Iain’s practice focuses on counseling companies in the life sciences, chemical and energy industries regarding litigation, regulatory compliance and other business risks. His litigation practice is varied and includes experience with complex product liability, catastrophic injury and mass tort matters, class actions, commercial litigation and employment litigation.

A significant part of Iain’s practice is dedicated to representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in federal multidistrict litigation, state court consolidated proceedings and other complex and high-stakes litigation.  He has represented clients in all phases of litigation, including arbitration and settlement negotiations, as part of trial teams and as lead counsel on appeal. He has experience preparing expert and company witnesses for deposition and trial.

Iain also focuses on the defense of consumer class actions for pharmaceutical and medical device, food and beverage, and automobile manufacturers. He emphasizes strategies to resolve these cases quickly and with minimal disruption to his client’s business. Among his successes, he recently resolved a putative class action alleging defects in a vehicle air bag system, winning a full dismissal based on his motion to dismiss.

Before joining Shook, Iain served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He also served as a bankruptcy and corporate restructuring associate in the New York office of an international law firm.


Lori McGroder & Iain L. Kennedy, When Coordination Isn't Key: Why and How to Oppose MDL Centralization, Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, May 23, 2016.

James P. Muehlberger, Lori McGroder & Iain Kennedy, Oversize Drug Packaging Suits Are A 'Waste' For Plaintiffs, Law360, March 10, 2016.

James P. Muehlberger & Iain L. Kennedy, The Glass Half-Empty Class Action: Slack-Fill Litigation, Law360, August 3, 2015.

Hildy Sastre & Iain Kennedy, Product Liability In The Age Of Global Pandemics, Law360, December 17, 2014. 

Mihai Vrasmasu & Iain Kennedy, Thinking About Moving for Reconsideration of an Interlocutory Order? Take Your Time, Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, November 2011, at 7.

Co-author, In re DBSD North America, Inc.: Second Circuit Addresses a Trio of Issues, AIRA Journal, March/April 2011, at 1.