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BHARAT
VARADACHARI

Partner

bvaradachari@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4153

St. Louis, MO

 

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Personal Injury & Property Damage

Education

  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • St. Louis University School of Public Health, Masters in Health Administration, 1999
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in History, with minor in Microbiology, 1994

Admissions

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

Practice Description


Bharat Varadachari focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Trucking accidents
  • Products and premises liability
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Jones Act claims
  • Maritime lawsuits
  • General insurance
  • Benzene/toxic exposure
  • Evaluation of Phase 1, Phase 2 & Phase 3 site assessments
  • Identification, assessment & solutions for environmental conditions
  • Claims against municipalities

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • National Transporation Committee
    • Vice-President, St. Louis Chapter
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
  • Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Education Committee
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
    • President-Elect
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Vice-Chair, Legislative Committee
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
    • Executive Board

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star 2010-2012
  • Nominated for Lon Hocker Award (2006)
    • (Awarded to lawyers under 35 years of age who have demonstrated excellence in the art of trial advocacy in the State of Missouri)
  • Lead counsel in obtaining verdict rated “2013 7th Best Verdict in the State of Missouri” by Missouri Lawyers Media
  • Lawyers Media

Published Legal Writing


  • “Driving While Drowsy: Fatigue of the Driver as a Basis for Punitive Damages,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Management Magazine (Spring 2015).
  • “Missouri, Illinois Collateral Source Rules Affect Bodily Injuries Differently,” The Insurance Journal, (October 5, 2009).
  • “Standard of Punitive Damages in Medical Malpractice Actions,” IADC (April 2000).

Legal Lectures & Presentations


Mr. Varadachari has given numerous presentations, both nationally and locally, on topics including bad faith litigation, defense of trucking companies, insurance defense, and general trial tactics.

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Defense verdict for trucking company. Plaintiffs alleged Mr. Varadachari’s client initiated a right turn from the left lane. One plaintiff sustained a fractured skull, broken nose, broken pelvis, and broken ribs. The co-plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries.
  • Defense verdict for insurance carrier in an uninsured motorist case. Mr. Varadachari defended the insurance carrier on allegations that there was a phantom vehicle/uninsured motorist that struck the co-defendant’s vehicle. Jury placed 100 percent of fault on the co-defendant.
  • Defense verdict for trucking company in wrongful death case. Plaintiffs alleged that Mr. Varadachari’s client’s employee struck a pedestrian on the shoulder of the highway, killing him. Plaintiffs had requested $3.3 million from the jury.