Shook Announces 2024 Class of New Partners

Shook announces its 2024 class of 12 new partners. Located in seven cities across the country, these new partners previously served in associate or senior counsel roles. All have excelled in their respective practices and dedication to client service.  

The following attorneys are new partners at Shook, effective March 1.

Diana Chang | Orange County

Chang is a seasoned federal court litigator who concentrates her practice in environmental, toxic tort and exposure litigation. She represents clients in a range of industries and has substantial experience in litigation involving polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), including litigation related to their use, fate and transport, and regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. 

Melissa Nott Davis | Boston

Davis is a product liability attorney who represents clients in a range of health, science and technology sectors. She also handles cases involving complex litigation, business disputes and intellectual property. In addition to litigation matters, Davis has represented clients in International Trade Commission investigations, mediation and arbitration. 

Jennifer Hackman | Kansas City

Hackman focuses on environmental, toxic tort and exposure litigation. She has assisted in the favorable negotiation and settlement of multi-state litigations and the resolution of matters at the motion-to-dismiss stage. Formerly both a state and federal regulator, Hackman formulates effective defense strategies, often based on regulatory nuances and technical arguments. 

Brian Lands | Philadelphia

Lands defends corporate clients in complex litigation, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical product liability matters in multidistrict litigation and coordinated state court proceedings. He is known for developing successful defensive strategies.

Melissa Madsen | Miami

Madsen is a product liability litigator with extensive experience in commercial and business litigation and appellate litigation matters. Her knowledge of Florida appellate courts includes senior clerkships for two Florida District Courts of Appeal. Madsen serves on The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Appellate Court Rules Committee.

Taylor Markway | Kansas City

Markway is a litigator who excels in appellate matters—including state and federal appeals as well as extraordinary writs—and insurance matters, including coverage disputes and bad faith claims. He has appellate victories in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit, Tenth Circuit and Veterans Claims, as well as in the Missouri Supreme Court and Missouri Court of Appeals.

Andrew O’Brien | Kansas City

O’Brien is an intellectual property attorney working in patent preparation and prosecution, formulating global intellectual property strategy for industry-leading, flagship products and providing insightful and strategic portfolio counseling. He partners with clients to assess protection of consumer-focused products and services through multiple IP tools.

Poston Pritchett | Kansas City 

Pritchett is a creative counselor, litigator and trial attorney with substantial training and experience in the design and construction industry and in toxic tort disputes. He is intimately familiar with litigation, arbitration, mediation and appeals and leverages each when it is appropriate to do so. 

Rodrigo Salas | San Francisco

Salas is a litigator working in complex litigation matters with a focus on product liability claims and toxic torts. He has comprehensive experience in product liability, personal injury, professional liability and premises liability matters. Salas excels in litigation management and has managed local and outside counsel in complex and multidistrict litigation across multiple jurisdictions.

Britta Stamps Todd | Houston

Todd is a product liability defense, litigation and trial attorney. She has been a key member of more than a dozen trial teams defending multimillion-dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts. Todd has experience advocating for clients at both the trial and appellate court levels in various industries. 

Paul Vogel | Kansas City

Vogel practices intellectual property law, with a focus on drafting and prosecuting patents both domestically and internationally. He practices across a wide variety of technologies and counsels clients on the management of large national and international patent portfolios. Vogel works with clients to identify high-value international filing strategies that maximize global asset protection while minimizing costs. 

Christopher Wray | Kansas City

Wray works on high-stakes government investigations, class action defense, and appellate advocacy. He has handled bet-the-company litigation at all levels of the state and federal court system, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Before Shook, Wray was the chief of staff and deputy solicitor general in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and served as Missouri’s deputy state treasurer.