Karen M. Volkman

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10 South Broadway
Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102-1708

Karen Volkman practices primarily in the Firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation, Product Liability, Transportation and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Karen litigates toxic tort, product liability, FELA and business litigation matters in Illinois, Missouri and throughout the United States. She has handled hundreds of toxic tort, product liability, business litigation and FELA cases from inception through settlement or trial. She has participated in all phases of litigation including pre-suit investigation, written discovery, deposing plaintiffs, witnesses, and experts, as well as vigorous motion practice and trial. She has successfully managed mass tort, product liability and business litigation matters throughout the United States for corporate defendants.

Representative Trials

Raymond Smith and Rosie Smith v. BNSF Railway Company, Individually and as Successor-in-Interest to Pine Canyon Land Company et al., (Environmental Asbestos Lawsuit, Alameda County, CA Superior Court)

Representative Non-Trial Victories

Martha Deaton et al. v. Astec Industries, Inc. et al., (Summary Judgment following extensive discovery in product liability litigation arising out of the largest industrial accident in the history of the State of Mississippi)

Richard P. Hooker v. A.W. Chesterton et al., Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Summary Judgment in case involving significant product identification and exposure testimony)

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J.D., magna cum laude, Saint Louis University School of Law (1999)

B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996)

B.A., History, magna cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996)

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