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BHARAT
VARADACHARI

Partner

bvaradachari@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4153

St. Louis, MO

 

Education

  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • St. Louis University School of Public Health, Masters in Health Administration, 1999
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in History, with minor in Microbiology, 1994

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri 
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Bharat Varadachari focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Trucking/Large Commercial Vehicle Accidents
  • General Insurance Defense
  • Products and Premises Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Construction Defects
  • Benzene Exposure/Toxic Tort
  • Evaluation of Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Site Assessments
  • Jones Act/Maritime Matters

Bar/Professional Associations


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
    • President (2018-2019)
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
    • Executive Board
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • Vice-President, St. Louis Chapter
    • Transporation Committee
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Inns of Court
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Legislative Committee
  • Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Education Committee

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated for Lon Hocker Award (2006)
    • Awarded to lawyers under 35 years of age who have demonstrated excellence in the art of trial advocacy in the State of Missouri
  • Lead counsel in obtaining verdict rated “2013 7th Best Verdict in the State of Missouri” by Missouri Lawyers Media
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2010-2012)

Published Legal Writing


  • “Peace with a Purpose: Turning Terminated Drivers into Effective Witnesses,” Claims Management Magazine (September 2019). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Growing a Thick Skin: How to Insulate Your Warm-Blooded Driver Against Reptilian Attacks,” Claims Management Magazine (September 2018). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Driving While Drowsy: Fatigue of the Driver as a Basis for Punitive Damages,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Management Magazine (Spring 2015).
  • “Missouri, Illinois Collateral Source Rules Affect Bodily Injuries Differently,” The Insurance Journal (October 5, 2009).
  • “Standard of Punitive Damages in Medical Malpractice Actions,” IADC (April 2000).

Legal Lectures & Presentations


Mr. Varadachari has given numerous presentations, both nationally and locally, on topics including bad faith litigation, defense of trucking companies, insurance defense, and general trial tactics.

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Defense verdict for a motorcycle dealership limiting Plaintiff’s damages to $180,000 in a wrongful death case. Plaintiff alleged that the dealership negligently modified a motorcycle, resulting in the death of a passenger. Plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict of between $2.5 million and $4 million. Plaintiff’s last settlement demand before trial was $2.5 million.
  • Defense verdict for trucking company. Plaintiffs alleged Mr. Varadachari’s client initiated a right turn from the left lane. One plaintiff sustained a fractured skull, broken nose, broken pelvis, and broken ribs. The co-plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries.
  • Defense verdict for insurance carrier in an uninsured motorist case.
    Mr. Varadachari defended the insurance carrier on allegations that there was a phantom vehicle/uninsured motorist that struck the co-defendant’s vehicle. Jury placed 100 percent of fault on the co-defendant.
  • Defense verdict for trucking company in wrongful death case. Plaintiffs alleged that Mr. Varadachari’s client’s employee struck a pedestrian on the shoulder of the highway, killing him. Plaintiffs had requested $3.3 million from the jury.

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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