Paul Dix represents people suffering from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. During his career, he's helped hundreds of clients receive financial compensation.
And these are not easy cases. They are complicated and involve factual questions and discovery issues that span decades.
Dix understands the context of when and how asbestos was used, in what applications and industries and how individuals were exposed. Douglas Sinars with Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska said Dix has also developed a practical mastery when it comes to analyzing medical causation. In any given case, this involves challenging questions related to industrial hygiene, microscopy, epidemiology, pathology, microbiology and more.
"Through all of this, Paul does not lose sight of the fact that he represents individuals and families in crisis," Sinars said. "He has compassion for his clients and, if nothing else, hopes to bring clients and their families some measure of financial relief while they face otherwise insurmountable odds."
Dix's efforts, both as an individual attorney and in his current position as a trial team manager, have garnered settlements in excess of $450 million.
And Dix isn't slowing down. He currently oversees dozens of cases filed in Illinois courts on behalf of state workers and veterans injured by companies that manufactured and sold asbestos products. One of his recent cases involved an Illinois client who served as a boiler tender in the U.S. Navy and spent his private career working as a union tradesman in manufacturing facilities. Dix successfully secured more than $2.5 million for the veteran.
In another case, an Illinois woman was exposed to asbestos as a result of her husband's work with asbestos-containing building materials in commercial construction. That case resulted in $2 million in settlements. Dix also represented a professional automotive mechanic who worked at a service station and was exposed to asbestos when changing brakes and clutches. Dix secured more than $2 million for this client.
Dix's peers say that they expect even more big things from this talented attorney in the future.
"Paul maintains a steady, even-handed demeanor while litigating very difficult and often emotionally charged cases," said Edward Casmere, an attorney with Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila. "His professionalism shines through in his dealings with his clients, opposing counsel and judges. He pours himself into his cases by researching, studying and learning intricate details of products, science and medicine, then puts that knowledge to use effectively and efficiently. Paul is tough, but fair, and his word is his bond."
In addition to his legal work, Dix supports his local community through various pro bono activities and volunteer work. He volunteers during Madison County’s Expungement Day, Second Chance Saturday and Right to Work events, providing free legal advice to residents of in the Metro East region outside St. Louis.
Dix has also provided pro bono representation in various family cases, guadian ad litem matters and on behalf of veterans in Madison County and surrounding areas. He regularly supports the Simmons Hanly Conroy employee foundation through volunteering or participating in annual food drives, giving campaigns and other charitable work.