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Alexandra Echsner-Rasmussen

Attorney

Alexandra “Cookie” Echsner-Rasmussen received her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, in 2012.  She spent one semester aboard the M.V. Explorer in Fall 2010 and voyaged, circumferentially around the globe, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to San Diego. She received her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 2014, Cum Laude.  Cookie became trained as a 200-hour yoga hatha teacher in 2015 and graduated with her M.S. in Counseling and Psychology with a certification in addiction counseling from Troy University in 2022. She completed her training in EMDR therapy in the spring of 2022.

Cookie has worked on a vast array of pharmaceutical product and medical device mass tort cases.  She has considerable experience preparing for depositions of key witnesses in mass tort litigations.  She was a trial team member for a Xarelto bellwether jury trial in Jackson, Mississippi and in Pennsylvania state court.  The results of the trials ultimately led to a global settlement of the Xarelto MDL.

Additional litigations that Cookie has worked on include the representation of women who suffered personal injuries from the birth control implant Essure and consumers and businesses in claims against Skanska for damages sustained from the destruction of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.  She has worked on the national multidistrict litigation against the manufacturers of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs).

Cookie has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2016.  She is and has been an active member of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee of the Florida Bar since Summer 2018.  She is a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, Women En Mass, and the Society of Women Trial Lawyers.

In addition to her pursuits as a lawyer, Cookie leads weekly meditation and yoga classes at the law firm for fellow lawyers and colleagues.  She is actively taking steps to serve the legal community with her experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm for a holistic approach to mental health and physical wellness from the perspective of a trauma informed approach.  Cookie has written extensively about lawyer and law student well-being.  She has had various speaking engagements and CLE courses on the topic.

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, 2009 – 2012, B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Spanish
  • Semester at Sea, University of Virginia, Fall 2010
  • Florida State University College of Law 2012 – 2014, Juris Doctor and Certificate in International Law
  • Troy University 2020 – 2022, M.S. in Counseling and Psychology with a certification in addiction counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar 2016

Professional Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Mental Health and Wellness Committee of the Florida Bar, Committee Member
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Women En Mass
  • Society of Women Trial Lawyers
  • American Counseling Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Book Award recipient for Int’l Human Rights, Florida State University College of Law, Spring 2014

Publications

  • Tame the Fear: Preparing for the Bar Exam Amidst a Global Pandemic, Ms. JD, June 4, 2020
  • 2 Weeks from the Bar Exam, Lawganic, February 11, 2020
  • Setting Yourself Up For Success on the Bar Exam From Day One, Ms. JD, December 19, 2019
  • A Few Ways to Keep Your Efficiency and Productivity High When YouWork from Home, The Young Lawyer, November 02, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Keeping Yourself in Check Both Mentally and Physically During Trial, The Young Lawyer, September 06, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Yoga at Your Desk, The Young Lawyer, August 07, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Five Ways to Decompress After a Busy Day at the Office, The Young Lawyer, July 02, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • A Few Great Ways to Lift Your Mood While Preparing for the Bar Exam, The Young Lawyer, June 08, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Starting a Meditation Practice as a Young Lawyer When You (Think You) Have No Time, The Young Lawyer, May 22, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • A Few Energetic Snacks to Keep on Hand as Busy Law Student, The Young Lawyer, May 04, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Staying Organized as a Young Lawyer, The Young Lawyer, April 24, 2018 (website no longer active)
  • Successfully Practicing Gratitude and Law in 2018, Ms. JD, January 14, 2018
  • Staying in Your Natural Beet During Trial, The Florida Bar News, November 06, 2017
  • How to Keep Your Cool While You Wait for Bar Results, Ms. JD, September 01, 2017
  • You Have Decided to Re-Take the Bar. What Next?, Ms. JD, May 06, 2017
  • Four Steps to Help You Cope with Bar Exam Failure, Ms. JD, April 13, 2017
  • Tips for Feeling Your Best Self as a First Year Law Student, Ms. JD, March 02, 2017