Leanne DeShong | DeShong, Leanne
SHB - Attorneys - Leanne DeShong
Leanne DeShong [ Partner ]
law practice in 1983.
practice focuses primarily in the area of complex litigation and products liability.
In recent years, she
has concentrated on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
Products Liability - Leanne
has significant expertise in managing mass tort litigation for multinational companies, with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical product liability matters.
She has extensive experience in mass tort resolution strategies, resolving complex cases through mediation and handling multidistrict litigation matters.
most recently represented the Bayer Corporation
nationally and regionally in pharmaceutical litigation involving various products.
She has also represented the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in national litigation involving breast implants and served as regional counsel for American Home Products in diet drug litigation.
She has also acted as national and international counsel for Pharmacia & Upjohn in benzodiazepine litigation, as well as national counsel for Eli Lilly and Company in the DPT litigation.
Regulatory and Consulting - Leanne
has consulted for international companies on U.S. products liability and regulatory law.
In particular, she
has consulted on liability risks associated with healthcare products for international clients as part of their assessment of U.S. acquisitions and has consulted on package labeling for pharmaceutical products prior to marketing.
has also consulted with U.S. and international companies on preventative product liability practices.
Other Matters - Leanne
also has experience in other areas of products liability, on a regional and local basis, for manufacturers of agricultural equipment and products, forklifts and electrical conveyors.
has also represented a variety of companies in matters involving premises liability and contractual disputes.
In January 1993, Leanne
partners in the firm's London office.
SHB attorneys in London are actively engaged in general litigation consultation with both U.S. and European pharmaceutical manufacturers and closely monitor European Commission developments in the products liability area.
While located in London, Leanne
was extensively involved in developing expert witnesses for U.K. and European litigation matters, consulting on issues concerning strategies in group action litigation and general products liability defense.
Leanne also counseled European companies moving into the U.S. market on product liability issues.
was active in a major defamation trial tried before the London High Court.
After returning to the United States in 1995, Leanne
has continued to represent major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in all phases of litigation.
Leanne is active in a number of professional associations, including the Defense Research Institute, the Drug Information Association and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.
She is also chair of the SHB Women's Management Council, a group established in 2002 to assist the firm's women lawyers develop the legal skills, mentoring relationships and marketing opportunities necessary for promotion into the partnership.
She is a past president and current trustee of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Foundation.
In addition, she is a past president and current board member of Legal Aid of Western Missouri.
has received a rating from Martindale-Hubbell that indicates she
has reached the height of professional excellence and has been recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States
, the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas and the state courts of Missouri and Texas.