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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Medical & Dental Malpractice
  • Nursing Home


  • Saint Louis University, J.D. 2002
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television, cum laude, 1992


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

Practice Description

Dede K. 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 and compliance

Ms. Zupanci has represented clients in Illinois and Missouri, including metropolitan and rural hospitals, as well as nurses and physicians.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2017-2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2012)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Illinois State Bar Association Scholarship
  • Saint Louis University Public Law Review
    • Notes and Comments
  • Saint Louis University School of Law Scholarship

Published Legal Writing

  • “Policy Prevails: The Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Expand Apparent Agency Claims Against Hospitals,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate attorney Leslie Odom)
  • The Right to Privacy v. The Right to Assistance of Counsel: Balancing the Petrillo Doctrine in Medical Malpractice Cases,” IDC Quarterly (1st Quarter 2017). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate attorney Leslie Odom)
  • “The Relevancy of a Medical Expert's Own Personal Practice,” IDC Quarterly (4th Quarter 2016).
  • Klaine v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services: Are Hospital Credentialing Files Discoverable?” IDC Quarterly (2nd Quarter 2016).
  • “The Liability Relationship between Initial and Successive Tortfeasors,” IDC Quarterly (4th Quarter 2015).

For a complete listing of Published Legal Writing, click here.

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “The Difficult Deposition: Strategies for Preparing Your Witness,” IDC Medical Malpractice Seminar (Chicago IL, 2018)
  • “Pitfalls and Practice Tips for Working with Experts,” IDC Expert Witness Seminar (Chicago IL, 2017)
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2016)
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and the Importance of Charting in Litigation,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2015)
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and Medical Charting Pitfalls,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2015)

For a complete listing of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.