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Asbestos Team Adds Two Attorneys

HeplerBroom attorney Taylor Harris HeplerBroom attorney Colleen LaVelle
Taylor Harris Colleen LaVelle

Taylor A. Harris and M. Colleen LaVelle have joined HeplerBroom’s asbestos and toxic tort teams. Both attorneys are associates in the firm’s St. Louis office.

Harris obtained her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 2017. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, she was on the Dean’s List and earned an Academic Excellence Award in Property Law. Harris is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois and is admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, she defended insurance companies and their insureds in motor vehicle, design liability, construction, and mass tort cases. She also has experience in employment discrimination, personal injury, and criminal matters.

LaVelle obtained her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2018, simultaneously earning a Certificate of Health Law. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science (with minors in Psychology and Classical Humanities) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in law school, she participated in the Study Abroad program to Madrid, Spain, and volunteered for the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. She was also a member of the Women’s Law School Association, the Health Law Association, and the Barrister’s Ball committee.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, LaVelle worked as an associate attorney representing corporate clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including personal injury, premises and product liability, and insurance coverage. She is licensed to practice in Missouri.


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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