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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice


  • The John Marshall Law School, n/k/a UIC John Marshall Law School, 1995
  • The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Communications, 1990


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Michael J. Chessler focuses his practice on complex business litigation matters, including asbestos and toxic tort litigation. Since 2004, he has represented mainly manufacturer and contractor clients in hundreds of cases pending in Illinois [including Madison, McLean (Bloomington) and Cook Counties] and Missouri [including St. Louis City and Jackson County (Kansas City)]. The numerous clients he has represented include Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. He has also tried a plaintiff’s Civil Rights case before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Before joining Hepler Broom, Mr. Chessler practiced in Washington, DC focusing on Customs and International Trade law for a boutique law firm.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Corpus Juris Secondum Award for Scholastic Excellence in Torts

Published Legal Writing

  • “Responding to Personal Jurisdiction Discovery after Daimler,” HeplerBroom Blog (September 13, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • "Spoliation of Evidence," IDC Defense Update on Civil Practice and Procedure (2009).


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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