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Chicago, IL



  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • University of Dayton, B.A. in Political Science, 2005


  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Joseph T. Tripoli concentrates his practice in the area of civil defense litigation, with a focus on the defense of injury claims involving third-party liability and insurance/medical fraud as well as claims involving first-party insurance coverage. He also has experience with general liability defense, focusing on matters involving general negligence, premises liability, animal liability, construction, transportation, and defamation. He has defended a variety of clients, including retailers, restaurants, churches, security companies, landlords, condominium associations, property management groups, general contractors, subcontractors, truck drivers, and trucking companies, as well as individually named defendants. Through his representation of individuals and small, medium, and large entities, he possesses a great understanding of the perils each potentially faces as a participant in the legal process.

Mr. Tripoli has participated in all aspects of civil litigation, from initial discovery through trial. He has also represented clients at dozens of arbitrations, successfully tried cases to verdict, and obtained favorable results for his clients.

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Tripoli worked for boutique civil defense litigation firms in Chicago and focused his practice in the area of general liability defense litigation.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Claims Litigation and Management Alliance
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer (2019-2020)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence and Achievement
  • Honors Scholarship Recipient

Published Legal Writing

  • “Man’s Best Friend . . . or a Liability? Second District Declines to Extend Legal Duty to Vacationing Dog Owners After Guest is Injured,” HeplerBroom Blog (January 7, 2021). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “First District Affirms Summary Judgment Due to Lack of Notice; Rules No Legal Duty Owed Based on the Defendant Business Owner’s Internal Safety Policy,” HeplerBroom Blog (October 6, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Does Simply Refiling a Case Under the Old Case Number Meet the Statutory Requirement of Commencing a New Action?” HeplerBroom Blog (August 11, 2020). (This blog can be read here.)
  • “Funny Warning Signs: Pure Comedy or Can They Also Be Legally Sufficient?” HeplerBroom Blog (August 4, 2020). (This blog can be read here.)
  • “First District Upholds Summary Judgment for Landowner Based on Illinois’ Statute of Repose for Construction,” HeplerBroom Blog (July 2, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)

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

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “The Impact of COVID-19 on Claims Handling,” Cold Weather Catch-up Event, Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (Webinar, 2020).
  • “Recent Trends Involving Bodily Injury and Property Insurance Fraud Claims: Staying Ahead of the Curve!” Annual Insurance Fraud Conference, Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (Chicago IL, 2019).

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Uncovered key information during discovery, which led to plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of defamation case. Plaintiff had sought $500,000 in damages.
  • Negotiated $85,000 settlement of premises liability case; plaintiff’s initial demand had been $850,000.
  • Won summary judgment for condominium association and property manager. Plaintiff’s claims were barred under the Snow and Ice Removal Act.


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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