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St. Louis, MO


Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos
  • Products Liability
  • Talc
  • Toxic Tort


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Saint Louis University, Honors Bachelor of Arts in Communication, cum laude, 1996


  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Practice Description

Rebecca A. Nickelson focuses her practice on complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Asbestos Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense

Ms. Nickelson leads the St. Louis branch of the firm’s toxic tort department. She represents clients in Missouri and Illinois in multi-million dollar litigation.

Professional Association Involvement

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Attorney-coach, Missouri High School Mock Trial Program (2000-present)
      • Coach, Missouri State Champion and national qualifying team (2001, 2006, 2008, 2011)
      • Coach, National Runner-up team (2011)
      • Co-chair, Missouri High School Mock Trial Program (2012-present)
      • Instructor, St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) Mock Trial (2004-present)
    • Women in the Legal Profession Section
      • Lunch with Leaders Coordinator for New Admittee Reception (2007-2016)
      • Philanthropy Coordinator (2010-2012)
      • Chair (2009-2010)
    • Election Committee (2009-present)
    • Board of Governors (2009-2010)
    • Strategic Planning Committee (2009-2010)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Women in the Law
      • Liaison to Philanthropic Activities Committee (2014-2017)
      • Liaison to Asbestos Subcommittee (2015-present)
      • Public Service Subcommittee Chair (2015-2017)
      • Seminar Steering Committee (2015-present)
      • Committee Leadership (2014-present)
      • Hostess, Women’s Breakfast at DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2013-present)
      • Seminar Marketing Committee (2011-present)
      • Chapter Editor, e-book (2015)
      • Liaison to Public Service Committee (2014-2015)
      • Public Service Subcommittee Vice-Chair (2014) 
    • Asbestos Subcommittee
      • Seminar Marketing Committee (2016-present)
    • Philanthropic Activities Committee
      • Vice-Chair (2018-present)
      • Leadership (2016-present)
    • Law Practice Management, Products Liability, Trial Tactics, Women in the Law, Toxic Torts & Environmental Law (TTEL) Committees
    • Coordinating Committee for DRI's first Rainmaking Seminar (2011-2012)
    • Marketing Committee, Sharing Success Seminar (2011-2012)
    • Young Lawyers Committee
      • Liaison Chair to Law Practice Management Committee (2009-2010)
      • Liaison Vice-Chair to Law Practice Management Committee (2009)
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Lawyers Trust Account Foundation
    • Board member from St. Louis Bar Foundation (2019-present)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • State Representative, Mid Region (2016-present)
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis – WLA

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • President's Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, for contributions to the bar as Co-chair of Missouri High School Mock Trial Committee (2014)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2011-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University Law for nationally recognized Trial Team (2008-2012)
  • John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Young Lawyers' Division (2009)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Negotiation Tactics,” DRI Women in the Law Seminar (San Diego, 2019)
  • “How an Insurance Company Selects the Right Law Firm,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section seminar (St. Louis, 2018)
  • “Handling Discovery and Depositions” and “Settling the Asbestos Claim,” National Business Institute seminar – Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Litigation (Video Webcast, 2018)
  • “St. Louis Asbestos Cases: Practice Pointers,” HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Conference (St. Louis, 2018) [Co-presenter with Judge Elizabeth Hogan (City of St. Louis, MO)]
  • “ISMs: Racism, Sexism, Genderism, Ageism – How Do We Move Forward?” BAMSL CLE (St. Louis MO, 2018). [Co-presenter with Judge Judy Draper (St. Louis County MO)]

For a complete list of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.

Other Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University Law for nationally recognized Trial Team (2008-2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors for Infant Loss Resources f/k/a SIDS Resources (Missouri non-profit organization committed to providing services for those suffering from a loss related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and educating care-givers to prevent it)
  • United Way - Women’s Leadership Society
  • Board of Election Commissioners, St. Louis County election official (2008-2010)