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As part of HeplerBroom’s continuing commitment to provide service and legal counsel during the COVID-19 pandemic, HB attorney Rick Hammond has published timely articles exploring the pandemic’s impact on business interruption insurance.
HeplerBroom attorney Bharat Varadachari was a speaker/moderater at the Commerical General Liability table at the Defense Collaborative and Midwest Claims Association “Speed Dating with Areas of the Law” event
HeplerBroom was recognized at the annual meeting of InfraGard’s Springfield (IL) chapter for supporting the organization’s cybersecurity mission. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI, infrastructure businesses, academic institutions, and state and local law enforcement dedicated to increasing the security of the United States’ critical infrastructures.
A LinkedIn query to insurance adjusters, supervisors, and in-house counsel by St. Louis-based HeplerBroom attorney Michael Young was turned into a legal journal article by New York Attorney Steven Joseph
HeplerBroom attorneys have volunteered to staff a clinic to help vets obtain military and medical records needed to secure healthcare benefits. Clinic is at Madison County Courthouse from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 12
HeplerBroom attorneys Michael Young and Katie Jacobi have published an article in CPCU’s Insights magazine discussing the importance of claims professionals and outside counsel discussing a claim before a written coverage opinion is drafted
Employees in the Edwardsville office of HeplerBroom have again donated to Equipping the Called Foster & Crisis Closet, a non-profit group that provides basic necessities such as clothing and toiletries to children when they are initially placed in foster care
Rick Hammond’s Law Update column for SIU Today (the quarterly magazine of the IASIU) explores the rationale behind a Texas appellate court’s ruling that a public adjuster overstepped his role and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law
HeplerBroom attorney Glenn Davis was a member of a cybersecurity panel at the recent annual convention of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois discussing how to develop and implement a data breach and cybersecurity plan
HeplerBroom attorneys Jennifer Martin, Alec Messina, and Michael Murphy have published an article in the Illinois Manufacturer that highlights how recent cases involving alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act have set some alarming precedents for Illinois companies
Bharat Varadachari has co-authored an article for CLM Magazine that addresses the importance of transportation defense attorneys establishing a sound and respectful working relationship with truck drivers involved in litigation cases
HeplerBroom attorneys Alec Messina and Jennifer Martin will be among the featured speakers at the Illinois Manufacturing Association’s Environmental Compliance Conference, which will be held November 20 in Oak Forest, Illinois
HeplerBroom attorney Alec Messina will be among the featured speakers at the 2019 Annual Air Quality Management Conference of the Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association.
In the Fall 2019 issue of SIU Today, Eric Moch discusses how the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Peach v McGovern has restored common sense to the admissibility of vehicle damage photos in bodily injury trials
HeplerBroom attorney Dan Lytle received a defense verdict on behalf of his St. Clair County (Illinois) client in a multi-plaintiff lawsuit seeking personal injury damages as a result of a motor vehicle accident
HeplerBroom attorneys Glenn Davis and Charles Insler recently secured a FINRA arbitration award against a major national brokerage firm and its registered representative on behalf of the heirs of an elderly client who had suffered from dementia.
HeplerBroom attorney Steve Kaufmann will be one of the featured speakers at an upcoming Tips of the Trade seminar, which is being presented by the ISBA Federal Civil Practice Section and co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association Central District of Illinois.
HeplerBroom partner Linda Hay recently presented a webinar for insurance and long-term care facility executives. The webinar covered the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, the legal record and its importance during litigation, and the law governing the retention of facility records and the production of electronic medical records.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently granted HeplerBroom’s clients a dismissal of an international premise liability case under the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens.
HeplerBroom's Edwardsville office employees recently donated nearly $1,500 to Equipping the Called Foster & Crisis Closet, a non-profit group that provides basic necessities such as clothing and toiletries to children when they are initially placed in foster care.
HeplerBroom partner Rick Hammond’s most recent Law Update column for SIU Today (the quarterly magazine of the International Association of Special Investigators) traces the history of a case where an insurer was not allowed to present evidence that their insured refused to submit to a polygraph case.
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.