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				Beasley
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				Laura
Civil defense trial lawyer

Laura Beasley

Member in Belleville

Laura Beasley is an effective litigation attorney with nearly 25 years of experience successfully representing individuals, institutions, and corporate clients. With a practice that includes nearly 50 jury trials in both state and federal courts, she offers comprehensive experience across all stages of litigation, from pre-suit assessment and negotiation to alternative dispute resolution, trial advocacy, and appellate proceedings.

Laura has earned the loyalty of her clients in the manufacturing, insurance, transportation, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. She also represents clients in employment and environmental matters.

When not in the office, Laura spends her time with her husband and is her children’s biggest fan. She also enjoys running, yoga, golf, and cooking for family and friends.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Central District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Austin Peay State University, B.S. Environmental Geography/Geology, 1996

Memberships & Activities

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
    • Executive Council Class of 2027
    • Vice Chair, Women of the ADTA Committee
    • CLE/Webinar Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • DRI
    • Steering Committee, Drug and Medical Device Committee
    • Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
    • Women in the Law Committee
  • East St. Louis Bar Association
    • Current Board Member
    • Past President (first woman President)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
    • Past President
    • Board, Diversity Committee
    • Member, Legislative Committee
  • Illinois Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District
    • Chair, Character and Fitness Committee
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
    • Current Board Member
    • Past President

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Belleville, IL
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (2023-2024)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2023-2024)
  • Illinois Defense Counsel Valuable and Devoted Service Award, 2022
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation, 2021-2022
  • Illinois Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyer, 2021 and 2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016-present
  • Chicago Magazine Top Attorneys in Illinois, 2016

Community Involvement

  • Belleville Cultural Enrichment Organization - Board Member
  • Belleville Historical Society - Treasurer
  • Gustave Koerner House - Board Member
  • St. Clair County Bar Association - Law Day Run Co-chair
  • The Heritage Society - Treasurer

Publications

  • Editor: "Survey of Law", Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2017-present)
  • Contributor: “IADC Quarterly Magazine”, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2021-2022)

Presentations

  • Presenter: Hidden Causes of Age Bias in the Legal Workplace, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Illinois Defense Counsel Winter Seminar (February 2024)
  • Moderator: Views from the Bench, Illinois Defense Counsel and Missouri Organization of Defense Counsel (August 2022)
  • Speaker: Trial Dockets and Settlement Conferences in Asbestos Litigation Hotspots: What to Know and How to Prepare, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (February 2021)
  • Moderator: Law Day Panel Discussion, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Law Day Forum (2017-2020)
  • Moderator: Diverse Thoughts on Diversity, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (October 2020)
  • Faculty: Trial Academy and Virtual Trial Tactics, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (October 2020)
  • Speaker: Let’s Be Blunt, What You Need to Know about the Legalization of Marijuana, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce (September 2020)
  • Speaker: Let’s Be Blunt, What You Need to Know about the Legalization of Marijuana, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (April 2020)
  • Speaker: Basics of a Deposition, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Deposition Academy (October 2019)
  • Panelist: Bring the Law into the Courtroom, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Law Seminar

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Results

Defense Verdict for Plastic Surgeon and Hospital Affiliates in Malpractice Case

Baker Sterchi obtained a significant defense verdict for a plastic surgeon and hospital affiliates in a medical malpractice case tried in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, in which plaintiff alleged the surgeon caused a post-surgical infection, a rotator cuff injury and a long thoracic nerve injury during a series of breast surgeries.