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

Practice Description

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

  • Personal injury/wrongful death
  • Public utilities
  • Appeals
  • Products liability
  • Trucking accidents and transportation litigation

He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in complex litigation throughout the state of Illinois. He has successfully represented clients from the investigation of the initial scene of an accident through the appeals process.

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
    • Supreme Court Watch columnist, IDC Quarterly
  • Natural Gas Claims & Litigation Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2017-2020)
    • 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 course
    • Paralegal Unified Advisory Board Committee
  • Volunteer, Madison County Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer judge and mentor, moot court/mock trial events

Published Legal Writing

  • “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.

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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