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Heyl Royster

 

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Renee Monfort (Partner)

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Renee's civil litigation practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. In addition to representing clients in healthcare related litigation, she also provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on a wide range of administrative, policy and risk management matters. The scope of her practice also includes representation of clients in administrative proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Prior to Heyl Royster, Renee headed up the medical malpractice defense practice for a central Illinois law firm. She joined Heyl Royster's Urbana office in 2009. Renee is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law where she teaches Trial Advocacy. She has received the highest  AV ranking by Martindale-Hubbell and she has been designated an Illinois "Leading Lawyer," a distinction that is reserved for only 5% of the lawyers in the state.

Renee has made presentations and participated in programs in a variety of settings. She has lectured for healthcare organizations, insurance companies and educational institutions.

Public Speaking

  • “Shoulder Dystocia: Litigation Hints and Hurdles”
    Medical Residents 2015
  • “What Matters When You are Stuck in a Shoulder Dystocia Case”
    Regional Obstetrical Providers 2015
  • “Documentation Issues in Nursing”
    Community Hospital in Southern Illinois 2015
  • “Civil Litigation – a Panel of Experts”
    East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association 2015
  • “Shoulder Dystocia: A Guide to Medical and Legal Management”
    Perinatal Safety and Risk Management Program – Panel Member 2011
  • “What Can the Plaintiff Recover: Damages Update”
    Heyl Royster 25th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2010
  • “How to Avoid Litigation When Communicating with Patients and Documenting”
    Christie Clinic 2009
  • “Litigation and Risk Management”
    Hudson Healthcare Risk Management Seminar 2008
  • “Medical and Legal Risk Mitigation Strategies for Ureter and Bladder Injury and Prevention”
    Panel Member for Risk Management Presentation 2008
  • “How to Keep Your Metatarsals from Touching Your Tonsils – The Importance of Communication in Healthcare”
    Risk Management Seminar 2003
  • “A Glimpse at Medical Malpractice”
    Legal Issues in Medicine Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine 2003
  • “Winning the Malpractice War”
    Risk Management Seminar 2002
  • “Taking and Defending Depositions”
    Illinois Defense Counsel Rookie Seminar 2001

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2013-2017). The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness (2014-Present)
  • Interviewer for American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (2014-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2000-Present; Medical Liability Committee, 2000-Present)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2000-Present)
  • Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Standing Committee on Diversity Pipeline, 2013-Present)
  • Champaign County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate (1995-1997)
  • A host family for the University of Illinois’ International Friends Program