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Lisa DeBord


St. Louis
314 552 6520 direct

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex product liability and personal injury litigation. She also represents clients in environmental CERCLA actions and commercial litigation.

As a member of the firm's Tort and Environmental Practice Group, Lisa represents major corporations in product liability cases alleging product defects and personal injuries, including pulmonary injury lawsuits involving silicosis and RADS.

She regularly manages pleadings, prepares and responds to written discovery, oversees ESI collection and production, drafts dispositive motions, prepares witnesses for depositions, identifies and works with medical and technical expert witnesses, takes and defends fact and expert depositions, and negotiates and drafts settlement agreements. In connection with resolution of personal injury suits, Lisa advises clients on the role of Medicare, particularly with regard to resolving conditional liens, evaluating the need for Medicare Set Asides, and minimizing exposure to future recovery actions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Lisa has considerable experience managing mass tort litigation on behalf of clients. Lisa successfully defended a major corporation in mass tort litigation filed by 36 plaintiffs who asserted claims of wrongful death, personal injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder arising out of a workplace shooting. Lisa also assists clients in their immediate response to workplace violence incidents.

In her environmental work, Lisa has worked extensively on a CERCLA contribution action in connection with a Superfund site in Illinois. Lisa also advises a major agribusiness on ongoing litigation against manufacturers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She also counsels the same client on how to minimize its exposure when commercializing future GMOs.

Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Lisa served as law clerk to the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen and the Honorable George W. Draper of the Missouri Court of Appeals.