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Attorneys recognized at annual Illinois Defense Council meeting, awards luncheon

Shown, from left: Laura Beasley, Branden Brooks, Meghan Kane and Jennifer Maloney.

Baker Sterchi attorneys Laura Beasley, Meghan Kane, Jennifer Maloney and Branden Brooks were recognized at the recent Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon was held to celebrate the installation of the organization’s new officers and directors, the appointment of committee chairs and vice chairs, recognition of the Awards of Excellence winners, and recognition of the 2021-2022 President and induction of the 2022-2023 President.

Beasley was recognized at the event with an award for her “valuable and devoted service,” as the 2021-2022 IDC President. She also received a 2021-2022 Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation “for having supported and improved the standards and education of the defense bar, and for having contributed to the improvement of the administration of justice in the public interest.”

Beasley is a civil defense trial lawyer who has undertaken more than 45 jury trials in state and federal courts and has represented clients at all phases of litigation, from pre-suit assessment and negotiation to ADR, trial, and appellate level work.

Maloney was honored with the 2022 IDC President’s Award, commenting “I am honored to receive the President’s Award from the IDC, especially from Laura Beasley, who has been a close friend and colleague for many years. It has truly been an honor to support her endeavors to push the defense bar forward in progressive and relevant ways and to always advocate for civility in a practice that sometimes forgets the virtue.”

Maloney is a civil defense litigator and has spent her career advocating for businesses and insurance companies, primarily in the areas of premises liability, product liability, personal injury, and transportation. She is also experienced in toxic tort, pharmaceutical liability, construction, and nursing home litigation. In addition, she is often asked to serve as local counsel in complex commercial and class action litigation, as well as serve as an arbitrator in UI/UIM claims.

Kane was installed as a member of the IDC Board of Directors and serves as vice chair of IDC’s Tort Law Committee. She is a civil defense lawyer focusing on product and premises liability and toxic tort litigation and co-chairs Baker Sterchi’s Product Liability Practice Group.

Brooks was installed as co-chair of the Diversity Committee. He focuses his practice on the defense of toxic tort and product liability matters.

Baker Sterchi was a proud sponsor of the event which was held at the East Bank Club in Chicago.

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