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MICHAEL
REDA

Partner

mreda@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4197

St. Louis, MO

 

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Property Damage
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trucking & Transportation

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Government and International Studies, 1978

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S District Courts for the
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Michael Reda has over 35 years of experience in tort litigation. He has tried scores of civil jury trials in state and federal courts in Illinois and Missouri representing insured and self-insured entities, including cases covering:

  • Catastrophic trucking accidents and transportation litigation
  • Aviation accidents
  • Claims against municipal and state governments
  • Contractor liability
  • Construction litigation
  • Civil rights actions
  • Professional liability (doctors and health care providers, pharmacists, architects, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals)

He has appeared and argued cases before state and federal appellate courts, as well as the Illinois Supreme Court. He is also actively involved in alternative dispute resolution and has served as an arbitrator and mediator in many cases.

Professional Association Involvement


  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Illinois Districts of the United States District Court
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Trucking Law Committee Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Distinctions


  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2017)

Published Legal Writing


  • “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’s Newsletter (October 2016). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate Michael Harriss.) Full article available here.
  • “The Bridge to Broker Liability,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (March 2015). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate Michael Harriss.) Full article available here.
  • “Let the Broker Beware: Illinois Appellate Court Affirms $23.8 Million Verdict Against Freight Broker,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (August 2011). (Co-author with HeplerBroom partner Michael Murphy.) Full article available here.
  • “Cautionary Trucking Tale: Attorney Involvement Critical to Accident Investigation,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (August 2011). Full article available here.
  • “Settling Defendants Will Not Appear on Illinois Verdict Forms,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (Winter 2009). (Co-author with HeplerBroom partner Michael Murphy.) Full article available here.

Legal Lectures


  • “Rapid Response Teams and On-site Investigations: The Front Line of Defense,” American Conference Institute’s 5th National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation (Chicago, 2015)