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Brad concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and workers' compensation law. He also defends civil rights discrimination claims and represents police and municipal defendants in tort immunity suits and related constitutional claims.
State Courts of Illinois, 1980
United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, 1980
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1980
United States Supreme Court, 1984
Hourly Rate: $151-$250/hour
Date of Birth: 1954
Law School: Drake University Law School, J.D., 1980
Undergraduate School: Drake University, 1976
Brad represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals.
Brad has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster, beginning in 1980 in the Peoria office.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
He is a member of the Peoria County and Illinois State Bar Associations. Brad previously served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Employer Liability Law and Governmental Liability Committees. He served as Co-Chair of that group's National Institute "Workplace Remedies III in 1992 and served as its Program Chair for the 1993 mid-year and annual meetings. Brad serves as Chair of the DRI's Workers' Compensation Committee and also serves as Program Chair for its 2003 Employment Law Seminar. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Published Legal Writing:
He is an author of articles on employment law issues and has spoken to many local and national bar and industry groups on a variety of employment topics including:
"Implementing Pre and Post-Hire Employment Testing Practices That Get the Right Personnel in the Right Positions Legally," December 1998
"Defense of Retaliatory Discharge Claims and Willful Misconduct: Voluntary Intoxication and Other Misconduct," July 1998
"Discrimination: New Employees Selection and Screening," May 1998
"New Developments Under the Americans With Disabilities Act," August 1997
"Employment Discrimination," July 1997
"Identifying Disabilities," October 1998
"Adverse Employment Action: But I Didn't Fire Him," November 1997
With offices in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana, Rockford and Edwardsville, Heyl Royster's 90 lawyers represent clients in all counties in the state outside of the immediate Chicago area. Heyl Royster is the largest firm in Illinois based outside of Chicago. Our lawyers represent clients in the following practice groups: tort personal injury and property damage defense; workers' compensation defense; appellate; product liability defense; professional liability defense; insurance coverage; commercial litigation; employment; immigration; religious/non profit; environmental; corporate; banking and finance; real estate; healthcare; international; and governmental law.
Practice Group Description:
The principal expertise of the firm is tort defense litigation, including auto, general liability, product liability, fire, property, aviation, environmental, malpractice claims against all professions, workers' compensation, uninsured and underinsured, marine, inland marine and railroad. We offer services ranging from assistance in negotiations to pre-trial planning, as well as litigation at trial level through the courts of last resort at both the state and federal levels.
In addition to consulting and litigating claims made against our clients' insureds, we have a long tradition of representing carriers in coverage disputes with their insureds or other carriers. This growing and increasingly complex body of law requires an in-depth knowledge of not only state law, but national trends. Our expertise allows us not only to litigate coverage issues when they arise, but to anticipate problems in policy language in the drafting and regulatory stage.
Attorneys in our insurance coverage practice have had the privilege of litigating coverage disputes in a variety of policies, including commercial general liability, automobile, home, directors and officers, professional liability, life and health as well as self-insured and manuscript plans. Although trial skills are emphasized at Heyl Royster, it has never been our intention to run every dispute through the judicial system. Our goal is to help clients achieve the most favorable resolution possible in a prompt, cost-effective fashion, without prolonged, uncontrolled and costly litigation. Nevertheless, while we know that not every case will go to trial, we also realize a client cannot get a favorable settlement unless the opponent realizes the threat of trial is real.
Family: Brad is married and has three children.
Additional Office Locations: Springfield, Urbana, Rockford, Edwardsville
A parking garage is located in the Bank One Building, 124 SW Adams, Peoria, Illinois.