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DuChateau Named Editor in Chief of Legal Journal

HeplerBroom attorney James DuChateau
James DuChateau

James DuChateau has been named Editor in Chief of IDC Quarterly, the journal of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC). IDC is the premier organization of defense attorneys in Illinois. Its mission is to advance the interests of the defense bar by ensuring civil justice with integrity, civility, and professional competence. IDC Quarterly is distributed not only to IDC members, but also to all Illinois state court judges and legislators. It has been recognized as a premier state bar journal.

DuChateau, a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest and Mountain West. His practice also includes the representation of financial institution clients in both UCC and REO matters, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. He has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers and an Illinois Super Lawyer, as well as being honored as IDC’s Volunteer of the Year and the Legal Assistance Foundation’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year.

DuChateau earned his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School (n/k/a UIC John Marshall Law School). He also holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Illinois; the various U.S. District Courts for Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois; and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of 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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