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STEPHEN R.
KAUFMANN

Partner

skaufmann@heplerbroom.com

217-993-7146

Springfield, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical & Dental Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Property Damage

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Knox College (Galesburg IL), B.A. in Economics and Business Administration,1975

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the
    • 7th and 9th Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the
    • Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Description


Mr. Kaufmann is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis on the defense of products liability, general negligence and insurance lawsuits, medical malpractice, toxic torts, labor and employment law, and Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) actions against Illinois attorneys. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts of Illinois.

Kaufmann also helps manage the Springfield office, which handles litigation for HeplerBroom clients throughout central Illinois.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
    • Board of Governors

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2003-2018)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers (2010-2018)
  • Top Attorneys in Illinois (by Chicago Magazine) (2010-2016)

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
    • Note and Comment Editor

Published Legal Writing


Legal Lectures & Presentations


  •  “Legal Ethics in Illinois," Lorman Education Series (Springfield IL, 2014)

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Battery/false imprisonment defense verdict (St. Clair County, 2017)
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation nuisance defense verdict (Scott County, 2016)
  • Bank fraud defense verdict (Sangamon County, 2014)
  • Automobile defense verdict (Adams County, 2014)
  • Farm partnership plaintiff verdict (Christian County, 2011)
  • Asbestos defense verdict (Sangamon County, 2009)