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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 is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.