Jan 17, 2019
Rebecca Nickelson, a partner in the firm’s St. Louis office, was part of a recent DRI podcast highlighting the exponential growth of the organization’s public service activities through its Philanthropic Activities Committee.
Jan 15, 2019
Jan 14, 2019
HeplerBroom LLC has elected these 5 new partners: Kevin Birkenmeier, Pamela Gamble, Charles Insler, Katie Jacobi, and Christian Willenborg, M.D.
Jan 10, 2019
Bharat Varadachari has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the St. Louis County Bar Association. This is his third year on the board.
Jan 08, 2019
Rebecca Nickelson and Amy Johnson will be among the speakers at DRI’s Women in the Law Conference, which is being held in Coronado, California, on January 23-29. HeplerBroom is a sponsor of the conference.
Jan 03, 2019
Eric Hall, a partner in the firm’s Edwardsville office, was featured in a recent issue of the Illinois Business Journal.
Dec 27, 2018
Kathleen Hamilton and Bradley Zaffiri recently obtained summary judgment for a client in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (Timothy Farkas v. Overton Industries, Inc., et al; No. 4:17-CV-761 RLW).
Dec 20, 2018
In his most recent “Law Update” column for SIU Today, Rick Hammond explores the issue of when is an appropriate time for an insurer to demand appraisal and when might it be too late.
Dec 18, 2018
Rebecca Nickelson has been appointed Vice Chair of DRI’s Philanthropic Activities Committee.
Dec 04, 2018
Joseph T. Tripoli has joined HeplerBroom in its Chicago office as an associate attorney. Tripoli concentrates his practice in the area of civil defense litigation, with a focus on the defense of injury claims involving third-party liability and insurance/medical fraud. He is also experienced in general liability defense.
Nov 29, 2018
Thomas Magee, a partner in HeplerBroom’s St. Louis office, has been chosen as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in St. Louis by Thomas Reuters’ Super Lawyers.
Nov 27, 2018
Charles Insler has published an article in The Computer & Internet Lawyer on handling litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
Nov 20, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that Kelley Rhine and Kaitlin Salisbury have joined the firm as associate attorneys.
Nov 14, 2018
Six HeplerBroom attorneys have been named 2018 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, and four have been named Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars.
Nov 08, 2018
What happens when a plaintiff dies during litigation? Tammera Banasek and Matthew Brandabur have published an article in the IDC Quarterly that examines the potential impact of such an occurrence.
Nov 06, 2018
Michael Young and Bharat Varadachari will speak to St. Louis Chapter of CPCUs about new MO insurance statutes and their effect on liability coverage and bad faith claims.
Nov 01, 2018
Hepler Broomhas been ranked nationally as a 2019 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
Oct 30, 2018
Leslie Odom will be one of three featured speakers at a Nov. 10 workshop on legal, professional, and crisis response issues for mental health professionals whose clients have had suicidal thoughts. The workshop is sponsored by Creve Coeur Counseling Associates.
Oct 26, 2018
HelperBroom represented Lone Star Industries Inc. in its sale of nearly 2700 acres from a former mining operation near Oglesby to the IL Dept of Natural Resources.
Oct 25, 2018
Being a member of ASCAP and a voting member of the Grammys gives Eric Hall an interesting perspective on the intersection of asbestos defense and music.
Oct 23, 2018
Susan Wagener will be one of the featured speakers at the American Nurses Association’s Illinois Professional Issues Conference, which is being held in Lisle, Illinois, on November 3. Wagener will encourage nursing professionals to advocate on their own behalf to protect and defend their nursing licenses.
Oct 18, 2018
At its recent annual meeting, the Missouri Bar honored HeplerBroom partner Larry Hepler for his 50 years of membership. Later the same day, the firm’s Edwardsville office held a congratulations party in his honor.
Oct 16, 2018
Three HeplerBroom partners—Jeff Hebrank, Troy Bozarth, and Kathy Hodge—were named to Leading Lawyers’ list of Top 10 business lawyers in downstate Illinois. HeplerBroom was the only law firm to have more than one attorney make the list.
Oct 11, 2018
On November 9, HeplerBroom is co-sponsoring an environmental seminar in Springfield IL on Illinois Water Laws and Regulations. Topics: Illinois water regulatory and enforcement updates, water issues affecting utilities and agriculture. Professional engineers can earn 6.5 PDHs; Illinois attorneys can earn 6.5 CLEs (1.0 Illinois Professionalism hour).
