With offices in 16 locations throughout the U.S. and one in London, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has built a reputation as a top firm in a number of practices, but it is especially regarded for its expertise in complex litigation and products liability. Shook is a strong supporter of associate development, offering in-house training that covers topics including writing, negotiations, and trial skills. The firm is particularly well known in the product liability area, especially for its work on behalf of pharmaceutical, medical dev...
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Exceptional grades from a top school will go far in landing a position at Shook. The firm also prioritizes diversity in its hiring—something which carries into the firm generally. Associates are thrilled with the firm’s commitment to a more inclusive environment and note the diversity among the firm’s leadership. The firm’s culture is easy going. Social events can vary among practice groups, lawyers also get together at firmwide events. Associates feel like partners are invested in their growth and respect their work/life balance. Some wish there was greater transparency, especially as to compensation. Compensation is a sore point for some, who feel the firm is under market, especially regarding bonuses. When it comes to responsibility, associates can take on as much as they want ...
Shook, Hardy & Bacon is an AmLaw 200 firm with more than 500 attorneys who have helped build the firm’s reputation for trial strength in complex litigation. The firm is particularly well known in the product liability area, especially for its work on behalf of pharmaceutical, medical device, technology, and automotive companies. Indeed, Shook is among the Top 10 firms in Vault’s Best Law Firms for Products Liability.
Founded in 1889 by attorney Frank Sebree, a former Missouri state legislator, Shook, Hardy & Bacon started out with railroad work as well as local political corruption. One of the firm’s early partners Henry McDougal served as the special prosecutor in the murder trial against infamous outlaw Frank James, having previously helped a wealthy fa...