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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. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Nicole Behnen has a proven track record of defending 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. As part of her daily practice, Nicole manages the daily activities in thousands of asbestos cases in Illinois and Missouri. Her 25 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the major players in asbestos litigation allows her to offer comprehensive advise to her clients and partner with them to develop strategies to successfully resolve each claim. She has extensive litigation experience in cases involving benzene, perchloroethylene, mold, 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.