Oct 09, 2018
Glenn Davis has published an article for the League of Healthcare Experts that tackles the issue of healthcare information vulnerability.
Oct 04, 2018
A federal court recently denied class action certification to a former medical school faculty member of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. HeplerBroom partner Thomas Wilson is the lead defense attorney on the case.
Oct 02, 2018
Bharat Varadachari has co-authored an article for Claims Management Magazine stressing the importance of defense counsel preparing commercial truck drivers for deposition and trial testimony.
Sep 27, 2018
Managing partner Troy Bozarth was profiled recently in Leading Lawyers Magazine-Business Edition. The article details his path to becoming an attorney and his career at HB, especially his work with class action cases.
Sep 25, 2018
HeplerBroom is proud to announce that Kathy Hodge has been named to Leading Lawyers’ list of the Top 10 environmental lawyers in Illinois.
Sep 18, 2018
An Illinois appeals court recently overturned a $4.6 million verdict awarded a mechanic who claimed his mesothelioma was caused from asbestos-containing welding rods. The welding rods’ manufacturer, Hobart Brothers, was represented by Jeffrey Hebrank.
Sep 13, 2018
Rick Hammond, a partner in the Chicago office, has published another in his series of “Law Update” columns for SIU Today, the quarterly magazine published by the International Association of Special Investigation Units. In the article, Hammond details a Colorado hail damage case in which an insurer sought to have an award vacated on the basis that the client’s appraiser was not sufficiently impartial.
Sep 11, 2018
Glenn Davis, the lead partner for HBCyberGroup (HeplerBroom’s Cybersecurity, Data Breach & Privacy Protection team), will be a featured speaker at an upcoming League of Healthcare Experts “Lunch & Learn” seminar.
Sep 06, 2018
Linda Hay and Anne Oldenburg will be the featured speakers at two upcoming dental industry seminars. Continuing education credits are available for both seminars.
Aug 30, 2018
HeplerBroom and the Chicagoland chapters of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) recently donated over $1,600 to the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. The monies were generated from the second annual insurance law and coverage seminar the two co-sponsored.
Aug 23, 2018
HeplerBroom was a proud sponsor of the eleventh annual St. Louis Diversity Job Fair. Rebecca Nickelson, a partner in the firm’s St. Louis office, recently met with numerous law students to interview them for Summer Associate positions with the firm. Kate Watkins and Zoe Gross, attorneys in the firm’s St. Louis office, attended the Job Fair Reception to welcome students before the interviews.
Aug 22, 2018
Brenda Baum, Meghan Kane, and Zachary Pashea were among 22 attorneys in the Third Judicial Circuit who volunteered their legal services to members of the public during the second quarter of 2018
Aug 21, 2018
HeplerBroom partner Glenn E. Davis has been named Best Lawyers 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Law in the St. Louis area.
Aug 16, 2018
HeplerBroom LLC is proud to announce that 15 of its attorneys have recently been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Aug 14, 2018
Michael T. Griffin has joined HeplerBroom in its Hammond, Indiana, office as an associate attorney
Aug 13, 2018
Partners Rick Hammond, Eric Moch, and Michael Young are scheduled to be the featured speakers at a Farm Bureau Special Investigations Unit seminar on August 16. The event is being held in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Aug 10, 2018
The St. Louis Business Journal has included HeplerBroom on its 2018 list of St. Louis’ largest law firms. The list includes local, regional, and national firms ranked by number of local licensed attorneys
Aug 09, 2018
Three of HeplerBroom's asbestos litigation partners--Brenda Baum,Eric Hall, and Rebecca Nickelson--will play key roles at HarrisMartin's annual Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, which will be held September 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.
Aug 07, 2018
A recent article by Jennifer Martin and Josh Houser, HB environmental law partner and associate respectively, tracks the history and uncertain future of clean construction and demolition debris landfills and uncontaminated soil sites in Illinois.
Jul 31, 2018
HeplerBroom recently hosted a one-day employment law seminar at the Edwardsville office. Topics covered included an array of employment law matters, including sexual harassment, EEOC investigations, social media in the workplace, internal investigations, and cybersecurity. Speakers were HeplerBroom attorneys who are experienced in navigating human resource compliance issues, as well as firm attorneys who have represented both employees and employers in employment-related litigation.
