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Company Overview of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Company Overview

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. provides legal advisory services to corporate and institutional clients. The firm focuses on areas that include antitrust and trade regulation, appellate practice and trial consulting, arbitration, corporate governance, employee benefits, estate planning, and strategic issues management. Additionally, it provides business litigation, government enforcement and compliance, public policy, federal taxation, and intellectual property consulting services. Shook, Hardy & Bacon caters to agribusiness and food systems, banking and financial services, real estate, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and distribution sectors. The firm was founded in 1889 and is based in Kan...

2555 Grand Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64108

United States

Founded in 1889





Key Executives for Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Key Developments

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Elects Madeleine McDonough to a Five-Year Term as Chair

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. has announced that its partners have elected Madeleine McDonough to a five-year term as chair. McDonough, a former clinical pharmacist, is widely known in the legal community as a trusted advisor, experienced firm leader and litigation trailblazer. McDonough's term will begin on January 1, 2017. A 26-year veteran of the firm, she will succeed John Murphy, who has led Shook for the past 15 years. In 2010, at the beginning of his third term, Murphy announced he would not serve beyond 2016. Over the next six months, Murphy and McDonough will collaborate on a transition plan to ensure Shook maintains and grows its position as a go-to firm for complex, high-stakes matters. McDonough has considerable leadership experience; she is serving in her 10th year on the Shook Executive Committee and chairs the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Division. During her tenure, Shook has represented dozens of major pharmaceutical clients, including each of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies worldwide -- Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer, among them.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon to Open Chicago Office Next Month

Shook, Hardy & Bacon will open an office in Chicago next month. The Chicago office is the fourth office Shook has opened in a new city in the past three years. Other new offices included a Denver office that opened last June, a Seattle office that opened in 2013 and a Philadelphia office that opened in August 2012. Shook has a total of 13 office locations, including two in Europe.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Announces Appointment of Attorneys

Shook, Hardy & Bacon named 9 attorneys to partnership from the firm's Kansas City office, effective Jan. 1. Zach Chaffee-McClure is a member of the firm's Business Litigation team, where he focuses on claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty, defending class actions brought under state consumer protection laws, banking litigation, business tort litigation and appeals. Kristina L. Burmeister is a member of the firm's Tort group. Her practice focuses on the defense of companies engaged in technical services and manufacturing, and she spends much of her time handling cases involving significant property damage, fire suppression systems and alarm systems. Megan M. Egli is a member of the firm's Global Product Liability group. She defends corporations in individual and complex product liability cases. She has served on numerous trial teams and achieved successful results throughout the country in state and federal courts. Cory Fisher is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Prosecution & Counseling team, focusing on patent analysis, infringement and validity. M. Katie Gates Calderon is a member of the firm's Global Product Liability team. She defends corporations in individual and complex tort, product liability and consumer protection matters. Christine Guastello is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation team. She focuses on litigating complex intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on patent litigation. Guastello has worked in a wide range of technology areas, including coal combustion technologies, pharmacy automation, computer software, telecommunications, computer networking, Internet technologies, health care information systems and medical informatics, online gaming, encryption, and chemical compounds. Ann Peper Havelka is a member of the firm's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group and the Agribusiness and Food Safety team. In addition to defending pharmaceutical and agribusiness clients in productliability and consumer labeling class action lawsuits across the country, Havelka regularly counsels companies on matters governed by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture, ranging from facility inspection, labeling, regulatory compliance, recalls and risk management. She helps clients prepare for and interact with FDA and USDA and assists companies with corrective actions, product recalls and market corrections, and customs holds. Micah L. Hobbs is a member of the firm's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group. She represents clients including Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Company, Bausch & Lomb, Covidien and C.R. Bard. She has defended and managed national litigation on behalf of product manufacturers, including pharmaceutical, medical device and tobacco manufacturers. Her experience includes defense of complex cases, including class actions, MDL proceedings and third-party contribution cases. Elena K. McFarland is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Prosecution and Counseling team; her practice focuses on representing clients in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications in many technology areas. She also counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent infringement and validity analysis and intellectual property licensing.

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