New Faces and Shook’s Core Strengths Top Chambers 2019 Rankings

Chambers and Partners recognized Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Product Liability, Litigation, Environmental, Insurance, Intellectual Property and Labor and Employment Practices in its 2019 edition of Chambers USA. Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough leads our premier trial firm that serves clients in health, science and technology sectors.

Shook earned a USA – Nationwide, Band 1 ranking for Product Liability & Mass Torts, the highest ranking. Chambers described Shook’s work in product liability litigation as a “standout practice, much admired for its roster of product liability experts based across the USA.” Chambers USA noted that the firm “handles a high volume of cases across all major product areas, acting in lead and national coordinating counsel roles, and maintains a particularly strong reputation in life sciences and tobacco litigation.”

New this year, Chambers ranked General Litigation Liability Practice Co-Chair Robert Adams, Nationwide - Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Band 2), and Shook Partner and Miami Managing Partner William Geraghty, Nationwide - Product Liability & Mass Torts (Band 5). Labor and Employment Partner Carrie McAtee was added as a Recognized Practioner. Chambers noted the addition of the firm’s new office in Los Angeles, “[a]dding experienced litigators such as Michael Mallow.” One interviewee wrote about Mallow, “He is a very strong trial lawyer who offers very creative solutions.”

Chambers ranks law firms and lawyers based on in-depth interviews with attorneys and corporate counsel.

Shook Practice Area Rankings:

USA – Nationwide


Kansas City & Surrounds


  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Band 2)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 5)


  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)

Shook Individual USA- National Rankings:

Shook Individual Regional Rankings:

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Robert T. Adams (Kansas City & Surrounds)
  • William P. Geraghty (Florida)
  • Michael Mallow (California)
  • Joseph Rebein (Kansas City & Surrounds)
  • Kenneth J. Reilly (Florida)
  • Todd W. Ruskamp (Kansas City & Surrounds)
  • William R. Sampson (Kansas City & Surrounds)


Insurance: Dispute Resolution

Intellectual Property

Labor & Employment