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Edwardsville, IL



  • Saint Louis University, J.D. 2002
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television, cum laude, 1992


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States District Courts for the
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Description

Dede K. Zupanci focuses her practice on healthcare defense litigation and regulatory matters, including:

  • Physician & nursing professional liability
  • Hospital premises liability
  • Nursing license disciplinary actions
  • Hospital regulation and compliance

Ms. Zupanci has represented clients in Illinois and Missouri, including metropolitan and rural hospitals, as well as nurses and physicians.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2017-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2012)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Illinois State Bar Association Scholarship
  • Saint Louis University Public Law Review
    • Notes and Comments
  • Saint Louis University School of Law Scholarship

Published Legal Writing

  • “Special Interrogatories in Suicide Cases: Objective vs. Subjective Standard,” Medical Malpractice Updates, IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2019). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Expand the List of Hospital Apparent Agents? The Illinois Supreme Court Says Not So Fast,” HeplerBroom Blog (May 2, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Policy Prevails: The Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Expand Apparent Agency Claims Against Hospitals,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2018). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • "The Right to Privacy v. The Right to Assistance of Counsel: Balancing the Petrillo Doctrine in Medical Malpractice Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2017). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “The Relevancy of a Medical Expert's Own Personal Practice,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4 (2016). (This article can be read here.)

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

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “The Difficult Deposition: Strategies for Preparing Your Witness,” IDC Medical Malpractice Seminar (Chicago IL, 2018).
  • “Pitfalls and Practice Tips for Working with Experts,” IDC Expert Witness Seminar (Chicago IL, 2017).
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2016).
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and the Importance of Charting in Litigation,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2015).
  • “Illinois Medical Malpractice Update and Medical Charting Pitfalls,” Alton Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation (Alton IL, 2015).

For a complete listing of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.


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.