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ELIZABETH
KELLETT

Partner

ekellett@heplerbroom.com

618-307-2440

Edwardsville, IL

 

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2006
  • Georgetown University, B.A. in English, cum laude, 2002

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Elizabeth Dyer Kellett is a litigation attorney with a primary emphasis in the defense of complex, multi-party civil cases and class actions, including all aspects of:

  • consumer fraud
  • personal injury
  • product liability (particularly pharmaceuticals and medical devices)

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Ms. Kellett practiced law in Washington, D.C. and represented institutions of higher learning in state administrative hearings, accreditation proceedings, and audit and program review proceedings before the U.S. Department of Education. She also represented national and international insurance and reinsurance companies, financial holding companies, broker/dealers, executives, and individuals in civil and criminal litigation proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as in matters of corporate governance and compliance. 

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Supreme Court Watch columnist, IDC Quarterly (2014-2019)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Featured in “Women in Law” Spotlight in Illinois Business Journal

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • American Criminal Law Review
    • Member and Articles and Notes Editor (2004-2006)
  • D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic
  • Dean’s List (2005-2006)

Published Legal Writing


  • “Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Plaintiff’s Attempt to Avoid CAFA Removal by Limiting Damages Sought in Complaint,” HeplerBroom Blog
    (April 23, 2014). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Supreme Court Watch,” IDC Quarterly (2014-2019)
  • “Public Corruption,” 42 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 781 (Spring 2005) (Co-author)
  • Shareholder Derivative Litigation: Besieging the Board (1995) (assisted in editing and updating)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Ethics and Trial Publicity,” IDC Spring Symposium and Beginner's Guide to Mass Toxic Tort Litigation Seminar (Chicago IL, 2017)
  • “How to Succeed as an Associate,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2017 and 2015)
  • “Illinois’s New Electronic Discovery Rules,” HeplerBroom University (Edwardsville IL, 2014)

Representative/Recent Case Results 


  • Ms. Kellett has spent most of her time recently defending a major personal care products manufacturer in litigation in which each plaintiff claims that her perineal use of body powder caused her ovarian cancer. Over 1100 of these claims are filed in the City of St. Louis as well as additional claims pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and Madison and Cook Counties in Illinois. Three of these jurisdictions appear regularly in the top 10 of ATRA’s annual Judicial Hellhole list.
  • Ms. Kellett was part of the team defending against plaintiff’s claims that her perineal use of talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer. Plaintiff asked for tens of millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury returned a defense verdict. (Nora Daniels v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., St. Louis City Circuit Court, Missouri, March 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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