Leanne DeShong

Leanne DeShong

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Vice President of Board of Trustees - LAWMo

Partner - Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P


J.D. , with distinctionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law


Board Member - JDRF

President - Legal Aid

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SHB - Attorneys - Leanne DeShong

Leanne DeShong | DeShong, Leanne
SHB - Attorneys - Leanne DeShong SHB Leanne DeShong [ Partner ] Leanne began her law practice in 1983. Her 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. Leanne 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. Leanne 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. She has also represented a variety of companies in matters involving premises liability and contractual disputes. In January 1993, Leanne joined her 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. Leanne 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. Leanne 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. Leanne 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.

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