Jul 26, 2018
Melissa Brown’s recent HB blog post on an OSHA standard was re-published in the Energy and Environment Blog of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA). The post provides an update on the standards for respirable crystalline silica for general industry and for maritime and the applicable enforcement start dates.
Jul 24, 2018
Associate attorney Katie Jacobi has been named Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. She has also been named an Assistant Editor of the organizationâ€™s legal journal, IDC Quarterly.
Jul 19, 2018
Jul 12, 2018
HeplerBroomâ€™s Edwardsville office sponsored a networking breakfast for southern Illinois members of the Womenâ€™s Bar Association of Illinois.
Jul 10, 2018
In a recent â€œWriterâ€™s Cornerâ€ column for DRIâ€™s For the Defense magazine, Michael Young and Katie Jacobi tackled the thorny question of how to decide when it is and is not helpful to deviate from standard grammar rules, particularly when an old rule is transitioning to something new.
Jul 05, 2018
Kurt Hentz has been awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Defense Research Institute (DRI).
Jun 26, 2018
In his Summer 2018 column for SIU Today, Rick Hammond explores a recent decision by the Court of Appeals of Washington that dramatically changes the landscape on the issue of imposing a duty of good on â€œall personsâ€ engaged in the business of insurance.
Jun 14, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that Katie Fulara Vinge and Jaime L. Padgett have joined the firm as associate attorneys. Vinge concentrates her practice on civil litigation, with a focus on construction injury and defect as well as professional liability cases. Padgett focuses her practice on complex civil litigation matters, including the defense of catastrophic bodily injury claims in construction, trucking, and premises liability cases.
Jun 12, 2018
Michael Reda, a partner in the firm, has been invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Jun 07, 2018
Meg Fowler and Brad Zaffiri recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their insurance broker client in St. Louis County following a three-day jury trial.
Jun 05, 2018
May 31, 2018
Michael Young will discuss Insurance Issues in the 5th District at the June 8 Illinois Best Practice Series seminar entitled, â€œCivil Case Law Update, Insurance Issues and Ethics.â€ The seminar is sponsored by United States Arbitration & Mediation.
May 22, 2018
HeplerBroom welcomes second-year law students Christin Doyle, Elliott Kim, Robert Hartzer, Ayha Ibrahim, and Tara Knowlton to its 2018 Class of Summer Associates. HBâ€™s 12-week Summer Associate Program introduces select law students to the firmâ€™s legal practice, business model, and culture.
May 17, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that Gordon K. Walton, principal and owner of Walton Law Group LLC, has joined the firm as a partner in the firmâ€™s Chicago office. Walton focuses his practice on all aspects of insurance law, from coverage opinions through trial. He has over two decades of experience in a wide range of complex insurance matters and offers strategic advice to local and national clients on insurance matters regarding risk analysis and management, coverage analysis, and claims counseling and coordination.
May 15, 2018
Rebecca Nickelson spoke recently on a panel for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) on the topic of â€œISMs: Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Genderism â€“ How Do We Move Forward?â€
May 10, 2018
Aleen Tiffany and Jamie Rein recently secured summary judgment in a Northwest Indiana suit seeking $92 million in property and lost profit damages against a number of construction contractors and engineering firms. The suit arose out of the collapse of a stacker reclaimer in 2014, and dismissal was secured on behalf of the electrical contractor who had performed work on the stacker as part of a rehabilitation/upgrade project years earlier.
May 08, 2018
Rick Hammond will be one of the faculty members at the Litigation Management College, which is being held at the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center in Philadelphia on May 20-23. The College, which is sponsored by the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, has an international reputation for being the premier advanced training course for claims professionals.
May 03, 2018
Eric Hall, Lauren Collins, Willie Lyles, and Kate Watkins recently attended the 18th annual Unity Dinner. The sold-out event, which was held in University City, Missouri, was presented by the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and co-sponsored by the Mound City Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, the South Asian Bar Association of North America, and The Women Lawyersâ€™ Association of Greater Saint Louis. The Dinner recognizes and celebrates diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, as well as the strong bonds between the St. Louis area minority bar associations.
