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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Class Action
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices
  • Products Liability
  • Tobacco
  • Toxic Tort


  • 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 (2007-2019)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2019)
    • 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 (2005-2019)
  • 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.