HeplerBroom Attorney Michael Reda


Michael Reda has over 40 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 a certified mediator, is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution, and has served as an arbitrator and mediator in many cases.


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

Admissions & Affiliations

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S District Courts for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Professional Associations

  • 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
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Trucking Association
  • International Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Missouri Trucking Association




Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2024)


Events & Speaking Engagements

  • “Defense Tactics to Refute Emerging Attempts to Impose a Higher Standard of Care on Commercial Truck Driver,” Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting (Chicago IL, 2018)
  • “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)


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  • “The Bridge to Broker Liability,” In Transit (Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter) (March 2015). (Co-author).
  • 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)
  • “Cautionary Trucking Tale: Attorney Involvement Critical to Accident Investigation,” In Transit (Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter) (August 2011).
  • “Settling Defendants Will Not Appear on Illinois Verdict Forms,” In Transit (Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter) (Winter 2009). (Co-author)
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