Colleen Baime focuses her practice on complex litigation matters defending clients against a broad array of liabilities, including product liability, civil conspiracy, fraud, misrepresentation, environmental, and general commercial disputes. Colleen is an experienced trial lawyer which has personally tried over a dozen cases to verdict throughout the Midwest and in California. She has also served as a supervising trial attorney in over 30 trials developing, directing and approving litigation strategy and the presentation of evidence.
In addition to her trial work, Colleen counsels clients in litigation avoidance, risk management, and resolution strategies. She routinely negotiates the favorable resolution of matters using data analytics to drive innovative and advantageous outcomes that reduce transaction costs and avoid the expenditure of trial resources. Beyond her litigation work, Colleen has briefed and argued multiple cases to the Illinois appellate courts and participated in several appeals to the California courts of appeal.
While in law school, Colleen served as an editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. She is active in the Firm’s pro bono efforts working with families to secure appropriate individuals education plans (IEPs) and 504s for their children’s education.
Secured a defense verdict following a multi-week product liability trial in Los Angeles, California on behalf of a client whose product was alleged to have caused the death of two plaintiffs.
Supervised the successful defense of the first fully remote multi-week Zoom jury trial to go to verdict in the United States in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Directed the trial team throughout the seven week trial setting litigation strategy, developing defense themes and approving the presentation of evidence. Devised a system and protocol for effectively, seamlessly and persuasively presenting arguments and evidence to the judge and jury over the remote platform.
Successfully argued two appeals to the Fourth District Appellate Court of Illinois regarding the elements necessary to prove civil conspiracy (thereby cutting off a significant docket of pending cases).
Worked with opposing counsel who historically pursued upwards of 50 civil actions per year against her client to develop a framework for resolution of the claims outside the tort system driving down defense and indemnity costs, streamlining claims analysis, capping the number of claims permitted, and providing the client financial certainty concerning the alleged liability.
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