Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner Harvey Kaplan has been honored as one of the nation’s top defense attorneys in the 2012 edition of Lawdragon: The 500 Leading Lawyers in America, which recognizes his unique “expertise in bet-the-company litigation.”
Additionally, the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named Mr. Kaplan as one of the nation’s “Leading Individuals” in Nationwide Product Liability and Mass Torts and one of eight national pharmaceutical litigation “Stars.”” Chambers USA referred to Kaplan as a “legend” who is known as “a leading lawyer and an excellent strategist.” Kaplan was also named a “National Litigation Star” in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.
Known as a pioneer in the field of product liability litigation, Mr. Kaplan is chair emeritus of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Division and represents many multinational companies in significant product liability and business litigation.
Other recent honors include the following:
Mr. Kaplan’s skill and ability in the courtroom is attested to by his election as a fellow in two prestigious trial lawyer organizations, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers and The International Society of Barristers. He is a long-time leader of the defense bar, having served on the board of directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel and as director of its Defense Counsel Trial Academy. He also served on DRI’s board of directors, chaired its Drug and Medical Device Litigation Committee and was instrumental in launching DRI Europe.
He also has been active in the Kansas City Jewish Community, having served on the Menorah Medical Center Board, as president of Jewish Family Services and as chair of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee (JCRB/AJC).