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St. Louis, MO



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


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

Practice Description

Michael Reda has over 37 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 actively involved in alternative dispute resolution and has served as an arbitrator and mediator in many cases.

Professional Association Involvement

  • 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 Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2020)

Published Legal Writing

  • “Vehicle Infotainment System Data Cannot be Overlooked,” HeplerBroom Blog (February 4, 2021). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate Adam S. McGonigle) (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Avoiding the Potholes [and Pitfalls] with Last Mile Delivery,” Trucking Industry Defense Association Newsletter (Fall 2019). (Co-author) The full article can be read here.
  • “Defense Tactics to Refute Emerging Attempts to Impose a Higher Standard of Care on Commercial Truck Driver,” Trucking Industry Defense Association Newsletter (December 2017). The full article can be read here.
  • “Plaintiff Posted What? Ensuring That Social Media Diamonds are Admissible by Addressing the Foundational Requirements for Social Media Evidence," In Transit,Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (October 2016). (Co-author) The full article can be read here.
  • “The Bridge to Broker Liability,” In Transit, Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee’s Newsletter (March 2015). (Co-author) The full article can be read here.

For a complete list of Published Legal Writing, click here.

Legal Lectures

  • “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)

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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