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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 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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