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LANCE T.
JONES

Partner

ljones@heplerbroom.com

217-993-7151

Springfield, IL

 

Education

  • DePaul University, College of Law, 1984
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A. in Psychology, 1980

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • General Bar
    • Trial Bar 
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Lance T. Jones is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis in litigation, including:

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment
  • Labor
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Fraud
  • Personal injury
  • General tort liability
  • Criminal lawsuits

He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts of Illinois and the federal District of New Jersey, and he’s argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has also appeared in a number of Illinois administrative venues such as the Human Rights Commission, Pollution Control Board, Department of Transportation, and Illinois Commerce Commission.

Mr. Jones heads the firm's government relations practice and advises clients on government relations, regulatory, legislative, and litigation matters in the transportation, environmental, procurement, professional services, and labor and employment areas before units of state and local government.

Before joining HeplerBroom, he served as the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation, managing the in-house legal services and assisting in developing and administrating policy with respect to delivering the Transportation program for the State of Illinois, including the Division of Highways, Division of Aeronautics, Division of Public and Intermodal Transit, Division of Traffic Safety, Office of Business and Workforce Diversity, Office of Planning and Programming, Office of Finance and Administration, Office of Legislative Affairs, and Office of the Secretary. As Deputy Chief Counsel, Mr. Jones supervised the provision of legal services for construction; consultant services and general procurement; environmental compliance; oversight of rail, aero, and transit grant and procurement issues; labor and employment; workforce/contracting diversity; legislation; administrative rules; and an array of other legal issues.

Prior to working for the Department of Transportation, Mr. Jones served as Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Human Services, Division of Human Capital Development and Department Policy, providing legal services to the Division on an array of social services programs. He also served in the Office of Attorney General of Illinois as the Executive Director of the Asbestos Abatement Authority, Division Chief of Asbestos Litigation, and Assistant Attorney General in the Division of General Law. Prior to joining the Illinois Attorney General, he served on the Illinois Senate Democratic staff. 

Bar/Professional Associations


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Lincoln Douglas Inn of Court

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • BV Distinguished® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Department of Transportation’s Award of Merit for Professional Excellence (2012)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2014-2020

Published Legal Writing


  • “Judge Made Protected Class Under Title VII Loosens Separation of Powers Doctrine,” The IDC Monograph, IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28 No. 3. (c-author) (This article can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Employment Law,” 2019 Annual Convention of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (Springfield IL, 2019). (co-presenter)
  • “Buying, Selling and Perpetuating Insurance Agencies,” Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois (Springfield IL, 2019). (co‑presenter)
  • “Employment Law Update,” Central Illinois Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (2017).
  • “State and Local Employment Laws Update,” National Business Institute (2017).

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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