Shook Hardy & Bacon announced managing partners for three of the firm’s offices starting on January 1: Phil Goldberg leads Shook in Washington, D.C.; Amir Nassihi leads San Francisco; and Eva Weiler leads Orange County, Calif. These three partners provide experienced leadership in public policy and high-tech product liability litigation, furthering Shook’s position as the preeminent firm for complex litigation in science, medicine and technology.
“Phil, Amir and Eva are each exceptionally strong leaders within their practice areas, and have earned the trust of our clients and lawyers throughout the firm,” said Madeleine McDonough, elected last year as Shook’s new chairperson. “We are fortunate to have them lead our efforts in these cities, as we continue to grow in these communities and partner with our clients there and nationally to solve their complex legal challenges.”
Goldberg has more than 25 years of experience advocating on liability-related public policy, public affairs and public relations issues. Since joining Shook in 2003, he has assisted clients in addressing high profile, cutting edge liability issues outside of the trial courts, often in front of Congress, state legislatures, appellate courts and the media. As co-chair of the firm’s National Amicus Practice, he regularly files amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts. He previously served as the D.C. Office Administrative Partner and has earned the firm’s Mosaic Award for his commitment to diversity in the legal profession. Goldberg succeeds Michelle Mangrum as Managing Partner of the D.C. office.
Nassihi dedicates his national practice to defending product manufacturers in trial and before appellate courts in individual, mass tort, and class action litigation. Throughout his 12-year legal career, he has had considerable success representing food, beverage, consumer product, drug, device, and automobile manufacturers in all aspects of these litigations in federal and state court throughout the country. Through this work, he has become a trusted advisor for his clients on litigation strategies and risk mitigation. He also dedicates substantial time to pro bono work, advocating for victims of domestic violence, the homeless and individuals facing immigration appeals. Nassihi succeeds Tammy Webb as Managing Partner of the San Francisco office.
Weiler focuses her practice on defending corporations in science-driven mass tort litigation, class actions and coordinated proceedings. She has tried high-stakes cases in nationwide MDL litigation, cross-examining scientific experts and fact witnesses, and regularly serves as the lead in-court attorney in multi-plaintiff coordinated proceedings, developing strategy and advocating for clients in complex matters. She second chaired a federal trial involving a fatal helicopter crash in China and obtained a $6.4 million verdict that was subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also leads through community involvement, ranging from working with orphans in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and teaching impoverished youth in Minnesota, to serving on a local non-profit board and teaching classes to local clients on good business practices. Weiler previously served as the Orange County office’s Administrative Partner and succeeds Doug Robinson as Managing Partner in the office.