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Chicago and Edwardsville Add New Associate Attorneys

HeplerBroom attorney Hayley Dorfman HeplerBroom attorney Nicholas Scholz
Hayley Dorfman Nicholas Scholz

Hayley A. Dorfman and Nicholas A. Scholz have joined HeplerBroom in its Chicago and Edwardsville offices, respectively.

Dorfman focuses her practice on the defense of insurance, medical and dental malpractice, construction, and personal injury matters. She obtained her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2020. She also holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. While in law school, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team, where she competed in three national trial competitions (Regional, Pretrial, and Ethics), and earned a CALI award for Trial Advocacy 2. She also was Academic Assistance Chair and on the Junior Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. Prior to earning her Juris Doctor, Dorfman served as a HeplerBroom summer associate. She is licensed to practice in Illinois.

Scholz is a general practice attorney with a primary emphasis in commercial, corporate & business, estate planning, intellectual property, and real estate law. Like Dorfman, he is a recent law school graduate, having obtained his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2020. He also holds a B.M. in Performing Arts Management from DePaul University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2017. While in law school, he earned several awards, including one for Excellence in Oral Advocacy and two CALI Excellence for the Future awards. In addition, he was an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, interned with non-profit arts organizations Eighth Blackbird and Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago, and worked as a student attorney in the Washington University School of Law Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic. Prior to earning his Juris Doctor, Scholz served as a HeplerBroom summer associate. He is licensed to practice in Illinois.

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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