Shook COO Interviewed by Missouri Lawyers Weekly on Pandemic Response

Missouri Lawyers Weekly quoted Shook Chief Operating Officer Matt Bohnen on the firm’s process of moving a large firm with multiple offices to work remotely. In the article, “Trial Separation: Legal Community Copes as Most In-Person Proceedings Canceled,” law firms discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on court closings and the need to operate their firms’ business differently. 

With 15 locations across the country and in London, including the firm's Kansas City headquarters, Shook now has most attorneys and staff working offsite. Having different locations affected at different times allowed Shook to act quickly, making any necessary adjustments to alternative work arrangements early on in certain offices, which then expanded to all locations. Bohnen commented on the rollout allowing the perfecting of new operating procedures by the time all offices were included. 

“It did allow us to test-run some of those things,” Bohnen said. “But when it started moving, it moved quickly.”

With this approach, Shook has been able to fully comply with evolving new state, county and city restrictions to protect against the spread of the virus.