Iain focuses on the defense of companies in product liability litigation before both state and federal courts. Iain has experience representing major U.S. and international corporations and individual clients in all phases of the litigation process, including motion practice, discovery, trial preparation and trial and settlement. He routinely represents corporations in the defense of class actions, multi-district litigation, and other complex and high-stakes litigation. Iain has represented clients in litigation involving hormone therapy medication, orthopedic implants, surgical sheeting, epinephrine injectors and catheters. He has argued motions on behalf of clients in both state and federal court, including recently successfully arguing a motion for summary judgment in Texas state court.
His prior experience includes serving as a law clerk for The Hon. Hilda G. Tagle of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and an internship for The Hon. Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., former Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Prior to joining Shook, he was a litigation associate with the New York office of an international law firm. Throughout his career, Iain has been committed to the pro bono representation of juveniles in immigration proceedings, in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Iain received his law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law and an editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
Lori McGroder & Iain L. Kennedy, When Coordination Isn't Key: Why and How to Oppose MDL Centralization, Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, May 23, 2016.
James P. Muehlberger, Lori McGroder & Iain Kennedy, Oversize Drug Packaging Suits Are A 'Waste' For Plaintiffs, Law360, March 10, 2016.
James P. Muehlberger & Iain L. Kennedy, The Glass Half-Empty Class Action: Slack-Fill Litigation, Law360, August 3, 2015.
Hildy Sastre & Iain Kennedy, Product Liability In The Age Of Global Pandemics, Law360, December 17, 2014.
Mihai Vrasmasu & Iain Kennedy, Thinking About Moving for Reconsideration of an Interlocutory Order? Take Your Time, Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, November 2011, at 7.
Co-author, In re DBSD North America, Inc.: Second Circuit Addresses a Trio of Issues, AIRA Journal, March/April 2011, at 1.