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Lisa N. DeBord

Associate

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”  – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Practice Groups

Areas of Concentration

  • Products Liability Litigation

Experience at Work

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex litigation, with a focus on product liability and tort litigation.  Her complex litigation experience spans from the inception of litigation to successful resolution, including preparation of pleadings and dispositive motions; preservation, collection, and production of electronically stored information; preparation of and response to written discovery and third-party discovery; identification and development of expert witnesses; conducting fact and expert depositions; presentation of arguments before federal and state judges and discovery special masters; and negotiation of settlement agreements.

Lisa has considerable experience in managing mass tort litigation.  She represented a major agribusiness in multi-district litigation filed by nearly 200 plaintiffs arising from commercialization of a herbicide-tolerant seed system.  She also 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.  

In addition to managing mass tort litigation, Lisa has counseled major agribusiness on minimizing its exposure when commercializing future biotechnology.  She has also represented clients in environmental CERCLA actions and commercial litigation.

Prior to entering private practice, Lisa served as law clerk to the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen and the Honorable George W. Draper of the Missouri Court of Appeals. 

In the Community

Lisa has served as a board member of the Carl & Mildred Reeves Foundation since 2014. She currently serves as the Foundation’s Vice President and Secretary.

Currently, Lisa serves as a member of the St. Louis Art Museum’s Corporate Partners Committee.

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Sedona Conference
  • American Agricultural Law Association

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (2009)
  • B.A., Political Science & History, Miami University (2006)
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