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   3Stephen R. KaufmannSpringfield(217) 993-7146skaufmann@heplerbroom.comskaufmann@heplerbroom.comHeplerBroom LLCwww.heplerbroom.comwww.heplerbroom.comkaufmannstephenr.jpgClass Action/Mass Tort Defense LawInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawToxic Torts Defense LawPharmaceutical LiabilityProducts Liability
Stephen R.
HeplerBroom LLC
4340 Acer Grove Drive
Springfield IL 62711
Ph.(217) 993-7146 Fx.(217) 5283964
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law    Pharmaceutical Liability
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law    Products Liability
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Products Liability Defense Law
Toxic Torts Defense Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Kaufmann is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis on the defense of general negligence, products liability and professional negligence cases. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts of Illinois. He manages the firm?s Springfield, Illinois office and appears in court throughout central Illinois.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Mr. Kaufmann served as one of the trial counsel for the defense in Illinois' landmark toxic tort case, Donaldson v. Central Illinois Public Service Co., 199 Ill.2d 63, 767 N.E.2d 314 (2002).

He also served as trial counsel for the city of Springfield in a highly publicized First Amendment case in which a favorable verdict was returned for the city of Springfield.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1980
Missouri, 2004
Arizona, 1978
United States District Court, State of Arizona, 1978
Supreme Court of Arizona, 1978
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1979
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1980
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1980
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1980
United States Supreme Court, 1988
United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1995
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2007
United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2004
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2004

Retainer:  Varies by case

Year of Birth:  1952

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law,J.D., 1978
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Note and Comment editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Undergraduate School:  Knox College, Galesburg, 1975
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Clients:  
Purdue Pharma Company
Scott Health & Safety
McNeilus Companies
Illinois Department of Transportation

Employment History:  
2003-present, HeplerBroom, LLC; partner
1982-2002, Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran, Ltd.; partner
1978-1982, Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite; associate

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Madison County Bar Association
Sangamon County Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Arizona Bar Association
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Published Legal Writing:  
Co-author, "The Learned Intermediary Doctrine and Pharmaceutical Company Liability," Illinois Bar Journal (April 2007), which summarizes the learned intermediary doctrine in Illinois and provides practice pointers to attorneys defending pharmaceutical companies in failure to warn cases.

Co-author, "First District Refuses to Find Exception to Learned Intermediary Doctrine," IDC Quarterly (third quarter 2006), which discusses the recent case of Kennedy v. Medtronic, Inc., 851 N.E. 2d 778 (1st Dist. 2006)

Firm Description:  
HeplerBroom LLC has a history spanning more than 100 years. HeplerBroom 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. The firm'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.

Wife, Carol; daughters, Kate and Meg; son, David

Additional Office Locations:  
Edwardsville, IL - 103 W. Vandalia St, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO - 800 Market St, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL - 150 North Wacker, Suite 3100

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