Private Practice

Partner, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Sam Sparks, United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Trinity University, B.A., summa cum laude

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, International Association of Defense Counsel

Secretary, National Board of Directors, Step Up


Bar & Court Admissions

State of Illinois

State of Texas (inactive status)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Federal Circuit, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Federal Bar Association

Other Experience

U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General's Honors Program, Trial Attorney

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Shayna S. Cook

Partner / Chicago

Shayna prepares high-stakes cases for trial in state and federal courts across the country. From pre-suit investigation through fact and expert discovery and a verdict at trial, Shayna’s trial experience enables her to craft a strategy tailored to achieve the best result.

Shayna represents multinational clients in a variety of commercial litigation, including intellectual property, product liability, and contract disputes. In addition to trying cases, Shayna's expertise extends to taking and defending fact and expert witnesses’ depositions, negotiating with opposing counsel, and preparing and arguing key motions such as motions in limine, Daubert challenges, and summary judgment motions.

Of Note

Representative Litigation

In re Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation

Lead counsel for Bayer in thousands of lawsuits in federal and state courts around the country involving the Mirena® intrauterine device.

In re Ethicon Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in cases alleging personal injuries from the use of pelvic mesh products for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence.  

Berg v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.

Lead trial counsel for Imerys Talc America, Inc. in personal injury case involving ovarian cancer. Court granted summary judgment to Imerys shortly before trial.

Tula Foods v. Kroger et al.

Represented plaintiff Tula Foods, the maker of Better Whey of Life®Greek yogurt, in a 6-week jury trial in Ohio state court. Tula Foods asserted claims of fraud, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets in suit against The Kroger Co. and Weber Flavors.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation v. United States

Trial counsel for Sikorsky in $80 million accounting dispute with the federal government. Won bench trial in Court of Federal Claims.

YAZ/Yasmin Litigation

Trial counsel for Bayer in federal multidistrict litigation, where thousands of plaintiffs alleged personal injuries related to their use of YAZ® and Yasmin®  birth control pills.  Prepared bellwether trial cases for first MDL trials.

Trasylol Litigation

Trial counsel for Bayer in product liability cases involving Trasylol®, a drug used during coronary bypass surgery to prevent excessive bleeding. Prepared cases for trial, including taking and defending key expert and fact witness depositions and arguing motions.  Successfully argued summary judgment motion in bellwether trial case, which the Eleventh Circuit affirmed. 

Sensormatic Electronics Corp. v. The TAG Company US LLC et al.

Trial counsel for Sensormatic (a subsidiary of Tyco International) in patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract suit.  Following a three-week bench trial, the Court entered judgment in favor of Sensormatic on all counts and enjoined defendants from continuing to infringe Sensormatic’s patents.   Affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit.

Vioxx Litigation

Defended Merck & Co., Inc. against allegations that its anti-inflammatory medication Vioxx® caused heart attacks.

Svoboda v. Bayer Corp.

Trial counsel for Bayer in Florida state court trial in PPA litigation, where plaintiff alleged Alka Seltzer Plus® cold medication caused his stroke.  Jury verdict for Bayer.