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Bill Hakes


St. Louis
314 552 6046 direct

Bill defends railroads facing personal injury litigation in high-risk venues across the Midwest.

He draws on his decades of experience to help companies respond effectively to claims brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. Bill handles the defense of traumatic injuries to the back, neck and knees, and works extensively on cumulative trauma claims seeking compensation for injuries to the back, neck, hands, wrists, knees and hearing.

He has tremendous insight into the inner workings of the railroad industry — including transportation rules, policies and procedures and mechanical equipment and processes — and uses that knowledge to take efficient, highly effective depositions of plaintiffs and experts. Bill's strong deposition skills and leadership on defense strategies has contributed significantly to Thompson Coburn's excellent track record of securing dismissals and defense verdicts in FELA cases for numerous railroads.