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Nick Lamb

Partner

St. Louis
314 552 6066 direct

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation, including the defense of railroad, product liability and other personal injury claims, and the management of class action and commercial litigation.

As one of the Firm's most experienced and successful trial lawyers, Nick has served as lead counsel for major corporations in high-exposure cases in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts, including dangerous venues such as the City of St. Louis, and other federal courts throughout the country. He has secured jury verdicts, summary judgments, favorable settlements and appellate victories in numerous cases involving FELA, maritime, health care, product liability, employment, class action, patent infringement and business litigation.

Nick's product liability work has included the defense of individual and class action litigation involving tires, highway products, pharmaceuticals, electric motors, food products and industrial pipe.

His litigation results to date in 2018 include a unanimous published appellate court decision affirming a 2017 summary judgment decision by a trial court, and the successful settlement of a significant personal injury lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. Nick has lectured at national trial lawyer seminars on federal preemption, juror evaluation and mitigation of damages.

Since 2007, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. U.S. News' "Best Law Firms" list has recognized Thompson Coburn's railroad practice as among the top in the country, awarding the firm a national tier-one ranking for "Railroad Law" multiple times.

Nick has combined a successful trial practice with a wide range of civic and charitable endeavors in the St. Louis community.

Recent First Chair Results (Partial)

- Successful summary judgments from St. Louis City Circuit Court and United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (2017).

- Defense verdict for railroad client after five trial days (state court) where plaintiff had neck fusion and claimed over $1 million in damages; jury deliberated 45 minutes.

- Successful settlement after six trial days (state court) for defendant liquor distribution client, following voir dire, opening statement and cross examination of opposing witnesses.

- Plaintiff verdict for corporate distributor client against manufacturer following seven-day trial (federal court).

- Successful verdict for railroad client (below last offer) following seven-day trial (state court) where plaintiff had multiple surgeries and sought over $2 million in damages.

- Defense verdict in patent infringement case for distribution client following 10-day trial (federal court) where corporate plaintiff sought multi-million dollars in damages.

Recent Appellate Experience (Partial)

- Missouri Court of Appeals affirmance of state court summary judgment (2018).

- Secured affirmance of summary judgments and defense verdict by Missouri Court of Appeals (2017).

- Obtained summary judgment for railroad client in state court in assault case, affirmed by Missouri Court of Appeals, transfer denied by Missouri Supreme Court, cert denied, U.S. Supreme Court.

- Obtained summary judgment for railroad client in state court in judicial estoppel matter, affirmed by Missouri Court of Appeals.

- Obtained writ of prohibition from Missouri Supreme Court for railroad client asserting privilege issues.

- Received favorable Sixth Circuit affirmation of federal court defense verdict in multi-million dollar unpaid commission claim following federal court trial in Kentucky for distribution client.

Product Liability/Class Action Experience

- Represented product manufacturer in product liability class action defenses in Illinois and Missouri federal courts.

- Defeated class certification for retail client in Missouri federal court following evidentiary hearing.

- Defended pharmaceutical companies in Missouri state court litigation (City of St. Louis).