"The firm has stayed on top in the recession, leveraging its Midwestern roots to provide unbeatable value to clients.” - Law360
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. is an international law firm with a legacy spanning more than a century. Established in Kansas City in 1889, today the firm has grown to approximately 1,500 employees worldwide, with more than 470 attorneys and 200 research analysts and paraprofessionals. The firm has 10 offices strategically located in Geneva, Houston, Kansas City, London, Miami, Orange County, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
SHB is committed to being the best in the world at providing creative and practical solutions at unsurpassed value. We are deeply passionate about achieving the best results for our clients from the boardroom to the courtroom and sustaining a diverse environment where everyone is respected, feels appreciated, and experiences fulfillment and enjoyment through meaningful personal contributions.
“A Powerhouse. Truly one of the best litigation firms in the nation.” - Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s reputation as one of the premier national and international law firms is undisputed. Named the 2008 "Product Liability Department of the Year" by The American Lawyer and "Global Product Liability Department of the Year" for six consecutive years by Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, SHB has achieved favorable results for clients under the most contentious circumstances both inside and outside the courtroom.
Many SHB attorneys have been recognized for their outstanding professional skills and abilities by numerous professional organizations including Fellows of the America College of Trial Lawyers, Fellows of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellows of the International Society of Barristers, and Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
SHB is widely recognized as a go-to defense firm in a number of practice areas. Among the firm’s unique strengths are its corps of research analysts, extensive legal library and cutting-edge technology to support data safety and business continuity. In addition, SHB attorneys are committed to staying current on legal trends through Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
“People call Shook the world's largest boutique firm.” - In-house litigation counsel, quoted in The American Lawyer
Shook, Hardy & Bacon clients can expect prompt, cost-effective responses afforded by the firm’s central location and extensive technical infrastructure. SHB works with in-house counsel to anticipate and prepare for emerging issues, in addition to conducting integrative issues management through preventative measures, internal investigations or audits, public relations strategies, tort reform, litigation, regulation, and alternative dispute resolution. SHB attorneys frequently develop meaningful compliance programs, internal and external education and communication programs, document retention and technology plans, and crisis management plans on behalf of clients facing industry-specific challenges. As a result, the firm excels at appropriate risk sharing, early case assessment, and creative and alternative arrangements tailored to fit specialized business needs.
SHB clients include many of the world’s largest multinational corporations in the tobacco, pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, chemical, electronics, financial services, health care, insurance and reinsurance, construction and design, consumer goods, and food industries. These companies have benefited from the firm’s unique client extranet and its innovative approach to document management, electronic discovery and litigation support. Providing access to nearly 500 attorneys and a dedicated staff of research analysts with advanced scientific degrees, SHB has cultivated long-standing relationships in multiple industries subject to cutting-edge developments.
“Early on, the firm built a scientific infrastructure that is still paying off.” - The American Lawyer,
One of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s strongest and most unique assets is its group of more than 140 analysts dedicated to serving clients and their highly specialized business needs. Each analyst and researcher works closely with SHB attorneys to formulate discovery theories and trial themes; research and evaluate scientific and technical issues; identify and prepare experts and witnesses; and participate at trial. SHB analysts interpret complex scientific issues in understandable terms, a factor critical to a favorable jury selection.
More than 35 years ago, Shook, Hardy & Bacon pioneered the concept of coordinated management of nationwide and international litigation. In keeping with this trail-blazing tradition, the firm has invested in a business continuity model that seeks to anticipate information needs according to industry best practices. A three-pronged approach ensures that SHB remains at the forefront of the legal field with regards to the latest advances in technology, security and recovery efforts.
Business Continuity Program
SHB is a leader in developing, implementing and maintaining an integrated Business Continuity Program. Since 1990, Business Continuity has incorporated information security and disaster recovery activities. The purpose of these activities is to improve information protection, reduce the potential of serious business interruptions and ensure timely business resumption. Business Continuity performs business impact analysis, risk/vulnerability assessments, threat studies, security awareness training, and disaster recover exercises.
Information Systems Security Program
The Information Systems Security Program is positioned to protect sensitive information and technologies that support SHB automated business processes. Officially launched in January 2000, this dynamic program has been designed to supplement and enhance information systems security measures currently in place. With increased threats from hackers, activists and malicious code, this program must be constantly vigilant. Thus the application of technology, together with the support of all security aware employees, provides the framework for the firm's information protection program.
Disaster Recovery Program
The Disaster Recovery Program’s primary emphasis is to recover and/or restore critical applications and systems should a crisis occur. To be prepared, more than 60 disaster recovery exercises have been successfully conducted, recovering data and restoring systems. Exercises crossed international borders with “hot site” facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Vendor disaster recover centers are located in multiple locations, including London. Kansas City has a suburban facility under contract for emergency use. Recovery plans for offices outside Kansas City have been prearranged with area hotels and/or business centers for temporary office space.
The development and honing of legal skills occurs not only through extensive formal training seminars, such as trial-practice programs, deposition-skills courses and business-law presentations, but also informally through division, section and practice group training and development programs.
The firm conducts informative and eagerly anticipated CLE programs on a regular basis, and seminars for CLE credit hosted by several different SHB practice groups are also held throughout the year. The CLE programs, which often feature dynamic speakers from corporate clients' legal departments and state and federal benches across the country, focus on cutting-edge legal issues directly related to lawyers’ day-to-day practice. Examples include offensive and defensive uses of the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony, e-discovery, complex litigation issues, and ethics.
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Shook, Hardy & Bacon delivers exemplary client services in nearly 40 different areas of practice. The firm's singular attention to detail has netted Shook, Hardy lawyers extensive experience in high-stakes, complex litigation, experience which has led to the scientific and technical expertise that keeps SHB at the forefront of emerging global legal trends such as climate change, nanotechnology and pressures on global water supplies.
In addition to its well-earned reputation as an international litigation powerhouse, Shook, Hardy & Bacon is equally as renowned for its expertise in tort reform. Members of Shook's Public Policy Practice have been involved in virtually every major legislative effort involving civil justice reform at the state and federal levels over the past two decades. SHB has also developed a strong corporate/transactional presence in such areas as Corporate Compliance, Real Estate, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Financial Services.
SHB's experience in high-stakes, complex litigation has resulted in scientific and technical expertise that keeps SHB attorneys at the forefront of emerging global legal trends. The SHB network includes more than 500 attorneys in 10 offices.
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