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Edwardsville, IL



  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Drake University, B.A. in English with Spanish minor, magna cum laude, 1993


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

Practice Description

W. Jason Rankin focuses his practice on trials involving complex litigation matters, including class actions, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, banking litigation, and insurance defense. He regularly represents clients in multi-million-dollar litigation relating to nationwide class actions and product liability claims. Mr. Rankin has represented clients in Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina and obtained favorable jury verdicts and arbitration awards on behalf of the defendants.

Petition for Certiorari

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Chair, Class Action Specialized Litigation Group (Chair)
    • Class Actions Seminar - Latest Developments in Law and Practice (Program Chair)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Madison County (Illinois) Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2016-2021)
    • 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” - Product Liability Litigation–Defendants (St. Louis)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2015-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2020)
    • Rising Star (2011)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
    • Associate Editor

Published Legal Writing

  • "Are Class Action Counterclaims Removable Under CAFA?" DRI (March 2, 2011). (Co-author)
  • "CAFA Removal in the Seventh Circuit," The Business Suit, DRI (November 21, 2008). (Co-author)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Practical Application of E-Discovery in Illinois.” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Seminar (Chicago IL, 2015).
  • “Latest Developments in Law and Practice,” DRI Class Actions Seminar (Washington D.C., 2015).
  • “A Review of Recent Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) Decisions,” DRI Business Litigation Seminar (Chicago IL, 2013).

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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