Whether the goal is to defeat class certification, win the case at trial or otherwise resolve litigation on favorable terms, Shook, Hardy & Bacon has a proven record of reducing the risks posed by complex litigation. Named a standout by BTI Litigation Outlook, Shook’s Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies affected by legal actions targeting entire industries, including class actions and large numbers of individual cases aggregated under multidistrict litigation or state consolidation procedures.

Utilizing the firm’s arsenal of veteran litigators and trial-support systems, our approach involves careful evaluation of each case to design a solution that minimizes the risks and burdens of litigation while maximizing the likelihood of a favorable resolution.

Opposing Class Certification

Defeating class certification effectively ends most cases. We have persuaded courts to deny class certification in more than 90 cases—in nearly every jurisdiction in the United States—involving an enormous range of products, claims, defendants and theories of recovery.

MDL and Mass Actions

We have the experience and expertise to handle the unique challenges of large numbers of coordinated cases, including multiple class actions, whether aggregated under 28 U.S.C. § 1407 or state consolidation procedures. 


Successful management of complex litigation requires the ability to prepare complex cases for trial, even when denial of class certification or settlement is the primary goal.  Shook attorneys have extensive experience trying class actions, including one of the first Rule 23(c)(4) consumer-fraud class actions ever tried.

Resolution and Settlement

Shook’s successful track record in defending and trying class actions creates powerful leverage for those clients interested in resolving the matter without trial. We have unique expertise in evaluating the settlement value of cases, and negotiating and administering favorable settlements.