This article on the Shook Hardy firm explains the firm's origins:
"The firm traces its roots back to 1889, when Frank Payne Sebree, a Marshall, Mo., lawyer looking to build his practice in a bigger city, moved to Kansas City and set up shop in a third-floor walkup with another solo practitioner. Over the years, the firm attracted a small stable of lawyers, including name partner Edgar Shook, who joined in 1934, and name partner Charles L. Bacon, who came on board in the mid-1950s.
However, it was David R. Hardy, a skilled trial lawyer with a larger-than-life personality, who did more to change the firm’s fortunes than anyone.
Hardy made a name for himself in the late 1950s by winning a $200,000 verdict—then a state record—on behalf of a motorcycle cop who had been badly injured in a collision with a cement truck. And when the first anti-smoking suit against a tobacco company in Missouri went to trial in 1962, Hardy was asked by Philip Morris to lead the defense."
My good friend and college roommate Sam Sebree, and his dad and brother - two more Frank Sebrees, have worked for this firm, and so I root for it and for them.