Shook Announces Key Leadership Changes in New Year

Premier trial firm Shook changed the firm’s leadership in three key roles nationally and in Philadelphia and St. Louis. Beginning January 1, 2023, Shook Partner Adam Miller will co-lead the firm’s highly lauded environmental and toxic tort litigation team and Partners Erin Leffler and Sue Werstak will lead the Philadelphia and St. Louis offices, respectively. 

“All three of these partners have demonstrated an understanding of exceptional client service and are highly skilled lawyers,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “We are excited about the changes and grateful to Mark Anstoetter, who helped build the environmental practice, and Sean Wajert, who launched the Philadelphia office and expanded our northeast presence.” 

These moves originate from recent growth and partner additions. In 2021, Shook expanded the firm’s environmental services with the addition of a St. Louis office focused on this expanding area of law. Miller originally led the St. Louis office but now shifts to oversee Shook’s nationally known Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation Practice (ETT) with Partner Dave Erickson. Using their technical and legal experience, the Shook ETT team has tried 150+ cases to verdict since 2013.

Leffler and Werstak join the ranks of other women and diverse Shook partners in office managing partner positions. Shook recently earned the Mansfield Rule Certification in promoting underrepresented attorneys. Nearly half of Shook’s executive committee is composed of women and diverse attorneys, and women and diverse attorneys lead a number of the firm’s city offices including Chicago, Hartford, Houston, Orange County and Tampa.