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Zupanci, Dede K.

Office: Edwardsville
Phone: 618-307-1234
Email: dzupanci@heplerbroom.com
Licenses: IL/MO

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

  • Physician and Nursing professional liability
  • Hospital premises liability
  • Nursing license disciplinary actions
  • Hospital regulation and compliance

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

Bar Admissions:
Ms. Zupanci is licensed in Illinois and Missouri. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri.

Law School:
Saint Louis University, J.D. 2002

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.

Undergraduate School:
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)

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member of Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association

Awards; Honors; 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

“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

 Dede Zupanci