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We Offer Value-Driven Solutions For Our Clients’ Specific Needs

We are real trial lawyers—with a formidable reputation in the most active plaintiffs’ jurisdictions in the Midwest, particularly Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Experience trying a broad variety of cases across many industries, backed by HeplerBroom’s exceptional staff and technology, provide optimal value for any litigation need.

HeplerBroom also engages in a broad business practice. Sophisticated business lawyers resolve corporate law, business formation and entity planning, merger and acquisition, governance, commercial contract, intellectual property, employment, distribution and franchise, compliance, estate planning, and state government, cities, and municipalities.

Our Practice Areas

We serve clients in over 30 practice areas. View Litigation or Corporate Services.


David Bays, Partner

David Bays Partner

Mr. Bays is a litigation attorney with over 18 years representing international oil and gas companies and oil field service companies in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and before domestic and international arbitration panels. Mr. Bays focuses his practice on the defense of complex, multiparty civil cases involving a wide range of subjects, including personal injury, products liability, toxic torts, and commercial litigation.

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Dede Zupanci Partner

Dede Zupanci Partner

Ms. Zupanci focuses her practice on healthcare defense litigation and regulatory matters, including Physician and Nursing professional liability, Hospital premises liability, Nursing license disciplinary actions, and Hospital regulation and compliance. Ms. Zupanci has represented clients in Illinois and Missouri. Clients include metropolitan and rural hospitals, nurses, and physicians.

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Justin Assouad, Partner

Justin Assouad Partner

Mr. Assouad focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including Professional liability, Motor vehicle accidents, Premises liability, Trucking accidents, Product liability, Commercial litigation, and Educational and Religious Organizations (tort claims). Mr. Assouad has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois. He has represented numerous retailers, product manufacturers, premises owners and motor carriers.

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Bharat Varadachari, Partner

Bharat Varadachari Partner

Mr. Varadachari focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including Trucking accidents, Products liability, Premises liability, Motor vehicle accidents, Jones Act claims, Maritime lawsuits, General insurance, Nursing Home Litigation, Benzene/Toxic Exposure, Evaluation of Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 Site Assessments, Identification, Assessment and Solutions for Environmental Conditions,    and Claims against municipalities.

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Troy Bozarth, Partner

Troy Bozarth Partner

Mr. Bozarth focuses his practice on trials involving complex commercial litigation matters, including Class Actions, Insurance Defense, Jones Act, Maritime Law, and Antitrust Law.

Mr. Bozarth recently obtained a favorable opinion from the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, in the Johnson v. First Bank case.

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