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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 is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.