- Bryan Pratt, Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Houston, Texas
- Irvine, California
- Miami, Florida
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- San Francisco, California
- Tampa, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
- Orange County, California
- Seattle, Washington
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