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Travis joined Rasmussen Dickey Moore in 2018 and practices primarily in the area of toxic torts. Prior to joining RDM, he practiced for a defense firm in Madison County, Illinois, gaining experience in the areas of insurance defense, products liability, and toxic torts.

Prior to going to law school, Travis worked as a construction engineer working in the field with boilers, pumps, valves, piping, vessels, and turbines.

In his free time, Travis can be found at his family’s winery, The Pour Vineyard, working in the cellar and vineyard.

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  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

    Juris Doctor 2013

  • Purdue University

    Bachelor of Science 2010


  • State of Illinois
  • State of Missouri

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Rasmussen Dickey Moore's St. Louis office at 10 South Broadway.

At the end of 2021, two outstanding Rasmussen Dickey Moore associates were named members of the firm. We’re proud to welcome Travis Pour and Brandon Powell as new partners in our St. Louis office!

“We’re excited that our firm is growing,” says Nate Lindsey, member attorney in the St. Louis office. “And that includes promoting new leaders and partners like Brandon and Travis.”

Both Travis and Brandon joined our St. Louis office as associate attorneys in 2018. Their work focuses on toxic torts, products liability defense, and insurance defense, though they also have experience in business law, environmental law, and other fields.

“I am very pleased to have Travis and Brandon joining the partnership at RDM,” says Bryan Skelton, another St. Louis-based member attorney. “I have worked with Travis since 2013 and with Brandon since 2017. They have been a very significant part of my team from the beginning.  They are both excellent attorneys who will serve our clients well into the future. I am looking forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Travis Pour, attorney at Rasmussen Dickey Moore.

Travis Pour

Travis received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Purdue University and attended law school at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2013. With a background in construction engineering, Travis focuses his practice in areas that he has hands-on experience with, defending corporate clients in the construction industry.

“I am honored to be named a partner and I am looking forward to being a part of Rasmussen Dickey Moore’s growth and success.”

Travis and his wife, Katie, find themselves chasing their 18-month-old son, Jude, in their free time. Away from the office and home, Travis helps out at his family’s winery, The Pour Vineyard, in Red Bud, Illinois.

Brandon Powell, attorney at Rasmussen Dickey Moore.

Brandon Powell

Brandon is also a 2013 SIU School of Law alum, graduating summa cum laude, while also serving as editor-in-chief of his law journal and member of the school’s moot court board. Prior to law school, Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Evansville in Indiana.

Following a term as a judicial extern for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2013, Brandon began his practice in Evansville, representing corporate clients in a variety of complex litigation matters. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, both in state and federal courts.

“My entire legal career has been focused on litigation, and I am extremely excited to continue to work with the group of tenacious, detail-oriented litigators at RDM.”

Brandon and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to three boys, including twins born in November of 2021. They reside in O’Fallon, IL

The Department of Justice recently issued a Statement of Interest regarding asbestos claims against personal injury trusts.

Allegations of fraudulent asbestos claims have been an issue in asbestos litigation due to bankruptcy trusts running low on cash, and plaintiffs suing non-bankrupt companies with limited to no asbestos exposure to that company’s product.

In 2018, an affiliate of Georgia Pacific filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to an asbestos litigation case, In Re Bestwall LLC. Recently the United States Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in In Re Bestwall LLC that there “should be transparency in the estimation of asbestos claims in bankruptcy proceedings in order to prevent fraud and abuse.”

“It has become increasingly common for claimants’ counsel to seek duplicative recoveries from multiple sources by misrepresenting the asbestos products to which claimants were exposed. Such duplicative claiming depletes resources that would otherwise be available to compensate deserving claimants filing claims in the future.”

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Douglas Smith

How do these asbestos claims work? And what oversight exists to minimize the possibility of misrepresented or fraudulent claims? RDM associate attorney Travis Pour takes a look at the system as it stands, and how transparency could lead to better outcomes for both claimants and businesses.

What Is an Asbestos Personal Injury Trust?

Over 100 companies have filed for bankruptcy due to current and potential future asbestos related claims. These companies establish asbestos personal injury trusts responsible for both the defense and payment of claims. The formation of these trusts under bankruptcy proceedings ostensibly protects successor companies from facing complicated, costly litigation.

Dozens of such asbestos personal injury trusts have paid out over $20 billion. Claims number in the hundreds of thousands and continue to be filed. Trusts are arranged with the intention of paying both current and future claimants.

Trust advisory committees oversee these claims. The committees are often made up of plaintiffs’ attorneys who represented claimants during the bankruptcy proceedings, and it is not unusual for the same plaintiffs’ attorneys to sit on multiple trust advisory committees. Claims are filed directly with the trust, outside of the court system. The arrangement is rife with opportunity for conflicts of interest.

Contradictions, Conflicts, and Standards in Asbestos Claims

A study of claims made against the trust of Garlock Sealing Technology found a pattern of claims which directly contradicted other claims filed against other trusts by the same claimants and law firms. “In essence, this system permits the same firms that stand to benefit when the bankruptcy trusts pay claims to write the requirements for payments by those trusts,” states the study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. “The standards for claims that result from this process are predictably lax.”

With oversight and transparency lacking in this web of claims, there is an opportunity to “double dip” with claims against multiple trusts, as the claims against one trust are not compared to those against another. Claimants are not required to disclose evidence indicating their exposure may have come from another source, nor that they have filed claims against other trusts. Oversight of the trusts is not coordinated, leaving the door open to file multiple claims without checks to verify that one claim does not contradict another.

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Additionally, claims presented to the trust advisory committees are held to much lower standards than those that would be required at a jury trial. Claimants can make a claim based on “any exposure,” a standard which has been rejected by courts across the country. Former plaintiffs’ attorney Thomas M. Wilson states the trusts are “factories for processing claims that wouldn’t pass muster in court.”

Trusts have limited resources based on current and potential future claims. Misrepresented claims dilute the pool of available compensation for those with malignant injuries who file legitimate claims. Another study by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice indicated that persons with non-malignant conditions accounted for 86 percent of all claims made to the trusts. These claimants usually would not have been eligible or likely to prevail in the judicial tort system.

Moving Forward

Sixteen states have already passed legislation requiring disclosure of basic information regarding other sources of asbestos compensation as well as the asbestos products to which claimants were exposed. Legislation is pending in Missouri that would also address the issues of transparency and conflicting claims.

With the Department of Justice’s filing of this Statement of Interest, there is hope for more transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts to find inconsistent claims in other asbestos proceedings. Indeed, the Department of Justice has filed previous statements in other proceedings. According to the DOJ, the statement issued in late 2020 is “part of broader efforts by the department to look for opportunities to increase the transparency of asbestos bankruptcy proceedings and asbestos trusts in order to protect the interests of legitimate claimants.”

Rasmussen Dickey Moore is known across the nation for our work in the field of asbestos litigation. Our toxic torts, products liability, and environmental law teams have decades of experience defending businesses and insurers against all types of asbestos claims, including those that are misrepresented or fraudulent. Contact RDM today to discuss your asbestos case.