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GORDON R.
BROOM

Partner

gbroom@heplerbroom.com

618-307-1112

Edwardsville, IL

 

Education

  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1969
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in History, 1966

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Practice Description


Gordon R. Broom focused his practice on trials involving practically every area of personal and bodily injury litigation, including lawsuits involving medical malpractice, products liability, and maritime law, as well as general negligence. Mr. Broom has represented clients in Illinois, including Ameren, Allstate, Sprint, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Cassens Corporation, and Piasa Motor Fuels.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • American Bar Foundation (life member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (emeritus)
    • Advocate (since 1994)
    • President, Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter (2001)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (emeritus)
    • Fellow (since 1994)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (emeritus)
    • President (2004-2005)
    • Executive Committee (1999-2002)
    • Officer (2002-2004)
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois (inactive)
  • Defense Research Institute (inactive)
    • Board of Directors (2003-2006)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • President (1995-1996)
    • Board of Directors (elected 1986)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Member (emeritus)
    • Fellow (since 2002)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (inactive)
    • Board of Governors (representing Southern District of Illinois) (2010-2016)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2021)
    • 2016 "Lawyer of the Year” - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (State of Illinois)
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation (1996)
  • John E. Guy Award from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel - for dedication and contribution to the trial and defense bar (June 2004)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2020)
  • Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers (2011)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Fifth District of Illinois
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Top 100 Leading Lawyers of Illinois; top ten leading lawyers in Downstate Illinois (2007)
  • Leading Lawyers Network (2005-2019)
    • Advisory Board Member
  • Paul Harris Award, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (1990)
  • Albert Cassen Community Service Award, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce (2013)

Law School Honors/Involvement:


  • Omikron Delta Kappa

Published Legal Writing


  • “The Evolution of Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What started out wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on and what has developed may be too good to last,” Declarations (Winter 2003-2004).
  • “What’s Good for the Goose: An Argument for the Symmetrical Application of the Petrillo Doctrine,” IDC Quarterly (Vol 14, No. 4, 2004). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Suing Your Pet Iguana: Equitable Apportionment v. Indivisible Injury,” Illinois Bar Journal (Vol 87, January 1999).

Legal Lectures & Presentations


Mr. Broom has lectured on topics having to do with trial practice, usually representing the defense perspective. Programs in which he has been a participant in recent years include presentations for:

  • IICLE Trial Evidence Seminar
  • Civil Discovery Practice Seminar
  • IICLE Third Party Practice Seminar
  • ISBA Law Ed Series
    • Tort Reform Day to Day Issues
    • Selecting and Preparing an Expert Witness
  • ISBA Mutual Seminar
    • Conflicts of Interest that Can Lead to Malpractice Claims: Multiple Representations
    • Unrepresented Parties
    • Outside Business Interests with Clients
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s, spring and fall seminars on:
    • Closing arguments in comparative fault cases
    • Use of rehabilitation expert witnesses to mitigate damages
    • Trial strategies associated with contribution and apportionment
    • Instructing juries in multiple party lawsuits
    • Catastrophic injury and punitive damage cases
  • Faculty, IDC Trial Academy
  • Panelist, ABOTA/FDCC Jury Trial Summit Program (2005)
  • “Class Actions in the United States: Lawsuit du Jour,” DRI Joint International Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2004)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ Annual Meeting, (“The Tri-Partite Relationship in Defending Insureds: Ethical Problems in Discovery and Client Communications”), Bermuda (1997)
  • “The Court’s Wild Ride Through the Magic Kingdom of UM/UIM Coverage,” ABA TIPS Section on Insurance, ABA Annual Meeting (1996)
  • Panelist, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Symposium, “Who is the Client? The Tripartite Relationship”

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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