Excellent defense is the key to success on offense. Our longstanding experience defending Fortune 100 clients has been a game-changer in our representation of plaintiffs in high-stakes litigation across the United States.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has won some of the largest jury verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs in the country. We have one of the deepest trial benches in the country. This reputation and experience on the defense side allows Shook to anticipate the opposing side’s vulnerabilities and formulate case theories that will resonate with juries.

The leverage and expertise this brings to bear in court has led to numerous verdicts and settlements totaling nearly $1.5 billion in commercial and intellectual property disputes in recent years. The firm also handles pro bono impact litigation, especially matters focused on prisoner rights and Section 1983 claims, where Shook has also made headlines for significant jury verdicts.

Going on the Offensive

  • Telecommunications | Shook’s Intellectual Property Litigation team recently concluded an 18-year patent enforcement campaign for a telecommunications company, during which Shook recovered over $1.2 billion in verdicts and settlements for the client.
  • Technology | Shook obtained a $339 million verdict for Touchstream Technologies Inc. in a patent infringement trial against Google. After a five-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the jury returned a verdict that all three of Touchstream Technologies’ patents were infringed.
  • Fire Alarms and Security | In CPI Security v. Vivint, a Shook trial team went toe-to-toe with lawyers for Vivint, Inc. in an unfair competition lawsuit, landing a $189.7 million jury verdict on behalf of CPI Security. This 2023 verdict is the latest in a string of favorable results, which included a $10 million settlement during trial, and a $4 million jury verdict.
  • Health Care | Shook achieved a full, global settlement of the long-running Highlands Physicians v. Wellmont Health System class action litigation, in which Shook represented the named plaintiff, Highlands Physicians, Inc. (HPI) and the class, a trade association of about 1,500 medical providers in Tennessee and Virginia. Through the settlement, HPI and the class will receive $75.7 million in cash, as well as other benefits, in exchange for ending the litigation and ending the physician hospital network whose operations led to the litigation. The settlement follows an approximately $58 million jury verdict achieved by Shook in 2018.
  • Prisoner Rights and Pro Bono | Shook obtained an $8.5 million award for a client as the representative of her late brother, a federal detainee at the Phelps County Jail in Rolla, Missouri. The jury returned a verdict against a doctor, nurse and Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc.—the largest health care provider for jails in the U.S.—for a Section 1983 deliberate indifference claim and medical negligence.
  • Transportation | In Hubei Gezhouba Sanlian Industrial Co. vs. Robinson Helicopter Co., Shook represented the plaintiffs in the trial of a case that resulted from a helicopter accident in China in 1994 in which three people died and multiple damages occurred. Shook successfully enforced a Chinese judgment in California, likely the first of its kind, and obtained a $6.4 million verdict, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Daily Journal named it one of the top plaintiff verdicts in California in 2009.
  • Software | Shook won a $2.7 million federal jury verdict in favor of client asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract. Claims stemmed from the parties’ failed joint venture to co-develop and co-own a software product. A federal court granted a multimillion dollar fee award.