Brad L. Badgley

Brad L. Badgley

Principal, Owner
Belleville, Illinois

Brad L. Badgley joined C. E. Heiligenstein, P.C. as an associate in 1978, upon graduation from John Marshall Law School. The firm had, and continues to have, a strong association with organized labor. Mr. Badgley presently is counsel for the Southern Illinois Labor Trades Council, which represents the Belleville and East St. Louis locals. Although the firm has always had an active worker's compensation practice, under Mr. Badgley, that practice has expanded to cover a significant portion of central and downstate Illinois. He has settled and/or tried hundreds of cases involving all aspects of work-related injuries. His practice also encompasses civil actions throughout the same geographic areas.

Mr. Badgley is well known for his representation of personal injury, worker's compensation and wrongful death claims, and respected for the prompt and ethical resolution of his cases by either settlement or trial. He is listed in Martindale Hubbell, a Bar Registry for Pre-Eminent Lawyers, and serves on the Product Liability Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Badgley recently settled a wrongful death case in Gallatin County, IL (pop 5,500).  This was the largest wrongful death settlement in the history of the county.  Mr. Badgley tried or settled several recent cases with substantial results. Although he has also been part of larger verdicts or settlements, each case is noteworthy because the named defendants vigorously denied liability and made either no offer or substantially smaller offers prior to trial. Mr. Badgley's aggressive pursuit of these cases earned his clients the financial awards to which they were entitled.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Products Liability Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978
  • Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Major: Finance

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Laborers International Union of North America Local 459
  • Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Union Local 182B
  • Carpenters Local 433
  • Service Employees Union Local 116


  • Bank Star One
  • Union Planters Bank, N.A.
  • Leader Funds


  • Lecturer, Multiple Subjects, Illinois Trial Lawyers, 1983 - Present
  • Lecturer, Multiple Subjects, Illinois State Bar Association, 1983 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, Subject - Jury Selection, McKendree College Forensic Psychology Class, February 18, 2000
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Products Liability Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 21, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Seminar - Topic - Low Speed Collision, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, April 14, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Topic - Legislative Changes Affecting Organized Labor, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Local 182-B/Midwest Regional Conference, April 15, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Community Services Award Certificate of Appreciation, Belleville Trades & Labor Assembly AFL-CIO, 1986
  • Listed in 83rd Edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for High Professional Legal Standards and Ethics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • East St. Louis Bar Association, Member
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board Manager
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Chapter Vice President
  • Greater St. Louis Council, Member
  • Fairview Heights Community Bank, Director
  • Magna Trust Company, a Subsidiary of Magna Group, Inc., Director
  • Bank Star One, Director
  • Leader Funds, Director
  • Union Planters Private Banking/Advisory Board, Director

Past Employment Positions

  • C. E. Heiligenstein, P.C., Associate, 1978 - 1981
  • Heiligenstein & Badgley,P.C., Partner, 1981 - 2000
  • Brad L. Badgley, P.C., Principal, 2000 - Present


  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Phi