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Edwardsville, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Construction
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Trucking & Transportation
  • Utility


  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D. 2003
  • Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, cum laude, 2000


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Matthew B. Champlin focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including:

  • Personal injury/wrongful death
  • Public utilities
  • Appeals
  • Products liability
  • Trucking accidents and transportation litigation

He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in complex litigation throughout the state of Illinois. He has successfully represented clients from the investigation of the initial scene of an accident through the appeals process.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Champlin served judicial clerkships with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • American Gas Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Natural Gas Claims & Litigation Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2017-2019)
    • Emerging Lawyer (2015-2016)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Order of the Coif
  • The Missouri Law Review
    • Member and Note and Comment Editor
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Recipient, International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Other Professional Activities

  • Arbitrator, Third Judicial Circuit Court (Madison County IL)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
    • Former Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
    • Former Instructor, Litigation course
    • Paralegal Unified Advisory Board Committee
  • Volunteer, Madison County Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer judge and mentor, moot court/mock trial events

Published Legal Writing

  • “The Confidential Good-Faith Settlement Conundrum: The Case for Full Disclosure of Settlement Terms to Non-Settling Tortfeasors,”IDC Quarterly (4th Quarter 2013).

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Carver v. Illinois Power Company, 2014 IL App (5th) 130348-U
  • Pocklington v. AmerenIP, 2012 IL App (4th) 110808-U
  • Bell v. AmerenCIPS, No. 5-10-0129 (5th Dist., Feb. 25, 2011)
  • Pocklington v. AmerenIP, No. 4-09-0914 (4th Dist., July 23, 2010)
  • Wood v. Central Illinois Public Service Company, 5-08-0445 (5th Dist., Aug. 17, 2009)
  • Wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the defendants in Thompson v. Gordon, 241 Ill. 2d 428 (2011); Illinois Supreme Court found in favor of defendants.