Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Shook and its Attorneys

Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s product liability, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices have been recognized by Chambers & Partners in its 2016 edition of Chambers USA.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized among leading law firms by Chambers, and we are proud of the attorneys who have been included in the rankings,” Shook Chair John Murphy said.

Shook was recognized in Chambers’ Product Liability and Mass Torts practice area with a Band 1 national rating, noting the firm’s “very smart lawyers who are extremely adept at strategizing.”

Shook’s litigation practice garnered a Band 1 ranking in Missouri, Band 3 in Florida, and a Band 4 ranking in Illinois, with a client saying this about Shook: “A lot of large firms have litigators to service corporate interests out of a securities practice, but this is a litigation firm first and foremost. The lawyers are culturally and professionally set up for litigation and a natural fit for a lawsuit.” The firm’s environmental practice received a Band 1 ranking in Missouri, and was described as having “really good client relation skills, they certainly know the practice area very well and they are responsive”. Shook’s insurance: dispute resolution practice received a Band 3 ranking in Illinois for the first time.

Shook’s intellectual property team received a Band 2 ranking in Missouri, with a client highlighting the attorneys’, “no-nonsense attitude, their creative thinking and their go-getter approach to our matters.” Also receiving a Band 2 ranking in Missouri is Shook’s labor and employment group. Clients acclaimed, “We have been very happy with the firm, especially the level and quality of the lawyers we work within regard to the group”.

(Newly ranked attorneys are marked with an asterisk)

In Chambers’ individual recognitions, five Shook attorneys were recognized on a national level, including:

  • Robert Adams (Product Liability & Mass Torts)*
  • Frank Kelly (Product Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Patrick Oot (Litigation: E-Discovery)
  • Kenneth Reilly ( Product Liability & Mass Torts; Product Liability: Tobacco)
  • Sean Wajert (Product Liability & Mass Torts)

In addition, 17 Shook attorneys received regional honors as well:

 Litigation: General Commercial

  • Robert Adams
  • Gene Balloun
  • William Geraghty
  • John McCambridge*
  • Joseph Rebein
  • Ken Reilly
  • Todd Ruskamp
  • William Sampson
  • Gene Voigts


  • Mark Anstoetter
  • John Barkett
  • David Erickson
  • Thomas Grever

Insurance: Dispute Resolution

  • Lynn Murray*

Intellectual Property

  • Mike Gross
  • Trent Webb

Labor & Employment

  • William Martucci

Chambers & Partners establishes its rankings by utilizing a team of more than 140 researchers who conduct thousands of in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. The team identifies and ranks the world’s best lawyers and legal departments according to the criteria most valued by clients: legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness and client service.

The annual guide ranks law firms and lawyers based on in-depth interviews with attorneys and corporate counsel. To view the full report on Shook’s rankings, please click here.