Ms. Byard's practice is devoted to defending manufacturers of products such as consumer goods, respiratory and patient monitoring devices, women's health products, and animal health products. She also represents retailers in product liability litigation and provides counseling on food and beverage labeling. Ms. Byard is frequently called upon to provide liability forecasting analysis and has considerable experience defending clients' e-discovery and document preservation and production practices.

Ms. Byard is uniquely passionate about informal fact investigation; product identification issues; proximate and contributory causes defenses; multidistrict litigation and judicial panel of multidistrict litigation practice; as well as reasonableness and proportionality in discovery; demonstrative evidence; and management of complex trial disclosures. Ms. Byard has taken and defended depositions in hundreds of cases and appeared before courts across the country.

Before joining Shook, Ms. Byard excelled in NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, defending cases in immigration court and working with advocacy organizations to achieve policy goals. She was an NYU Law Women co-chair and held the positions of staff and associate editor with the NYU Review of Law & Social Change.

Before law school, Ms. Byard was a University Scholar at the University of Kansas, which identified her as one of the top 20 scholars in her class. She graduated cum laude and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. She is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Italian.


Clinical Trials on Trial, Drug Information Association's 47th Annual Meeting, June 19-23, 2011.