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Chicago, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises
  • Property Damage


  • 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. He is also experienced in general liability defense, focusing on matters involving general negligence, premises liability, animal liability, construction, transportation, and defamation.

Mr. Tripoli has defended a variety of clients, including retailers, restaurants, churches, security companies, landlords, condominium associations, property management groups, general contractors, subcontractors, and trucking companies, as well as individually named defendants. He has successfully tried cases to verdict and has also represented clients at numerous arbitrations. He serves as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Mandatory Arbitration Program and for the American Arbitration Association. Through his representation of individuals and small, medium, and large entities, he understands the potential perils faced by litigants.

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)

Law School Honors/Involvement

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

Published Legal Writing

  • “Plaintiff’s Decedent Broken Chain of Causation and Wrongful Death Action Cannot Be Based on Claim of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress,” IDC Survey of the Law (June 2016).
  • “Are Self-Executing Sanction Orders Viable?” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2013). (Co-author)

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.