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Trial Dockets and Settlement Conferences in Asbestos Litigation Hotspots: What to Know and How to Prepare

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Date Published

February 26, 2021


Illinois Defense Counsel


Toxic Tort


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While COVID-19 has dramatically changed how we litigate, eventually the legal practice will return to normal. In asbestos litigation, that means the resumption of in-person trials and settlement conferences.

For asbestos litigation defense attorneys, settlement conferences and trial dockets are where hard work and effective strategy should pay off and result in a favorable outcome for your client. Defense counsel and their clients, however, should approach settlement conferences and trial dockets with a sufficient understanding of the court, opposing counsel, the jury pool, and the venue to avoid surprises and disappointing outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to know the court's written and unwritten rules and procedures, the customs and practices governing settlement conferences and trial dockets in the venue, the judge's expectations, and important historical developments in asbestos litigation in the venue.

During this webinar, the panel will provide important information and practical tips about settlement conferences and trial dockets in Madison County, St. Clair County, McLean County, Cook County, and the City of St. Louis. Specifically, the panel will discuss court rules governing the conferences and dockets, what is expected of parties and counsel, how different plaintiffs' firms approach the conferences and dockets, and what you should expect to occur during the conferences and dockets.

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Mehwish Aslam

Mehwish Aslam of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in Chicago received her JD from New York Law School in 2014. She has been... Read More

Laura K. Beasley
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC

Laura K. Beasley is a member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC in Belleville. Ms. Beasley focuses her practice in the... Read More

Danielle Luisi
Husch Blackwell, LLP

Danielle R. Luisi is an associate with Husch Blackwell LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where she focuses her practice on the... Read More

Ed Matushek, III

Edward J. Matushek III is the founding partner of Matushek Nilles LLC in Chicago, with a branch office in Madison County. He... Read More

James O'Shea
Husch Blackwell, LLP

James P. O’Shea, II of Husch Blackwell, LLP focuses his practice on toxic tort matters and product liability, with an... Read More

Greg Odom
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC

Gregory W. Odom of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC in Belleville is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is... Read More

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