Biography

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

Laura defends multi-state consumer product retailers and manufacturers, regional utility companies, transportation companies, financial institutions and mining 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 labeling claims, sanitary transportation, product contamination and defective products. In 2017, Laura obtained one of the top plaintiff wins in Missouri related to a case where she represented a local St. Louis business. The matter went before a federal jury, which returned a verdict for $8.3 million.

To achieve optimal outcomes, Laura anticipates clients’ strategic and practical business considerations. Laura has successfully tried cases to verdict before juries in state and federal courts, as well as managed 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.

Education

  • Washington University School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
    • Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Staff Editor
    • National Moot Court Team, Member
    • Scholar in Law Award
  • George Washington University  (B.A.)
    • History and International Affairs

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2012
  • Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association (Food Supplement Committee)
  • Women in Agribusiness 

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Team Activities for Special Kids, TASK (Junior Board Member)
  • Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts 
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Young Friends Council

Accolades

  • Obtained #25 Plaintiff’s Win in Missouri (2017)
  • Selected as a barrister member of the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court (2017-2019)
  • Women's Justice Rising Star Award (2017)
  • St. Louis Business Journal “30 Under 30” Award Recipient (2016)
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers®Rising Star (2015-present)
  • Member of the Governing Council of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section (2015-2017)
  • Selected as an associate member of the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court (2013-2015)
  • Completed the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers 2014 Trial Academy