Dawn Besserman - Associate
Dawn is an associate at Maune, Raichle, Hartley, French & Mudd, LLC, and her entire practice is devoted exclusively to representing mesothelioma victims and their families.
Dawn is an experienced trial attorney who has dedicated her career to helping injury victims and their families. Prior to joining MRHFM, Dawn concentrated her trial practice on representing victims in wrongful death, product liability and personal injury cases.
Dawn has received an “AV Preeminent” rating through Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. In 2008, she was named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, she was named a "Rising Star" attorney by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2012, she was also named by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 40 lawyer under the age of 40 in the State of Missouri.
Dawn is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois.
Dawn enjoys lecturing at legal seminars and has authored several works on various topics in civil litigation, including tort reform, evidence, cross-examination, and trucking accident litigation.
Dawn is a member of numerous bar associations, and she currently serves as a Member at Large on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). Dawn is also the immediate past Chair of the Women in Legal Profession Section of BAMSL, and she remains actively involved in the philanthropic activities of that section. Since 2009, she has served as the Committee Chairperson for WILP's annual charity drive, which has benefitted local St. Louis charities, including The Salvation Army.
Dawn is happily married, with one son and three stepchildren. She lives with her family in Maryville, Illinois.
Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, B.A. (double major in Political Science and Philosophy), summa cum laude, 1999