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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 Courts 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 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.