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38 HeplerBroom Attorneys Named to 2020 List of Leading/Emerging Lawyers

HeplerBroom is proud to announce that 29 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 list of Leading Lawyers. Additionally, 9 were named to the list of Emerging Lawyers.

Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state receive the distinction of being named a Leading Lawyer, and only 2% of a state’s licensed lawyers are named an Emerging Lawyer. Nominees are initially selected based on ratings by their peers. To maintain the quality and credibility of these surveys, lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm. This initial set of nominees then undergoes a rigorous vetting of their practice experience and ethical standing. In the final selection process, nominees are reviewed by the Advisory Board. According to Law Bulletin Media, publisher of the lists, the diversity, quality, and public nature of each state’s Advisory Board has helped Leading Lawyers earn its reputation as the most trusted and respected resource to locate reputable, experienced lawyers.

HeplerBroom attorneys on the list of Leading Lawyers, with their respective practice areas, are:

EDWARDSVILLE OFFICE

Beth A. Bauer – class action/mass tort defense

Brenda G. Baum – products liability defense; toxic torts defense

Troy A. Bozarth – class action/mass tort defense; commercial litigation; personal injury defense: general; transportation defense, including aviation, FELA, and maritime

Gordon R. Broom – class action/mass tort defense; personal injury defense: general; products liability defense; professional malpractice defense, including legal, technical, and financial; toxic torts defense

Matthew B. Champlin – personal injury defense: general; products liability defense

Eric P. Hall - products liability defense; toxic torts defense

Jeffrey S. Hebrank – class action/mass tort defense; personal injury defense: general; products liability defense; toxic torts defense

Larry E. Hepler – class action/mass tort defense; personal injury defense: general; products liability defense; toxic torts defense

George A. Kiser – toxic torts defense

Gary A. Meadows – professional malpractice defense, including legal, technical, and financial

Benjamin W. Powell – personal injury defense: general; products liability defense; transportation defense, including aviation, FELA, and maritime

Jason Rankin – class action/mass tort defense; products liability defense

Anne B. Schmidt – products liability defense; toxic torts defense

Dede K. Zupanci - health; medical malpractice defense

ST. LOUIS OFFICE

Gregg A. Kinney - products liability defense; toxic torts defense; transportation defense, including aviation, FELA, and maritime

Theodore J. MacDonald, Jr. – commercial litigation; criminal defense: white collar; medical malpractice defense; alternate dispute resolution: personal injury

Michael Reda – personal injury defense: general

CHICAGO OFFICE

Robert E. Elworth – civil appellate; insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance

Rick Hammond – insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance

Linda J. Hay – medical malpractice defense; personal injury defense: general; professional malpractice defense, including legal, technical, and financial

Eric W. Moch – civil appellate; insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance; personal injury defense: general

Anne M. Oldenburg - medical malpractice defense; personal injury defense: general; professional malpractice defense, including legal, technical, and financial

Stephanie W. Weiner – commercial litigation; construction; insurance; insurance coverage & reinsurance; personal injury defense: general

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE

Ladonna Driver – environmental

Lance T. Jones – employment: management; governmental, municipal, lobbying, & administrative; personal injury defense: general

Stephen R. Kaufmann – class action/mass tort defense; insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance; personal injury defense: general; products liability defense; toxic torts defense

Jennifer M. Martin - environmental

Thomas H. Wilson – civil appellate; commercial litigation

CRYSTAL LAKE OFFICE

Aleen R. Tiffany – construction; personal injury defense: general

HeplerBroom attorneys named to the 2020 list of Emerging Lawyers, with their respective practice areas, include:

EDWARDSVILEE OFFICE

Alemayehu A. Ayanaw – toxic torts defense

Andrew K. Carruthers – closely & privately held business; election, political & campaign; governmental, municipal, lobbying & administrative; real estate: tax; trusts, wills & estates

Daniel C. Lytle – commercial litigation; personal injury defense: general

CHICAGO OFFICE

Matthew H. Brandabur – Medical Malpractice Defense

James P. DuChateau – commercial litigation; insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance

Katie E. Jacobi – civil appellate; insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance

Joseph T. Tripoli - insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance; personal injury defense: general

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE

Michael P. Murphy – insurance, insurance coverage, and reinsurance; personal injury defense: general; products liability defense

Abby L. Sgro – criminal defense: DUI; criminal defense: felonies & misdemeanors; environmental; family; personal injury defense: general

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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