HeplerBroom attorney Brenda Baum


Brenda G. Baum focuses her practice on mass tort lawsuits involving products liability. Since 2001, she has represented product manufacturers, sellers, and premises defendants in thousands of cases pending in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in Illinois and Missouri, in addition to overseeing cases filed in other plaintiff-oriented jurisdictions such as California, Louisiana, New York, and others.

Before joining HeplerBroom, Ms. Baum defended both individuals and corporations in various types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, premises liability, and construction accidents, as well as defending legal and accounting malpractice cases.


  • Washington University School of Law-St. Louis, J.D., 1988
  • Grinnell (IA) College, B.A. in English, 1985

Admissions & Affiliations

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations

  • Council for Litigation Management
    • Secretary, St. Louis Chapter
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association

Other Professional/Civic Involvement

  • Arbitrator, Madison County (Illinois) Court
  • Volunteer, Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association Pro Bono Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation



Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-2024)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2024)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2016-2018, 2022-2024)


Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Defense Co-Chair, HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Conference (St. Louis MO, 2009-2023)
  • “Secondary Exposure Cases in Illinois and Missouri,” American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation (Chicago IL, 2018)
  • “The Case For and Against Joint Compound Manufacturers/Distributors,” Mealey’s Asbestos Conference: Advanced Trial Strategies (Philadelphia PA, 2008)       
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