Shook, Hardy & Bacon Names 17 New Partners
Anna Knight is a member of Shook’s Business Litigation group; she has worked extensively on matters involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties, employment law, professional liability, intellectual property, fraud and insurance coverage. Knight received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2007) and her B.A. from Emory University (2002).
Adrienne Byard is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group; her practice focuses on defending manufacturers of consumer goods, respiratory and patient monitoring devices, women's health products and animal health products. Byard is frequently called upon to provide liability forecasting analysis and has experience defending clients' e-discovery and document preservation and production practices. Byard received her J.D. from New York University School of Law (2008), where she served as an associate editor and staff editor for the Review of Law & Social Change. She received her B.A., cum laude, in English and Spanish from the University of Kansas (2005).
Ryan Dykal is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation group; his practice focuses on patent and copyright litigation involving telecommunication, semiconductors, medical devices and various software fields. He is a registered patent attorney. Dykal received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law (2008), where he was a member of the UMKC Law Review and Moot Court board. He received his B.A. in physics from Washington University in Saint Louis (2003).
Gabriel Egli is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group; he defends pharmaceutical and medical device companies in individual and multidistrict product liability litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He also briefs complex legal issues such as federal preemption in the context of medical devices. Egli received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law (2006), where he served as literary citation editor of Pepperdine Law Review, and his B.A. in institutions and policy from William Jewell College (2002).
James Daniel Gardner is a member of the firm’s Global Product Liability group. Gardner received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law (2008), where he served as articles and comments editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review. He received his B.S.B.A., cum laude, from Ohio State University (2004).
Lael Awong is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group; her practice focuses on managing all facets of litigation from day-to-day case management, motion writing, and court appearances to depositions and fact and expert witness development. Awong received her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law (2006) and her B.S. in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Southern California (2002).
April Byrd is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation group; she advises corporate clients on compliance programs and regulatory issues and manages internal investigations and government enforcement actions on their behalf. She is also experienced in tort litigation including deposing fact and medical witnesses, developing expert witnesses, conducting evidentiary hearings and dispositive motions practice. Byrd received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law (1995), where she served as a managing editor for the Villanova Law Review. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Swarthmore College (1991).
Andrew Chang is a member of the firm’s Global Product Liability group; his practice focuses on individual, mass tort and class actions involving automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and other consumer products. He has also represented companies in business, environmental and employment litigation related to consumer fraud, contract disputes, copyright infringement, overtime and Employee Retirement Income Security Act benefits. Chang received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law (2002) and his B.A. from the University of California - Davis (1999).
Rachael Smith is a member of the firm’s Global Product Liability group; her practice focuses on commercial, product liability and complex litigation matters in the pharmaceutical, tobacco, automotive, insurance and mortgage industries. She also counsels companies on how to defend their online environments and protect their customers through the civil litigation system. Smith received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Southwestern Law School (2008), where she was a notes and comments editor of the Southwestern Law Review. She received her B.S. in zoology, summa cum laude, from North Carolina State University (1999).
Kristopher Verra is a member of the firm’s Global Product Liability group; he represents companies involved in individual and complex tort and product liability matters in industries including chemical manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical and medical device, alarm services and life safety and tobacco. Verra received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law (2006). He received both his Master’s and B.S. in accounting, with high honors, from the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting (2002).