Harvey Kaplan Honored For Bet-the-Company Litigation

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 12:45


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:

  • The Legal 500 US ranked him as “one of the top pharma lawyers in the country” and one of only 11 “Leading Lawyers” in the area of Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices litigation;
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers listed him as one of the 10 most highly regarded lawyers internationally, saying he is “a ‘dean of the bar,’ his pharmaceutical expertise is ‘second to none;’”
  • Legal Media Group selected Mr. Kaplan for The Best of the Best 2012 and honored him in the inaugural issue of Life Sciences: The Definitive Guide to the Leading Firms and Attorneys in US Life Sciences as “one of the most well-recognized and highly regarded names throughout the industry;”
  • The Best Lawyers in America elected Kaplan “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Defense in Kansas City; and
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers honored him as one of the Top 50 in Kansas City.

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).