Colleen Baime counsels clients on mass torts, product liability, civil conspiracy litigation, and general commercial disputes.  She is licensed in both Illinois and California and maintains offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Colleen defends corporations in complex and multi-jurisdictional toxic tort matters, including asbestos and petroleum exposure cases, and has tried multiple cases to verdict in Illinois and California. She also routinely negotiates the favorable resolution of matters on the eve or during the course of trial proceedings. In addition, Colleen has extensive appellate experience.  She has briefed and argued multiple cases to the Illinois appellate courts and participated in several appeals to the California courts of appeal.

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  • Secured a favorable jury verdict in a seven-week trial before an Illinois state court on behalf of a defendant accused of conspiring to conceal the hazards of asbestos from employees and customers.  The plaintiff, who had mesothelioma, sought $4 million as compensatory damages and $20 million as punitive damages.
  • Successfully argued two appeals to the Illinois appellate court regarding the elements necessary to prove civil conspiracy.  The appellate victories cut off a significant docket of cases that had resulted in multiple jury trials per year.
  • Successfully argued an appeal to the Illinois appellate court on the proper application and limitations of Illinois Rule of Civil Procedure 237(b) regarding a plaintiff’s ability to force a defendant to bring witnesses to trial.
  • Secured a favorable jury verdict in California on behalf of a defendant alleged to have caused the death of two plaintiffs (a husband and wife) who died of mesothelioma.  Following seven weeks of testimony and plaintiff counsel’s request in closing argument for $95 million in compensatory damages, the jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a defense verdict.  The jury found that defendant was not negligent and that the defendant’s product did not present potential risks to users and had not failed to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect.


Stanford Law School – Stanford University, JD, 1993
Alma College, BA, summa cum laude, 1990


Colleen E. Baime

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