May 01, 2018
Michael Youngâ€™s article in the April issue of Coverage Opinions examines the history behind the 1976 Maryland Casualty v. Peppers decision, a case that helped establish one of the fundamental principles of insurance law, i.e. the right to independent counsel. The article was characterized by the newsletter as being â€œcleverâ€ and â€œimpressive.â€
Apr 26, 2018
Anne Oldenburg and Linda Hay will be the featured speakers at Legalities in the Dental Industry, a Dental CE Solutions seminar being held in Davenport, Iowa, on May 10, 2018. The program is aimed at restorative clinicians and their administrative staff and is intended to keep them up to date on the legal changes in the industry.
Apr 24, 2018
Insler's Bar Journal Article Explores Increase in Number of Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act Litigation Cases
In an article in the March 2018 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, Charles Insler examines the dual questions of why there has been a large increase in the number of cases involving Illinoisâ€™ 10- year-old Biometric Information Privacy Act and how to defend against them. Insler also notes that the majority of these cases are class actions, raising the potential for dramatically amplified damages.
Apr 23, 2018
On May 4, the public is invited to a free Law Day celebration at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville. This yearâ€™s theme is Separation of Powers, and Judges David Dugan (Madison County), John Oâ€™Gara (St. Clair County), and Richard Brown (Randolph County) will discuss the part that the judicial branch plays in enforcing and upholding the law.
Apr 20, 2018
Katie Jacobi and Zoe Gross are serving as panel moderators for an Illinois Defense Counsel Insurance Law Seminar, which is being held in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 3. The seminar will address how policyholders, defense lawyers, and insurance claims professionals can respond to, litigate, and settle claims and lawsuits involving liability coverage issues.
Apr 19, 2018
Partner Kathleen Hamilton and associate attorney Bradley Zaffiri recently obtained summary judgment for a client in a St. Charles County case. Plaintiffs alleged damage to their multimillion dollar home arising from the design and installation of an inadequate heating and cooling system in the room that housed their indoor pool. Because the contract at issue expressly disclaimed any liability for work done prior to its execution, and because the undisputed material facts demonstrated that the system was designed and installed in the home prior to that date, the Court found that HeplerBroomâ€™s client was entitled to summary judgment.
Apr 17, 2018
Kathryn Modeer and Josephine Sangiorgio-Hirth were recently elected Chair and Chair-Elect, respectively, of the Women in the Legal Profession Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Apr 12, 2018
Michael Young and Katie Jacobi are scheduled speakers at day-long continuing legal education seminar on insurance coverage issues for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Apr 05, 2018
In his most recent Law Update column, Rick Hammond outlines a fraud investigation case that illustrates the importance for both insurers and plaintiffs to preserve evidence as early as possible. (In the case discussed, that evidence was a cell phone.)
Apr 03, 2018
After a four-day trial, HeplerBroom attorneys Linda Hay and Matthew Brandabur secured a complete defense victory for their client, a dentist. The case involved a Plaintiff who, at the age of 19, had her wisdom teeth removed and alleged she suffered a bilateral lingual nerve injury. The undisputed medical evidence at trial was that Plaintiff had permanent numbness throughout the anterior two-thirds of her tongue. Plaintiffâ€™s attorney, however, was unsuccessful in persuading jurors that the dentist was professionally negligent in the removal of Plaintiffâ€™s wisdom teeth.
Mar 29, 2018
Greg Odom is chairing and Glenn Davis will be one of the speakers at the Spring Symposium, the flagship annual event for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). Topics will include current and emerging cybersecurity threats, protecting a law firm and its clients from cybersecurity threats, responding to cybersecurity breaches, securing confidential medical information from breaches, insurance coverage issues arising from breaches, and ethical issues specific to cybersecurity.
Mar 27, 2018
Holly Whitlock-Glave recently obtained a summary judgment in a Cook County case involving an electrical subcontractor. Toward the end of the project, one of the drywall subcontractorâ€™s employees tripped and fell over construction debris. Some of the debris contained unidentified tubes, plywood, and cords, and the drywaller sued the subcontractor as well as the mechanical and general subcontractors. Witnesses called by Whitlock-Glave testified that none of the tubes, plywood, or cords were electrical, relieving the subcontractor of its responsibility. Despite a late-appearing plaintiffâ€™s witness, who claimed the unidentified tubes were â€œmost definitelyâ€ electrical tubes, Whitlock-Glave was able to establish a solid argument that the witnessâ€™ information was merely speculative and not admissible at trial. The Court agreed and granted the summary judgement.
