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DEDE K.
ZUPANCI

Partner

dzupanci@heplerbroom.com

618-307-1234

Edwardsville, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Physician & Nursing Professional Liability
  • Hospital Premises Liability
  • Nursing License Disciplinary Actions
  • Hospital Regulation & Compliance

Education

  • Saint Louis University, J.D. 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, magna cum laude
    • Radio-Television, cum laude (1992)
    • Dean’s List
    • Frank Stanton Radio-Television Scholarship
    • Four-year varsity softball team member
    • Academic All-American Division I (Midwest)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States District Courts in the Southern District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Description


Ms. Zupanci focuses her practice on healthcare defense litigation and regulatory matters, including:

  • Physician & Nursing Professional Liability
  • Hospital Premises Liability
  • Nursing License Disciplinary Actions
  • Hospital Regulation & Compliance

Ms. Zupanci has represented clients in Illinois and Missouri. Clients include metropolitan and rural hospitals, nurses, and physicians.

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Public Law Review at Saint Louis University.
  • Recipient of the Saint Louis University School of Law Scholarship and Illinois State Bar Association Scholarship.

Professional Association Involvement


  • Member of Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association

Awards & Distinctions


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2012
  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell

Legal Lectures


  • Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and Medicare Fraud Overview - Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, October 2013
  • The Strengthening of the Petrillo Rule - Post Aylward – IDC Spring Symposium, April 2012
  • Illinois Medical Malpractice Law – Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, June 2011
  • Illinois Tort Reform Update – Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, May 2010
  • Illinois Tort Reform Update – Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, April 2009
  • What a Plaintiff Must Prove to Be Successful in a Medical Malpractice Claim - Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, April 2009
  • It is Time for My Deposition: Why Am I Here and What Do I Do? – Presentation to Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, June 2008

Publications


  • “Hospital Vicarious Liability at Trial: A Review of Proper Jury Instructions” – IDC Quarterly, 2nd Quarterly 2015
  • “The Lost Chance Doctrine is Still Alive in Medical Malpractice Actions: Hemminger v. LeMay” – IDC Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2014
  • “Demonstrative Evidence to Aid Expert’s Testimony: Ensuring Its Admissibility” – IDC Quarterly, 2nd Quarter 2014
  • Perkey v. Portes-Jarol Clarifies Whether a Right to Recoupment Bars a Reduction in Judgment” - IDC Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2013
  • “When Does A Consent Form Defeat Apparent Agency For Hospitals?” - IDC Quarterly, 2nd Quarter 2013
  • “When is a Physician Qualified to Testify on the Standard of Care of a Nurse?” – IDC Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2012
  • “Telephone Call Seeking Medical Advice Did Not Establish Hospital-Patient Relationship” – IDC Quarterly, 3rd Quarter 2012
  • Aylward Affirms Petrillo Progeny: Defense Counsel May Not Speak Ex parte With Employees Unless Conduct is Basis for Liability” – IDC Quarterly, 3rd Quarter 2011
  • “Institutional Negligence and Negligent Credentialing: Potential Liability for Hospitals” – IDC Quarterly, 2nd Quarter 2011
  • “Requests to Admit Reasonableness of Medical Bills May Require More Investigation” – IDC Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2010
  • “Which Version of § 5/2-622 is Law Post-Lebron?” – IDC Quarterly, 3rd Quarter 2010