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Edwardsville, IL



  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. 2003
  • Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, cum laude, 2000


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Description

Matthew B. Champlin focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including:

  • Personal injury/wrongful death
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Public utilities and local governmental entities
  • Construction and real estate litigation
  • Property damage
  • Appeals

He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in complex litigation throughout the state of Illinois. Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Champlin served judicial clerkships with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Chair, Insurance Law Committee
    • Supreme Court Watch columnist, IDC Quarterly (2020-2022)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Natural Gas Claims & Litigation Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2017-2022)
    • Emerging Lawyer (2015-2016)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Order of the Coif
  • The Missouri Law Review
    • Member and Note and Comment Editor
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Recipient, International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Other Professional Activities

  • Arbitrator, Third Judicial Circuit Court (Madison County IL)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
    • Former Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
    • Former Instructor, Litigation
    • Paralegal Unified Advisory Board Committee
  • Municipal Adjudication Officer, Village of Glen Carbon IL
  • Volunteer, Madison County Legal Clinic

Published Legal Writing

  • "Supreme Court Watch Column," IDC Quarterly, Vols. 30-32 (2020-2022).
  • “Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Viability and Scope of Gant: Negligent Training Claims Against Employers for Employee’s Motor Vehicle Accident,” HeplerBroom Blog (September 30, 2021). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Illinois Supreme Court Holds that Implied Warranty of Habitability Inapplicable to Sub-Contractors Absent Contractual Relationship with Purchaser,” HeplerBroom Blog (June 11, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “An Illinois Supreme Court Reminder of What Constitutes Willful and Wanton Conduct under Tort Immunity Act: Barr v. Cunningham, 2017 IL 120751,” HeplerBroom Blog (May 17, 2017). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “The Confidential Good-Faith Settlement Conundrum: The Case for Full Disclosure of Settlement Terms to Non-Settling Tortfeasors,”IDC Quarterly Vol. 23, No. 4 (2013). (This article can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Third-Party Practice,” Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Update, Bloomington, Illinois (2012).

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • People v. Thomas, 2020 IL App (1st) 190954
  • Carver v. Illinois Power Company, 2014 IL App (5th) 130348-U
  • Pocklington v. AmerenIP, 2012 IL App (4th) 110808-U
  • Bell v. AmerenCIPS, No. 5-10-0129 (5th Dist., Feb. 25, 2011)
  • Pocklington v. AmerenIP, No. 4-09-0914 (4th Dist., July 23, 2010)
  • Wood v. Central Illinois Public Service Company, 5-08-0445 (5th Dist., Aug. 17, 2009)
  • Wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the defendants in Thompson v. Gordon, 241 Ill. 2d 428 (2011); Illinois Supreme Court found in favor of defendants.