Shook, Hardy & Bacon has elected 10 attorneys to partnership, effective Mar. 1, 2017.
“I am pleased to recognize Shook’s new partners for their dedication to client service and professional excellence,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “In addition to the strategic depth they bring to our complex litigation and product liability practices, these attorneys have distinguished themselves in commercial, employment and intellectual property law, among many other fields, by helping our clients navigate the operational, technological and regulatory challenges of today’s business environment.”
Thomas J. Dammrich, II, represents corporations, insurers and other business entities in litigation involving a broad variety of disputes, including contract, class action, fraud, insurance coverage, and intellectual property. Before beginning his legal career, Dammrich was a management consultant in the strategy group of a multinational information technology company. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law (2007), where he served as membership editor for the Journal of International Human Rights. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs (2001).
Kathleen Frazier’s practice focuses on individual and mass litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She has had top-level management roles in nationwide litigation, and provides global litigation strategy consultation to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Before joining Shook, Frazier practiced as a clinical pharmacist in a major teaching hospital for more than 12 years. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center, and her B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.
Scott James defends companies against product liability claims. His work extends to all phases of litigation, including discovery, depositions, dispositive motion practice, pretrial and trial proceedings, as well as coordination of national dockets in complex litigation. Before joining Shook, James was a senior chambers attorney for the Texas First Court of Appeals, focusing on appeals arising from complex civil litigation, and a product liability and business litigation associate with Andrews Kurth LLP. James received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law (2001), where he served as a staff member of The Review of Litigation. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University (1998).
Sarah E. Lynn Baltzell assists regional, national and multinational clients with products liability, property damage, employment discrimination, insurance coverage disputes, class action and consumer fraud cases, at both the trial and appellate level. She also serves as national counsel for a Fortune 50 company, handing all phases of product liability litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2008), where she served as associate editor of the Kansas Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in French and international relations from Drake University (2005).
Brandon K. Gutshall represents companies involved in product liability, premises liability, negligence, fraud, breach of contract and warranty action across the country. He has represented client companies in matters involving construction equipment, jobsite accidents, cargo securement devices, trucking regulations, HVAC systems, fire protection systems, security alarm systems, automobiles and component parts, forestry equipment, educational systems and insurance coverage disputes. Gutshall also counsels clients in product liability audits to help identify and minimize litigation risks. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2009), where he graduated first in his class and served as the editor-in-chief of the UMKC Law Review and as a staff member of Urban Lawyer. He received his B.B.A, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2005).
Lindsey K. Heinz focuses her practice on the defense of corporations in product liability and consumer protection matters, and has litigated both individual and complex tort cases across the country. She also defends corporations facing class action claims, particularly those involving allegations of false and misleading marketing. Before entering law school, Heinz worked as an account executive for an advertising agency; her business and litigation experience allows her to help clients assess and manage the inherent risks of business and minimize future litigation threats, as well as identify potential liabilities in marketing strategies. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2009), where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Law Review. She received her B.A. from the University of Kansas (2004).
Dale M. Johnson, II, represents clients in complex product liability, personal injury, premises liability, and class action matters throughout the country. He has experience in litigation matters involving asbestos, alcohol beverages, carbon fiber, diacetyl, toxic mold and tobacco. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School (2009). He also received his M.A. in theology from Creighton University (2006), and a B.A. in political science and religious studies from College of the Holy Cross (2003).
Devin K. Ross’s practice focuses on mass torts and complex product liability litigation, with expertise in prescription drug and medical device matters. Ross directs all aspects of litigation, including multidistrict litigation motion practice, depositions, discovery, corporate and expert witness preparation and trial. He also is actively involved in pro bono work in Missouri and Kansas family courts. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2009), and his B.A. from Brigham Young University (2006).
Jennifer A. McLoone focuses her litigation practice on matters involving products liability, personal injury and land use cases, in state and federal court as well as administrative tribunals. She also has extensive experience in appellate matters. She also serves as a volunteer guardian ad litem with Lawyers for Children America, where she represents foster children in dependency proceedings. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law (2006), and her B.A. from the University of Florida (2003).
San Francisco:G. Gregg Webb focuses his practice on representing product manufacturers and companies involved in product sales and distribution. He advises clients on all aspects of product liability defense and complex commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience in handling multidistrict and other aggregate litigation proceedings. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School (2007), and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University (2003).