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Product and premises liability defense litigator

Meghan Kane

Member in Belleville

Meghan C. Kane focuses her practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic torts. She is national asbestos and toxic tort counsel for a leading provider of merchandise displays, refrigeration systems, and installation services to food retailers.

Meghan also has experience handling declaratory judgment actions, defending personal injury claims (auto accidents, construction accidents, slip-and-fall and Dram Shop cases), and defending municipalities, including claims made against individual officers.

She is skilled in pre-trial, trial, and post-trial proceedings, with her appellate experience extending to the Illinois Appellate Courts for the 4th and 5th Districts and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Meghan is a co-chair of Baker Sterchi's Toxic Tort Practice Group.

Examples of recent case results:

  • Achieved a client dismissal after obtaining a court ruling that plaintiff was not entitled to conduct jurisdictional discovery against our client under Missouri law.
  • Assisted with obtaining an appellate reversal of a $4.6 million jury verdict against product manufacturer in a toxic tort case alleging exposure to asbestos.
  • Assisted with obtaining a defense trial verdict for a municipal police officer in a 42 U.S.C. §1983 action filed against him for alleged excessive force.
  • Obtained a defense ruling in a bench trial on behalf of an insurance company where the plaintiff-insured had alleged roof/storm damage.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2011
    •  Employment Law Certificate
  • University of Missouri, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Memberships & Activities

  • DRI
    • Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
    • Women in the Law Committee
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
    • Board of Directors
    • Vice Chair, Tort Law Committee
    • Planning Committee, IDC/MODL Joint Seminar
  • Madison County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (Recording Secretary), 2023-2024
    • Board of Directors (Corresponding Secretary), 2022-2023

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Belleville, IL, 2021-present
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  Defendants (2021-present)
    • Personal Injury Litigation  Defendants (2021-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2022-present)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018-present
  • Academic Honors & Activities
    • Certificate of Recognition of Public Service, Illinois State Bar
    • Association Young Lawyer/Law Student Division (2011)
    • National Moot Court Competition Top 4 and Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Bowl for Second Place Brief (2011)
    • Judge Robert G. Dowd Sr. Appellate Advocacy Award (2010)
    • Lewis F. Powell Jr. Appellate Advocacy Award (2010)

Community Involvement

  • Boys & Girls Club of Alton, Illinois - Volunteer
  • Madison County, Illinois Legal Clinic - Pro Bono services


  • "Illinois Defense Counsel Survey of Law", Tort Section (2022)
  • "Ford Motor Company obtains a defense verdict in Rock Island County, Illinois", Midwest Toxic Tort Bulletin (June 2018)
  • "Madison County asbestos case transferred to Adams County, Illinois based on forum non conveniens", Midwest Toxic Tort Bulletin (December 2016 )


  • "Deposition Checklists", Illinois Defense Counsel Deposition Academy (February 2023)
  • "Deposition Strategies", Illinois Defense Counsel Deposition Academy (February 2023)
  • “Ethics in the Representation of Multiple Clients", Saint Louis Paralegal Association (October 2019)

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