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Chicago, IL



  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2015
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A. in Communication with minor in Political Science, with Honors, 2011


  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Lauren F. Crissie focuses her practice on the litigation of professional and general liability cases, with an emphasis on the defense of complex medical, dental, and nursing home issues.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Ms. Crissie practiced as a plaintiff’s attorney in a wide range of civil litigation matters, with a primary focus in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and premises liability.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in:
    • Evidence (Spring 2013)
    • Illinois Civil Procedure (Spring 2014)
  • The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law
    • Staff Editor
  • Moot Court Honors Council
  • Lawyering Skills III, Herzog Competition, Teaching Assistant

Published Legal Writing

  • “Pro Se It Ain’t So: Defending a Meritless Medical Malpractice Suit Filed by a Self-Represented Litigant,” HeplerBroom Blog (March 5, 2020) (This blog can be read here.)
  • “Going for Broke: The Impact of Bankruptcy in Litigation,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2019). (Co-author with HeplerBroom partner Tammera Banasek) (This article can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Anatomy of a Malpractice Claim,” University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School, Lunch & Learn Seminar (2019) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Dress Rehearsal: Preparations Beyond the Law and Evidence,” Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Webinar (2019) (Moderator)


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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