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Edwardsville, IL



  • Washington University School of Law-St. Louis, J.D., 1988
  • Grinnell (IA) College, B.A. in English, 1985


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

Practice Description

Brenda G. Baum focuses her practice on mass tort lawsuits involving products liability. Since 2001, she has represented both product manufacturers and premises defendants in thousands of cases pending in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in Illinois and Missouri, in addition to overseeing cases filed in other plaintiff-oriented jurisdictions such as California, Louisiana, and others.

Before joining HeplerBroom, Ms. Baum defended both individuals and corporations in various types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, premises liability, and construction accidents, as well as defending legal and accounting malpractice cases.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Council for Litigation Management
    • Secretary, St. Louis Chapter
    • Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee
    • Women in the Law
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator, Madison County (Illinois) Court
  • Volunteer, Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association Pro Bono Clinic
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-2021)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2016-2018)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • Defense Co-Chair, HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Conference (St. Louis MO, 2009-2020)
  • “Secondary Exposure Cases in Illinois and Missouri,” American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation (Chicago IL, 2018)
  • “The Case For and Against Joint Compound Manufacturers/Distributors,” Mealey’s Asbestos Conference: Advanced Trial Strategies (Philadelphia PA, 2008)       

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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