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Erick VanDorn


Southern Illinois
618 236 3411 direct

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and railroad injury cases in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the country. His clients include agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, power sports equipment manufacturers, and railroads.

As a lead partner in Thompson Coburn's highly regarded, national asbestos practice, Erick has served as lead counsel in hundreds of asbestos cases and helped pioneer defense strategies that have empowered companies to break out of a taxing pattern of expensive settlements. Erick also has been at the forefront of efforts to remove these cases from perceived plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions like Madison County, Ill., St. Clair County, Ill.; and the City of St. Louis, Mo. See, e.g., Laverty v. CSX, 404 Ill.App. 3d 534, 956 N.E.2d 1 (5th Dist. 2010). Erick has also represented toxic tort defendants in Chicago, southern California, and other high-risk jurisdictions across the country.

Erick also has significant experience in employment law, business litigation, and mine subsidence litigation, and has advocated for clients at the appellate court level.