HeplerBroom Attorney Larry Hepler


Larry E. Hepler focuses his practice on the defense of complex, multiparty civil cases and class actions involving a wide range of subjects, including all aspects of consumer fraud, personal injury, products liability, pharmaceutical, commercial, toxic torts, construction, and insurance litigation. He has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions, with a primary emphasis in Illinois and Missouri.


  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1968
  • Bucknell University, B.A. in Economics, 1965


  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Washington & Lee Law Review
    • Articles Editor

Admissions & Affiliations

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Board of Directors
    • Chair, Economics of Law Practice Substantive Law Section
    • Vice Chair, Technology Committee
    • Chair, Trial Tactics Substantive Law Section
    • Litigation Management College
      • Regional Vice President
      • Faculty Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar




Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2024)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2024)
    • Advisory Board Member
    • Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine-Business Edition, “Plaintiffs' Lawyers Need Their ‘A’ Game When Facing this Madison County Defense Attorney” (2009)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2024)
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence [sic] Lawyers (2016-2017)


Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hepler has given numerous presentations on legal topics to groups such as Council of Owners and Construction Associates, Defense Research Institute, Federation of Defense & Corporation Counsel, Illinois Bar Association Law Education Series, and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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  • Council of Owners and Construction Associates
    • “Comparison of Construction Safety Act of 2008 to Structural Work Act”
  • Defense Research Institute
    • “Advanced Technology in the Law Practice”
  • Federation of Defense & Corporation Counsel
    • “Developments & Trends in Product Liability Cases”
    • “Winning the Pre-Trial Battle - If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: Leaving it Behind”
    • “Closed Head Injuries – Cross Examination of the Neuropsychologist”
    • “Pre-Trial Strategies – Use of Focus Groups, Mock Trials, Jury Selection Techniques & Settlement Strategies”
    • “Class Actions and State Consumer Fraud Statutes”
    • “Diary for Federal Litigation in the Wake of the 1993 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”
    • “The Use of Technology in the Courtroom”
    • “The Federal Rules and Their Application to Your Practice”
    • “Law Office Management and the Use of Technology”
    • “Challenging the Status Quo, Reversing Your Litigation Tactics”
    • “Anatomy of a Hellhole”
    • “Use of Summation and Application to Trial”
    • “Trial Witnesses – Selection, Care, Feeding & Understanding Mastery of Direct Examination”
  • Illinois Bar Association Law Education Series
    • “Hot Tips – Proven and Winning Ways in Personal Injury Cases” (1993)
    • “Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products” (1992)
    • “How to Present and Defend a Personal Injury Case” (1991)
    • “Hot Tips on Handling and Avoiding Common Settlement and Trial Problems” (1991)
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    • “Hot Tips for Responding to Plaintiff’s Request for Money”
    • “How to Minimize Plaintiff’s Disability and Suffering”
    • “Expert and Human Factors Testimony”


  • “Comparison of Consumer Fraud Statutes Across the 50 States,” FDCC Quarterly (Spring 2005).
  • “The Federal Rules and Their Application to Your Practice,” FDCC Quarterly.
  • “Trial Witnesses – Selection, Care, Feeding & Understanding – Mastery of Direct Examination,” FDCC Quarterly Trial Masters.
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