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St. Louis, MO



  • University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1979
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism, 1974


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
    • Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Gerard T. Noce focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including: professional and general negligence, clergy misconduct, products liability, and school law. He has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois, including: Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA), Bayer, Chaminade College Preparatory School, Christian Brothers Services, Marianist Province of the United States, MUSIC/Gallagher Bassett Services Inc., O’Reilly Auto Parts, Schnuck Markets Inc., St. John Vianney High School, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, and The Visitation Academy.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Missouri State Representative (2000-2003)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Trial Academy Committee Co-chair (2019-2021)
    • President (1999-2000)
    • Board Member (1990-2001)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (1999-2021)
    • 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” – Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (St. Louis)
  • Award of Honor, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis (2019)
  • Ben Ely, Jr., Defense Lawyer Award, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (2014)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2006-2020)
    • Top 50 St. Louis Super Lawyers (2013-2016)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Property and Partnership and Agency, 1977

Published Legal Writing

  • "Individual and Institutional Liability for Injuries Arising from Sports and Athletics," (Co-author) Defense Counsel Journal (October 1996)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Ask the Experts,” panel member, Missouri United School Insurance Council annual meeting (virtual) (2021).
  • “Trial Wars-Return of the Jury,” American College of Trial Lawyers (St. Louis MO, 2017)
  • “Intersession Trial Practice-Trial Problems,” American College of Trial Lawyers (Columbia MO, 2017)
  • “Advanced Trial Skills-Complex Litigation,” Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers/Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Lake Ozark MO, 2010)
  • “Anatomy of a Trial-Evidence,” The Missouri Bar/St. Louis University School of Law (St. Louis MO, 2010)
  • Instructor, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy (Columbia MO, 2010)
  • Instructor, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford Law School (Palo Alto CA, 2009)
  • Missouri Judicial College, The Missouri Bar (Kansas City MO and St. Louis MO, 2008)
  • “Venue, Removal, and Change of Judge: Analysis after Tort Reform,” United States Arbitration and Mediation (St. Louis MO, 2007)

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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