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Edwardsville, IL



  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. in Psychology, 2006


  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Practice Description

Alemayehu A. Ayanaw focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including asbestos, toxic torts, premises liability, and product liability.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, he served as Attorney Advisor of the Office of Independent Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust. In this role, he helped to oversee the day-to-day operation of the $20 billion fund BP established to address the claims of those affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

While in law school, Mr. Ayanaw clerked for the General Counsel offices of a national producer and distributor of food products and a global biopharmaceutical company, respectively.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leadings Lawyers
    • Emerging Lawyer (2018-2020)

Law Schools Honors/Involvement

  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Microsoft Corporation Fellow
  • Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Board
  • Faculty Appointments Committee

Published Legal Writing

  • “Illinois Senate Bill 1596—Employers’ Civil Liability to Employees,” HeplerBroom Blog (April 4, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • Amicus brief, accepted by Illinois Supreme Court in Moon v. Rhode, addressing the discovery rule in an action brought under the Wrongful Death Act. (Co-author)
  • “PA 98-1131 - Can it Really ‘Breathe Life’ into a Time-Barred Claim?” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2. (2015) (Co-author). (This article can be read here.)

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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