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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri, 1993, Missouri Law Review, Staff Member
      American Trial Lawyers Association Competition Semi-Finalist
    • B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1989
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1996
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1996
Nicole Behnen takes pride in helping clients in the defense of lawsuits involving products liability, premises liability and toxic torts. Nicole serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s national Products Liability and Toxic Tort practice. She serves as regional and local counsel for several major asbestos defendants. Nicole also represents clients in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois. She has been involved in asbestos litigation since 1996 and has extensive litigation experience in cases involving benzene, perchloroethylene, chrome, and other industry exposures. Nicole also serves as local counsel for several pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
  • After defeating plaintiff's motion for Leave to Seek Punitive Damages and arguing numerous other pretrial motions, resolved a case favorably at the end of jury selection.
  • Resolved a case favorable by settlement at end of jury selection for equipment manufacturer sued in asbestos case.
  • Efficiently manages a docket of hundreds of asbestos cases for several clients and has achieved very favorable settlement results.
  • Negotiated several long-term settlement deals with major plaintiff’s firms that resulted in a significant reduction in the number of mass tort litigation for a Fortune 100 company pending in which regularly includes significant complex medical and scientific issues.
  • Obtained precedent setting decision granting summary judgment based on workers’ compensation defense in an asbestos premises liability case that resulted in the dismissal of several other claims arising out of same premises.
  • Obtained order setting aside a Default Judgment that awarded plaintiffs $2,250,000 plus costs for injuries allegedly sustained due to the failure of a medical device.