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Edwardsville, IL



  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1968
  • Bucknell University, B.A. in Economics, 1965


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districs of Illinois
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Practice Description

Larry E. Hepler focuses his practice on the defense of complex, multiparty civil cases and class actions involving a wide range of subjects, including all aspects of consumer fraud, personal injury, products liability, pharmaceutical, commercial, toxic torts, construction, and insurance litigation. He has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions, with a primary emphasis in Illinois and Missouri.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Board of Directors
    • Chair, Economics of Law Practice Substantive Law Section
    • Vice Chair, Technology Committee
    • Chair, Trial Tactics Substantive law Section
    • Litigation Management College
      • Regional Vice President
      • Faculty Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Madison County, Illinois, Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2021)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2020)
    • Advisory Board Member
    • Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine-Business Edition, “Plaintiffs' Lawyers Need Their ‘A’ Game When Facing this Madison County Defense Attorney” (2009)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2020)
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2016-2017)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Washington & Lee Law Review
    • Articles Editor

Published Legal Writing

  • “Comparison of Consumer Fraud Statutes Across the 50 States,” FDCC Quarterly (Spring 2005).
  • “The Federal Rules and Their Application to Your Practice,” FDCC Quarterly.
  • “Trial Witnesses – selection, Care, Feeding & Understanding – Mastery of Direct Examination,” FDCC Quarterly Trial Masters.

Legal Lectures & Presentations

Mr. Hepler has given numerous presentations on legal topics to groups such as Council of Owners and Construction Associates, Defense Research Institute, Federation of Defense & Corporation Counsel, Illinois Bar Association Law Education Series, and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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


HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

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.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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