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Chicago, IL



  • Drake University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1998
  • Drake University, B.A. in English & History with Cultural Studies Concentration, magna cum laude,1995


  • Illinois

Practice Description

LaDonna L. Boeckman focuses her practice on the defense of medical and dental professionals.

Earlier in her career, Boeckman was in-house litigation counsel for a multi-line insurance carrier in Des Moines, Iowa. Over the years, she has defended insureds in auto collision cases and businesses from premises liability claims, as well as handled civil rights claims. For the past 15 years, she has focused on defending medical and dental professionals and entities.

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyer’s list of “Ones to Watch” (2021)
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for Outstanding Defense Verdict in a dental malpractice matter; awarded by Jury Verdict Reporter (2012)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Drake University Law Review
    • Notes Editor (1997-1998)
    • Moot Court Board
  • Drake Law Women
    • Vice President (1997-1998)
    • Executive Board (1996-1997)
  • Extern Law Clerk, Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer, Southern District of Iowa
  • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Executive Board (1996-1997)

Published Legal Writing

  • “What is Objectively Unreasonable Healthcare? Has the Implementation of Kingsley v. Hendrickson Caused an Unworkable Standard for Evaluating a Healthcare Professional’s Medical Decision-Making under Section 1983?” HeplerBroom Blog (March 11, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Bestowing the Key to Public Education: The Effects of Judicial Determinations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act on Disabled and Nondisabled Students,” 46 Drake L. Rev. 855 (1998).

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Obtained dismissal of dentist in dental negligence action where patient claimed negligent application of dental veneers.
  • Obtained dismissal of emergency medicine physician in medical malpractice action alleging injury following intubation of patient.
  • Obtained defense verdict for emergency medicine physician in medical malpractice action alleging developmentally challenged woman who was improperly discharged from emergency department, resulting in her sexual assault.
  • Obtained defense verdict for premises owner when patron claimed automatic car wash caused damage to vehicle.
  • Obtained dismissal of dental clinic defendant in dental negligence action alleging injury to sinus cavity during tooth extraction.


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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