Chambers Ranks Shook Among Leading Privacy & Data Security Firms

New faces and renowned services top the lists of Chambers USA in 2021, as two groups soar high in the annual guide’s rankings. Chambers and Partners selected Shook’s privacy and data security, and e-discovery capabilities both for national rankings for the first time which reinforces Shook as one of the leading privacy and data security firms in the country.

Shook Partner Al Saikali chairs the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice which earned a Band 1 “Highly Regarded” ranking. 

“We are overjoyed to be included as a leader in privacy and data security law. The ranking reflects the team effort of our practice, and the hard work we have put into developing a diverse group of outstanding lawyers who prioritize client service and thought leadership,” said Saikali.

Shook’s Data & Discovery Strategies Practice, led by Partners Patrick Oot and Denise Talbert, picked up a Band 3 ranking for the first time for E-Discovery and Information Governance. The national rankings are driven by interviews with in-house counsel and other attorneys.

Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough was selected as a “National Products – Eminent Practitioner,” designated for lawyers ranked in Chambers USA with significant management or chair roles.

Long-standing Shook practices which garnered top spots include Product Liability, LitigationEnvironmentalInsuranceIntellectual Property and Labor and Employment. Shook’s Class Action Practice achieved national rankings for the first time in 2020.

Chambers recognized Shook Associate Adam Shoshtari as an “associate to watch” in E-Discovery.

To further differentiate, Chambers also rolled out two new descriptions of rankings for practice groups which include “The Elite” and “Highly Regarded.”

Shook Practice Area Rankings:

  • E-Discovery & Information Governance (Band 3)*
  • Privacy & Data Security: Highly Regarded (Band 1)*
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts: The Elite (Band 1)* 
  • Product Liability: Consumer Class Actions (Band 2)

USA – By Region


  • Intellectual Property (Band 2) 

Kansas City & Surrounds

  • Environment (Band 1)
  • Labor & Employment (Band 3)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)


  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Band 2) 


  • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite (Band 3)

Shook Individual USA- National Rankings: 

  • Robert T. Adams (Product Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Robert T. Adams (Litigation: Trial Lawyers)
  • William Geraghty (Product Liability & Mass Torts; Spotlight Table: Product Liability - Tobacco)
  • Michael Mallow (Product Liability: Consumer Class Actions)
  • Colman McCarthy (Privacy & Data Security) an “associate to watch.”
  • Colm Moran (Transportation: Road (Automotive)
  • Madeleine McDonough (Product Liability & Mass Torts, Eminent Practitioners)
  • Patrick Oot (E-Discovery & Information Governance)
  • Kenneth J. Reilly (Product Liability & Mass Torts; Spotlight Table: Product Liability - Tobacco)
  • Al Saikali (Privacy & Data Security)
  • Adam M. Shoshtari (E-Discovery & Information Governance) an “associate to watch.”
  • Hildy Sastre (Product Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Sean P. Wajert (Product Liability & Mass Torts)

Shook Individual Regional Rankings:

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Robert T. Adams (Kansas City & Surrounds)
  • William 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

*New ranking or category.