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Mr. Broom focuses his practice on trials involving practically every area of personal and bodily injury litigation, including lawsuits involving the Structural Work Act, medical malpractice, products liability, maritime law, as well as general negligence.
Federal District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Retainer: Varies by case
Date of Birth: 1944
Law School: University of Illinois, J.D., 1969
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, 1966
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Omikron Delta Kappa
Ameren; Allstate; Sprint; Cincinnati Insurance Company; Cassens Corporation; Piasa Motor Fuels
University of Illinois College of Law, assistant dean, 1969-71
HeplerBroom LLC, 1971-present
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Madison County Bar Association
Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Board of
Directors; elected, 1986; president, 1995-96
American Board of Trial Advocates
President of the Missouri/Southern Illinois ABOTA Chapter, 2001
American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Member
American Bar Foundation Member
Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, representing the Southern District of Illinois
Member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for the Fifth District of Illinois
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
In June 2004, Mr. Broom received the John E. Guy Award from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel for his dedication and contribution to the trial and defense bar.
Received the DRI Exceptional Performance Citation in 1996.
Named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2005.
Named in top 100 Leading Lawyers of Illinois since 2007; top ten Leading Lawyers in Downstate Illinois since 2007.
The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.
He serves as a member of the board of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Foundation and of the Edwardsville YMCA Foundation. In 1990, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Published Legal Writing:
"Making Kotecki Contribution And Apportionment Work Together," IDC Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1993
"Instructing The Jury on Contributory Negligence, Contribution And Apportionment In The Multiple Joint Tortfeasor Case: An Equitable Solution to Implementing Tort Reform," IDC Quarterly, Vol 4, No. 3, 1994
"A Look at Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Issues," The Brief, Vol 26, No. 4, summer 1997
"Suing Your Pet Iguana: Equitable Apportionment, Indivisible Injury and Comparative Fault" Illinois Bar Journal, Vol 87, January 1999
"What's Good for the Goose: An Argument for the Symmetrical Application of the Petrillo Doctrine," IDC Quarterly, Vol 14, No. 4, 2004
"The Evolution of Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What started out wasn't worth the paper it was printed on and what has developed may be too good to last," Declarations, winter 2003-04
Mr. Broom has lectured on topics having to do with trial practice, usually representing the defense perspective. Programs in which he has been a participant in recent years include presentations for the IICLE Trial Evidence Seminar, the IICLE Civil Discovery Practice Seminar, the IICLE Third Party Practice Seminar, the ISBA Law Ed Series: Tort Reform Day to Day Issues; the ISBA Law Ed Series: Selecting and Preparing an Expert Witness; the ISBA Mutual Seminar: "Conflicts of Interest that Can Lead to Malpractice Claims: Multiple Representations; Unrepresented Parties; Outside Business Interests with Clients," and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys' Annual Meeting, Bermuda, 1997, "The Tri-Partite Relationship in Defending Insureds: Ethical Problems in Discovery and Client Communications." He has made presentations to the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's spring and fall seminars on closing arguments in comparative fault cases; use of rehabilitation expert witnesses to mitigate damages; trial strategies associated with contribution and apportionment; instructing juries in multiple party lawsuits; and on catastrophic injury and punitive damage cases. He presented "The Court's Wild Ride Through the Magic Kingdom of UM/UIM Coverage" presentation to ABA TIPS Section on Insurance at ABA Annual Meeting, 1996. He was a presenter at the DRI Joint International Conference, Barcelona, Spain in May 2004: "Class Actions in the United States: Lawsuit du Jour." He was a panelist for the ABOTA/FDCC Jury Trial Summit Program in April 2005 and a panelist for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Symposium "Who is the Client? The Tripartite Relationship." He has served as a member of the faculty for the IDC Trial Academy.
HeplerBroom LLC has a history spanning more than 100 years. It is one of the top litigation and trial law firms in the United States and has successfully represented clients in major cases both in state and federal courts. HeplerBroom's trial lawyers handle cases in a wide variety of areas, primarily representing defendants in civil law suits including class actions, product liability, personal injury, asbestos, employment, toxic torts, legal and medical malpractice, nursing home, insurance, workers compensation, commercial law and white collar criminal defense. The firm provides comprehensive representation for its business clients, from entity selection and formation to day-to-day management and employment issues, tax planning, contract preparation, real estate matters, succession planning and representation in mergers, acquisitions, and sales. The firm also offers sophisticated estate planning services for business owners and other individuals with substantial net worth.
Family: Mr. Broom is married to Holly; they have three children: Holly, Ben and Joseph.
Additional Office Locations:
St. Louis, MO - 800 Market St, Suite 2300
Springfield, IL - 400 S. 9th St, Suite 100
Chicago, IL - 150 North Wacker, Suite 3100