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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Property Damage


  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1969
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in History, 1966


  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Practice Description

Gordon R. Broom focused his practice on trials involving practically every area of personal and bodily injury litigation, including lawsuits involving medical malpractice, products liability, and maritime law, as well as general negligence. Mr. Broom has represented clients in Illinois, including Ameren, Allstate, Sprint, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Cassens Corporation, and Piasa Motor Fuels.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (emeritus)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter President (2001)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, emeritus)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (emeritus)
    • President (2004-2005)
    • Executive Committee (1999-2002)
    • Officer (2002-2004)
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois (inactive)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • President (1995-1996)
    • Board of Directors (elected 1986)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Member (emeritus)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (inactive)
    • Board of Governors (representing Southern District of Illinois)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019)
    • 2016 "Lawyer of the Year” - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (St. Louis Metropolitan Area)
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation (1996)
  • John E. Guy Award from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel - for dedication and contribution to the trial and defense bar (June 2004)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2019)
  • Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers (2011)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Fifth District of Illinois
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Top 100 Leading Lawyers of Illinois; top ten leading lawyers in Downstate Illinois (2007)
  • Leading Lawyers Network (2005-2019)
    • Advisory Board Member

Law School Honors/Involvement:

  • Omikron Delta Kappa

Published Legal Writing

  • “The Evolution of Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What started out wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on and what has developed may be too good to last,” Declarations (Winter 2003-2004).
  • “What’s Good for the Goose: An Argument for the Symmetrical Application of the Petrillo Doctrine,” IDC Quarterly (Vol 14, No. 4, 2004).
  • “Suing Your Pet Iguana: Equitable Apportionment v. Indivisible Injury,” Illinois Bar Journal (Vol 87, January 1999).

Legal Lectures & Presentations

Mr. Broom has lectured on topics having to do with trial practice, usually representing the defense perspective. Programs in which he has been a participant in recent years include presentations for:

  • IICLE Trial Evidence Seminar
  • Civil Discovery Practice Seminar
  • IICLE Third Party Practice Seminar
  • ISBA Law Ed Series
    • Tort Reform Day to Day Issues
    • Selecting and Preparing an Expert Witness
  • ISBA Mutual Seminar
    • Conflicts of Interest that Can Lead to Malpractice Claims: Multiple Representations
    • Unrepresented Parties
    • Outside Business Interests with Clients
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s, spring and fall seminars on:
    • Closing arguments in comparative fault cases
    • Use of rehabilitation expert witnesses to mitigate damages
    • Trial strategies associated with contribution and apportionment
    • Instructing juries in multiple party lawsuits
    • Catastrophic injury and punitive damage cases
  • Faculty, IDC Trial Academy
  • Panelist, ABOTA/FDCC Jury Trial Summit Program (2005)
  • “Class Actions in the United States: Lawsuit du Jour,” DRI Joint International Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2004)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ Annual Meeting, (“The Tri-Partite Relationship in Defending Insureds: Ethical Problems in Discovery and Client Communications”), Bermuda (1997)
  • “The Court’s Wild Ride Through the Magic Kingdom of UM/UIM Coverage,” ABA TIPS Section on Insurance, ABA Annual Meeting (1996)
  • Panelist, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Symposium, “Who is the Client? The Tripartite Relationship”