Colleen Baime counsels clients on mass torts, product liability, toxic torts, civil conspiracy litigation, general commercial disputes and a broad range of environmental matters.
Colleen defends corporations in complex and/or multi-jurisdictional toxic tort matters, including asbestos and petroleum exposure cases, and has tried more than 20 matters to verdict in Illinois and California. She has also negotiated the favorable resolution of numerous matters on the eve or during the course of trial proceedings. In addition, Colleen has extensive appellate experience and has briefed and argued multiple cases to the Illinois appellate courts. In each appeal, she has successfully convinced the appellate courts to uphold a defense verdict or reverse an adverse verdict.
Colleen is national counsel for companies involved in significant product liability and toxic tort litigation. In that capacity, she is responsible for the development and implementation of overall defense strategy. She supervises and directs local counsel in states throughout the country and oversees all aspects of the litigation, including case development, motion practice, expert witness development, trials, settlement negotiations, court-ordered mediations and appeals. In addition, she serves as local counsel in mass tort litigation overseeing the day-to-day defense of more than 100 pending cases at any given time.
While in law school, Colleen served as an editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. She is active in the Firm’s pro bono efforts, and works with families to secure appropriate individualized education programs (IEPs) for their children’s education, as well as handling immigration matters.
Secured a jury verdict in favor of Honeywell International, Inc., in a seven-week trial, including three days of deliberation, before an Illinois state court; Honeywell and other defendants were 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 from Honeywell alone
Stanford Law School – Stanford University, JD, 1993
Alma College, BA, summa cum laude, 1990
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