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St. Louis, MO



  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. in Philosophy, 1996


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Justin L. Assouad focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Professional liability
  • Educational & Religious Organizations (Tort Claims)
  • Clergy misconduct
  • School law
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Commercial litigation

He has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois, including numerous retailers, product manufacturers and premises owners. He has successfully defended attorneys and law firms in malpractice actions and related proceedings. In addition, he has successfully defended tort claims brought against educational and religious organizations as well as other youth-serving organizations.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer (2016-2017)

Published Legal Writing

  • “Putting Your Legal Malpractice Carrier on Notice of a Potential Claim: Must a Missouri Lawyer ‘Foresee’ Changes in the Law,” HeplerBroom Blog (November 19, 2019). (This blog  post can be read here.)
  • “What’s in a Name? Missouri’s Constitutional Prohibition Against Negligence-Based Claims Arising out of Alleged Sexual Misconduct of Clergy: Who Exactly Qualifies as Clergy?” HeplerBroom Blog (February 13, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • The Voice (DRI Legislative Subcommittee for Missouri) (2010)
  • “The Demise of Contributory Negligence in Professional Liability Cases,” DRI Quarterly Newsletter (June 2011) (Co-author)

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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