Armstrong Teasdale has extensive experience in toxic tort litigation, particularly when it comes to asbestos. In fact, the firm has been involved in asbestos litigation since the early 1980s and has defended in excess of thirty manufacturers, distributors and premises owners. This representation ranges from property damage cases centering around entire school systems in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas to serving as National Trial Counsel for a major insulation manufacturer resulting in the handling and trials of cases throughout the United States.
The firm’s success in defending asbestos claims grows out of its broader toxic tort experience. For more than two decades, Armstrong Teasdale has combined its litigators’ extensive trial experience with the in-depth knowledge of its environmental lawyers to effectively defend its clients in a broad range of cases including more than 2,500 dioxin claims and other types of exposure allegations including PCBs and lead.
When it comes to asbestos, our team has over 50 years in combined experience and currently manages in excess of 4,800 cases throughout Missouri and Illinois with a focus on Southern, Illinois. Ray Fournie, who heads the team, is considered one of the deans of the asbestos trial bar in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois region. Ray served as National Trial Counsel for a high temperature insulation manufacturer, Owens Corning, has been trial counsel for cases throughout the country and has taken numerous asbestos cases to verdict. He has been able to obtain defense verdicts in the majority of the asbestos cases he has tried, including those in such challenging jurisdictions as Madison County, Illinois. Members of the firm's Asbestos practice group have managed and disposed of more than 10,000 cases in Madison County. Currently Ray is serving as National Trial Counsel for Great Dane, the country's largest trailer manufacturer.
This means Armstrong Teasdale can provide effective asbestos defense at a cost savings to you because we can split time and expenses with other clients we represent. And because of our size, we are able to contract and expand the lawyers and staff as necessary to service you and our other asbestos clients. In addition to our St. Louis headquarters, we have offices in Belleville, Illinois and Jefferson City and Kansas City, Missouri giving Armstrong Teasdale a firm presence in souther Illinois and throughout Missouri.
Finally, our technology capabilities and services give us flexibility in presenting the level of litigation and courtroom technology as a particular case requires and the client desires. Lawgical Choice, the firm's wholly owned subsidiary provides legal technology services ranging from litigation support, trial presentation support, database and document management services and electronic discovery processing.