A. Elizabeth Blackwell

Liz is a partner in the firm's Consumer Products and Appellate Practice groups. Her trial work focuses on the defense of consumer product manufacturers. She has represented tobacco industry clients in many cases, including the first medical monitoring class action tried to verdict, the largest consolidation of individual smokers' personal injury claims, and the $280 billion civil RICO case brought by the United States against the U.S. tobacco industry. Liz was also a member of the defense team in City of St. Louis v. American Tobacco Co. (MO Cir. 2011), which was reported as the largest defense verdict ever in a tobacco cost-recovery case. Liz has extensive experience defending against the improper use of aggregate trial procedures such as class actions, phased trial plans, and large and small consolidations. She also possesses specialized expertise in litigating and briefing punitive damages issues.

A member of the firm's Appellate Group, Liz also has experience representing national clients in appeals in both state and federal courts. Liz recently briefed, argued and won an appeal in the Missouri Supreme Court in Bryant v. Smith Interior Design Group, Inc., 310 S.W.3d 227 (Mo. 2010), a case involving a jurisdictional issue of first impression in Missouri. Liz also has served as appellate counsel for members of the tobacco industry in some of the highest stakes litigation facing the industry. She has argued in both the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Areas of Practice 1) Appellate, 2) Electronic Discovery and 3) Product Liability
Law School Vanderbilt University Law School
Education Westminster College
Bar Member / Association American Bar Association
Most recent firm Thompson Coburn LLP
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