Best Lawyers in America recognizes 15 lawyers from HeplerBroom

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 23, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE –– The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America named 15 attorneys from the Midwest defense firm HeplerBroom.  

The recognized attorneys include Larry E. Hepler, Gordon R. Broom and Jeffrey S. Hebrank, who practice in class action defense and mass tort litigation. All three work from the Edwardsville office.  

Broom received his law degree in 1969 from the University of Illinois. Hepler attended Washington and Lee University while Hebrank graduated from the St. Louis University of Law.  

Additional attorneys honored by Best Lawyers include Jason Rankin and Brenda G. Baum from the Edwardsville office as well as Theodore J. MacDonald Jr., Gerard T. Noce and Glenn E. Davis from the St. Louis office.  


The Best Lawyers list is created from peer reviews.  

Rankin earned his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1996. He focuses on product liability litigation.  

Baum specializes in mass tort litigation and class-action defendants. 

MacDonald attended the St. Louis University of Law, graduating in 1977. His areas of expertise include bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense and personal injury defense.  

Davis graduated with a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1982. He works on cases involving antitrust, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities and franchise law.  

Noce, who earned his law degree in 1979 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, specializes in personal injury defense cases.  

HeplerBroom can trace its beginnings back to 1894. The firm’s trial lawyers handle cases in fields as diverse as estate planning and white-collar criminal defense. They have offices in St. Louis, Chicago, Springfield, Edwardsville and Crystal Lake.  

The Best Lawyers list is created from peer reviews. Successful nominees, in addition to impressing their peers, must have practiced for at least a decade.  

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