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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Consumer Fraud
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Commercial
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction and Insurance Litigation


  • Washington & Lee University, J.D.
  • Bucknell University, B.A.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Practice Description

Mr. 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.

Mr. Hepler has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions, with primary emphasis in Illinois and Missouri.

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review

Professional Association Involvement

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense & Corporation Counsel
    • Chair of Trial Tactics Substantive Law Section
    • Chair of The Economics of Law Practice Substantive Law Section
    • Vice Chair of the Technology Committee
    • Board of Directors
    • Regional Vice President\Faculty Member Litigation Management College
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Madison County, Illinois, Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Distinctions

  • Illinois Super Lawyer since 2005
  • The Best Lawyers in America since 2007
  • Leading Lawyers Network since 2003 (Advisory Board Member)
    • Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law
    • Personal Injury Defense Law: General
    • Products Liability Defense Law
    • Toxic Torts Defense Law
  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine Business Edition for 2009 in an article titled “Plaintiffs' Lawyers Need Their "A" Game When Facing this Madison County Defense Attorney” by Melissa Birks.

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 – Trial Masters)

Legal Lectures

  • “Hot Tips” for Responding to Plaintiff’s Request for Money (IICLE)
  • “How to Minimize Plaintiff’s Disability and Suffering” (IICLE)
  • “Expert and Human Factors Testimony” (IICLE)
  • “Developments & Trends in Product Liability Cases” (FDCC)
  • “Winning the Pre-Trial Battle; If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: Leaving it Behind” (FDCC)
  • “Closed Head Injuries – Cross Examination of the Neuropsychologist” (FDCC)
  • “Pre-Trial Strategies – Use of Focus Groups, Mock Trials, Jury Selection Techniques & Settlement Strategies” (FDCC)
  • “Class Actions and State Consumer Fraud Statutes” (FDCC)
  • “Diary for Federal Litigation in the Wake of the 1993 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure” (FDCC)
  • “The Use of Technology in the Courtroom” (FDCC)
  • “The Federal Rules and Their Application to Your Practice” (FDCC)
  • “Law Office Management and the Use of Technology” (FDCC)
  • “Challenging the Status Quo, Reversing Your Litigation Tactics” (FDCC)
  • “Anatomy of a Hellhole” (FDCC)
  • “Use of Summation and Application to Trial” (FDCC)
  • “Trial Witnesses – Selection, Care, Feeding & Understanding Mastery of Direct Examination” (FDCC)
  • “Comparison of Construction Safety Act of 2008 to Structural Work Act” (COCA)
  • “Advanced Technology in the Law Practice” (DRI)
  • ISBA Law Ed Series – Hot Tips – Proven and Winning Ways in Personal Injury Cases – presented Monday, November 1, 1993
  • ISBA Law Ed Series – Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products – presented April 10, 1992
  • ISBA Law Ed Series – How to Present and Defend a Personal Injury Case – presented November 15, 1991
  • ISBA Law Ed Series – Hot Tips on Handling and Avoiding Common Settlement and Trial Problems – presented April 19, 1991