Before joining Shook, Kathleen practiced for more than 12 years as a clinical pharmacist in a major teaching hospital. In this setting, Kathleen developed an in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. This experience provides a valuable foundation for her pharmaceutical and medical device practice.

Kathleen has extensive briefing experience in all aspects and all stages of litigation. This experience has translated into significant, positive outcomes for her clients, including:

  • a multitude of cases for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers being successfully removed to federal court, often under unique and challenging circumstances;
  • the successful dismissal of individual claims and entire lawsuits for failure to adequately plead claims under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure;
  • a winning summary judgment motion in a case against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, in which the pharmaceutical at issue was alleged to have resulted in death; and
  • a winning summary judgment motion in a case against a pharmacy, in which the pharmaceutical dispensed by the pharmacy was alleged to have resulted in death.

Kathleen also has extensive experience in all aspects of pretrial case work-up, including fact and expert discovery, both in individual cases and in the mass tort setting. To this end, Kathleen has been involved in a number of federal multidistrict litigations, including those pertaining to diet drugs, thimerosal, hormone therapy, hormone patches, contact lens solution, contrast agents, anti-psychotics, hip implants and defibrillators.


Gene M. Williams & Kathleen Frazier, Drug Manufacturers’ Defenses: Everything Old is New Again, 25:4 WLF Legal Backgrounder, Jan. 29, 2010.