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Laura Beasley is an effective litigation attorney successfully representing individuals, institutions and corporate clients for over 18 years. She has undertaken over 40 jury trials in both state and federal courts and has represented clients at all phases of litigation, from pre-suit assessment and negotiation to ADR, trial and appellate level work.

Laura has earned the loyalty of her clients.  She represents companies in the manufacturing, insurance, transportation, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. 

Laura likes to spend her time away from the office with her husband and is her children’s biggest fan.  She also enjoys running, yoga, golf and cooking for family and friends.  

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Central District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri

Education

  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), J.D., 2001
  • Austin Peay State University, B.S. Environmental Geography/Geology, 1996

Memberships & Activities

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    •  Vice President
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
    • Current Board Member
    • Past President
  • East St. Louis Bar Association
    • Current Board Member
    • Past President (first woman President)
  • Defense Research Institute
    •  Board, State and Local Defense Organizations (SLDO)
  • Federal Bar Association

Publications

  • Editor, "Survey of Law", Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2017 & 2018)

Presentations

  • Speaker, Basics of a Deposition, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Deposition Academy
  • Panel Member, Bring the Law into the Courtroom , Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Law Seminar
  • Moderator, Law Day Panel Discussion, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Law Day Forum (2017 & 2019)

Awards & Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016-present
  • Top Attorneys in Illinois (Chicago Magazine), 2016

Community Involvement

  • The Heritage Society (Treasurer)
  • Gustave Koerner House (Board Member)
  • St. Clair County Bar Association (Law Day Run Co-chair)
  • Belleville Cultural Enrichment Organization (Board Member)

News & Events

Laura Beasley to Serve as Faculty Member of 2019 IDC Deposition Academy

09.16.19 | Baker Sterchi Member Laura Beasley joins nine other Illinois attorneys as faculty of the 2019 Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Deposition Academy, a program designed specifically for Illinois Defense counsel providing an immersive experience for both lawyers with limited deposition experience, and those looking to refine their deposition skills. Academy participants team up in groups with...

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Adds Beasley as Member in Belleville, IL Office

05.06.19 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC, has added Laura K. Beasley to the firm's Belleville, Illinois office. Beasley, who joined the firm as a Member, practices in the areas of civil litigation defense, general liability, class action/mass torts, insurance coverage, personal injury, and product liability

Blog Posts

Illinois Counties Remain Top Jurisdictions for Asbestos Litigation in 2018

07.08.19 | Even with asbestos litigation on the slow decline, Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois remain the top venues for asbestos litigation.

Illinois Legislature Proposes to Amend the Biometric Informational Act, Deleting Private Right of Action

05.16.19 | In response to the Illinois Supreme Court's Rosenbach decision, the Illinois Senate introduced SB2134 as a proposed amendment to the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The amendment would delete language allowing a private right of action and change the definition of biometric identifiers to add electrocardiography results from wearable devices.