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Laura A. Bentele
Associate
314.342.4133

Laura Bentele focuses her practice on litigating commercial disputes and real estate matters. She is also a co-founder and co-leader of the firm’s Agribusiness and Food team.

Laura defends regional utility companies, financial institutions, mining companies, multi-state consumer product retailers and manufacturing companies in state and federal courts around the country. She also counsels clients concerning regulations impacting agricultural industries, food safety and consumer fraud issues, including cases involving listeria monocytogenes outbreaks, third-party adulteration, labeling claims and diacetyl exposure (“popcorn lung”).

To achieve optimal outcomes, Laura anticipates clients’ strategic and practical business considerations. Committed to effective case management, she is versed in all phases of trial preparation, including written discovery, depositions, expert witness preparation, case strategy, pretrial briefing and dispositive motion practice. Laura has successfully tried cases to verdict before juries in state and federal courts. In addition, Laura has successfully managed settlement discussions and alternative dispute resolution proceedings through aggressive negotiation of settlement terms. Ultimately, she strives to maintain open avenues of communication to ensure that clients receive representation that meets their business needs and goals.