Hepler Broom, LLC Logo





St. Louis, MO


Areas of Practice

  • Commercial
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises
  • Property Damage
  • Trucking & Transportation


  • Washington University-St. Louis School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • Saint Louis University, B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in History, magna cum laude, 2011


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Michael E. Harriss is a litigation attorney with a primary emphasis in the defense of complex, multi-party civil cases, including all aspects of:

  • Premises liability
  • Personal injury/wrongful death
  • Trucking accidents and transportation
  • Commercial liability
  • Insurance law

He has experience handling all phases of the litigation process, including initial case evaluation, motion practice, discovery, trial preparation, and trial.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2017)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Award Recipient
  • National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team
    • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2014)
      • Best Brief, Boston Regional
    • McGee Civil Rights Competition (2013)
  • Washington University Law Review
    • Notes Editor

Published Legal Writing

  • Missouri Has Adopted the ‘Daubert’ Standard—Now What?” MODL Quarterly Report, Special Legislative Edition (August 2017)
  • “Proportionality and Rule 26(b)(1): An Impactful Change, or a Mere Shifting of Words?" Newsletter, Bar Association of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Fall 2016)
  • “Plaintiff Posted What? Ensuring That Social Media Diamonds are Admissible by Addressing the Foundational Requirements for Social Media Evidence," In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee Newsletter (October 14, 2015) (co-author with HeplerBroom partner Michael Reda)
  • “The Federal State Divide Is Widening: Dispositive Motion Practice in the Context of Hostile Work Environment Claims,” MODL Quarterly Report, 14 (Fall 2015) (co-author with HeplerBroom partner David Deterding)
  • “Are You Retaining the Right Expert? The Wrong Answer Could Cost You and Your Client More Than Just Money,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee Newsletter (October 2015) (co-author with HeplerBroom partner Michael Reda)

For a complete list of Published Legal Writings, see attached.

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Lead counsel in trial for client, Gencorp Services, LLC, asserting breach-of-contract and quantum-meruit claims against the defendant. In this bench-tried case, Court entered a judgment in favor of Gencorp Services, LLC in amount in excess of what client originally sought. (Case tried in St. Louis County, Missouri.)
  • Second chair in obtaining complete defense verdict for Prairie Farms Dairy and its driver in a jury trial brought by the driver of an automobile and his passenger. Plaintiffs alleged the driver of the Prairie Farms truck made a right turn from the left lane. (Case tried in Sangamon County, Illinois.)