IRVINE, Calif. — Janet Hickson has joined the Orange County, California, office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a partner in the firm’s national litigation practice. 

Hickson brings significant experience representing the manufacturers and distributors of automobiles, motorcycles, food products, consumer products, industrial equipment, and medical devices.  She has also represented entertainment and amusement park venues, in addition to handling a range of commercial litigation matters.

Hickson has successfully defended cases of all sizes, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  She has overseen national and regional defense counsel programs implemented to manage repetitive litigation involving design, manufacture and warnings defect claims.  She has considerable experience as national discovery counsel and regularly advises clients on a variety of discovery issues, including the development of effective, efficient and defensible electronic discovery procedures.

“We are very pleased to have Janet joining us in Orange County,” said Shook Chair John Murphy.  “She has an outstanding track record and her practice and industry experience is a great fit with the firm’s strength of defending large companies facing complex legal issues.”

Doug Robinson, managing partner of Shook, Hardy’s Orange County office said, “Janet is a great addition to our office and to the firm.  She has a wealth of experience and her practice’s deep roots in Southern California expand the scope and breadth of our current capabilities to serve new and existing clients.  We are excited to welcome Janet to our team.”   

Formerly a named partner at Hewitt, Wolensky, McNulty & Hickson LLP, Hickson received a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has 11 offices in the United States and Europe with nearly 470 lawyers meeting the needs of a diverse client base.