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STEPHEN R.
KAUFMANN

Partner

skaufmann@heplerbroom.com

217-993-7146

Springfield, IL

 

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Knox College (Galesburg IL), B.A. in Economics and Business Administration,1975

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the
    • 7th and 9th Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the
    • Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Description


Mr. Kaufmann is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis on the defense of products liability, general negligence and insurance lawsuits, medical malpractice, toxic torts, labor and employment law, and Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) actions against Illinois attorneys. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts of Illinois.

Kaufmann also helps manage the Springfield office, which handles litigation for HeplerBroom clients throughout central Illinois.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
    • Board of Governors

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2003-2020)
    • Advisory Board
  • Illinois Super Lawyers (2010-2021)
  • Top Attorneys in Illinois (by Chicago Magazine) (2010-2016)

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
    • Note and Comment Editor

Published Legal Writing


  • "Juror Questions During Trial: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again," Illinois Bar Journal (June, 2011). (Co-author.) This article prompted the 2012 adoption of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 243. (The article can be read here.)
  • “Temporary Nuisance Production Agriculture in the Cross-Hairs Again,” Illinois State Bar Association: Agricultural Law (August 2016). (This article can be read here.)
  • "The Learned Intermediary Doctrine and Pharmaceutical Company Liability," Illinois Bar Journal (April 2007). (Co-author.) Summarizes the learned intermediary doctrine in Illinois and provides practice pointers to attorneys defending pharmaceutical companies in failure to warn cases. (This article can be read here.)
  • "First District Refuses to Find Exception to Learned Intermediary Doctrine," IDC Quarterly (3rd Quarter 2006). (Co-author.) Discusses the recent case of Kennedy v. Medtronic, Inc., 851 N.E. 2d 778 (1st Dist. 2006). (This article can be read here.)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “What’s Needed for Successful Settlement Negotiations,” Tips of the Trade, Illinois State Bar Association (Springfield IL, 2019). 
  • “Legal Ethics in Illinois," Lorman Education Series (Springfield IL, 2014).

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Battery/false imprisonment defense verdict (St. Clair County, 2017)
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation nuisance defense verdict (Scott County, 2016); affirmed on appeal (2020)
  • Bank fraud defense verdict (Sangamon County, 2014)
  • Automobile defense verdict (Adams County, 2014)
  • Farm partnership plaintiff verdict (Christian County, 2011)
  • Asbestos defense verdict (Sangamon County, 2009)

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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