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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 is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.