Mar 22, 2018
Glenn Davis was among the speakers at the recent â€œLeading Through the Breachâ€ seminar in St. Louis, which was co-sponsored by HeplerBroomâ€™s HBCyberGroup. Seminar attendees learned about practical steps to take to avoid, minimize, and respond to cyber threats and information security vulnerabilities.
Mar 20, 2018
Beth Bauer was one of the speakers at the 2018 Winter Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, which was held recently on Amelia Island, Florida. Bauer, a trial attorney, was the moderator of a panel discussing the best practices to keep litigation from becoming a mass action or other major exposure for a client or insurer. Other panelists included in-house counsel for Sherwin-Williams Paints and a claims manager from insurance company Sompo International.
Mar 15, 2018
Partner Kathleen Hamilton and associate attorney Brad Zaffiri obtained an opinion from the Missouri Supreme Court, affirming the trial courtâ€™s entry of summary judgment in favor of HeplerBroomâ€™s client. [Matthew Fogerty v. Larry Meyer, Missouri Supreme Court No. SC96030]. The ruling in this case changes Missouri law regarding co-employee liability and when one co-employee may sue another.
Mar 13, 2018
Michael Young and Katie Jacobi are scheduled to present sessions at two upcoming CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance) events. Jacobi will be in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, on March 19 to discuss evaluating additional insured coverage and contractual indemnity issues. She and Young will discuss the impact of Missouriâ€™s reformed 537.065 statute, which now grants liability insurers a right to intervene in certain suits, at a St. Louis CLM Chapter meeting on March 29.
Mar 08, 2018
Dede Zupanci will be one of the speakers at a March 15 medical malpractice seminar in Chicago. The seminar, entitled â€œNew Trends in Medical Malpractice: From Conflict Checks to Trial,â€ is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. HB attorney Leslie Odom is co-chair of the event. The seminar will cover topics pertinent to medical malpractice attorneys of all experience levels and will address both pretrial and trial issues, including conflicts of interest, the Petrillo doctrine, and preparing defense witnesses for deposition. The Reptile theory and how to reach the jury with exhibits, demonstrative evidence, and technology will also be discussed. More information about the seminar is available here. Zupanci, a partner in the firmâ€™s Edwardsville office, focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice litigation and healthcare regulatory matters. She has been named an AV PreeminentÂ® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Odom, an associate in the Edwardsville office, focuses her practice on healthcare defense litigation and professional liability. She has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.
Mar 01, 2018
Benjamin Wilson has co-authored a chapter in the new Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 8th edition. Wilsonâ€™s contribution is Chapter 21 - Costs on Appeal, which he co-authored with the Hon. Mary R. Vasaly, Fourth Judicial District Court in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Feb 27, 2018
Aleen Tiffany and Holly Whitlock-Glave were among the featured speakers at a recent seminar on construction worker injuries. The seminar, sponsored jointly by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), was specifically geared toward attorneys who defend construction worker accident claims, as well as those who negotiate and draft construction contract safety provisions.
Feb 22, 2018
Medical records personnel, nurses, and administrators in the Chicago area are benefitting from a series of educational lectures on the legal importance of good medical documentation. The series, presented at multiple nursing and rehabilitation facilities, is being given by HB attorneys Anne Oldenburg, Susan Wagener, and Tammera Banasek. Topics covered include recent changes in federal and state laws regarding the production of electronic medical records, understanding the legal process, and major areas of litigation and ways to avoid them. Oldenburg, Wagener, and Banasek are all partners in the firm.
Feb 20, 2018
HeplerBroom is pleased to announce the addition of Amy E. Johnson as Attorney of Counsel in the firmâ€™s Chicago Office. Johnson focuses her practice on insurance, personal injury and property damage, premises, and appellate law. She is a certified mediator and has 20 years of experience mitigating risk on coverage issues and high exposure or bad faith claims. She also has significant litigation experience in bad faith insurance claims, including a successful appeal record.
Feb 06, 2018
Feb 01, 2018