Bruce Bonds

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Office Locations:

Champaign, IL

Phone: 217.344.0060

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News

Luther Inducted into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers - 03/24/2017

24 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers - 03/10/2017

Firm Relocates Office to Champaign - 01/03/2017

Bonds and Luther Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 09/09/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers - 02/05/2016

Bonds Appointed to Workers' Compensation Commission's Rules Review and Revisions Committee - 11/04/2015

27 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/20/2015

Bonds Selected One of 50 Most Influential People In Workers' Compensation - 07/25/2014

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/21/2014

Bonds and Luther Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 10/18/2013

Heyl Royster Attorneys Speak at Peoria County Bar Association CLE Programs - 04/12/2013

Bonds Inducted into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers - 04/05/2013

Bonds Speaks to Workers’ Compensation Professionals on Cost Containment - 03/15/2013

Attorneys Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 02/08/2013

25 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 01/31/2013

Seven from Urbana Office Participate in Illinois Marathon 5K Race - 06/01/2012

Fifteen Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers and Eight Named as Rising Stars - 04/25/2012

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Washington University School of Law, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts-Finance, University of Illinois, 1979

Year Joined Firm

1982

 

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Bruce Bonds (Office Managing Partner/Shareholder)

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Bruce is the Managing Partner of the firm's Champaign office and past chair of the firm's statewide Workers' Compensation Practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, third-party defense of employers, and employment law. With extensive experience before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Bruce has defended employers in thousands of cases during the course of his career. As a result of his experience and success, his services are sought by self-insureds, insurance carriers, and TPAs.

Bruce served as a technical advisor to the combined employers group in the negotiations which culminated in the 2005 revisions to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. He worked as a technical advisor to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce as well as with a number of Illinois legislators and state agencies in the process that resulted in the 2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. In 2015, he was appointed to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission's Rules Review and Revisions Committee.

Bruce is an Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law where he has taught Workers' Compensation Law to upper-level students since 1998.

Bruce has co-authored a book with Kevin Luther of the firm's Rockford office entitled Illinois Workers' Compensation Law, 2016-2017, which was published by Thomson Reuters. The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of workers' compensation law in Illinois.

Bruce is a frequent speaker on workers' compensation issues at bar association and industry-sponsored seminars. Bruce has served as Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee on Employment, Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Council on Workers' Compensation, and currently serves on the Employment Law Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation Committee. He has been designated as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; another survey published by Chicago magazine named Bruce one of the "Best Lawyers in Illinois" for 2008. 

Bruce has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster beginning in 1982.

Click here to view an interview with Mr. Bonds on defending high exposure and catastrophic Workers' Compensation cases.

Publications

  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law," 2016-2017 (Vol. 27, Illinois Practice Series), updated and published by Thomson Reuters (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016)
  • "Evaluating Permanent Partial Disability Under the 2011 Amendments of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act," Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Update (September 2012) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Legislative Update & News from the Commission”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Workers’ Compensation and Section 5 Liens”
    “Tort Practitioners’ Topics of Interest” ISBA Seminar 2016
  • “Medical Marijuana: A Cloud of Uncertainty Over Employers”
    Heyl Royster 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Use of Rated Age Annuities to Reduce Exposure in High Value Cases”
    2015 Illinois Workers Compensation Forum - Chicago, Illinois 2015
  • “Workers Compensation and the Government Employer: Where We Are, How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It”
    Illinois County Governing Conference 2015
  • “Defending High Exposure and Catastrophic Workers’ Compensation Cases”
    34th Annual SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference 2014
  • “2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Act, Three Years Later”
    Central Illinois Human Resource Group 2014
  • “Defending High Exposure and Catastrophic Workers’ Compensation Cases”
    Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Proven Tactics for Successfully Defending High Exposure Workers’ Compensation Claims and Keeping Them From Spiraling Out Of Control”
    Illinois Workers’ Compensation Forum 2014
  • “Workers’ Compensation Reform in Illinois – The Political and Legal Process: A Case Study for the Nation”
    DRI Annual Meeting 2013
  • “The 2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act”
    Eastern Illinois Human Resources/Safety Council in Urbana, Illinois 2012
  • “AMA Guides – Seize the Moment to Reduce PPD Awards”
    Heyl Royster 27th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2012
  • “What Every Employer Should Know About the 2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act”
    Kraft Foods, Inc., Champaign, Illinois 2012
  • “Investigating the Suspicious Claim”
    Danville Area Dental Society 2012
  • “2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act: One Year Later”
    Risk Managers Society of Central Illinois, Bloomington, Illinois 2012
  • “Use of AMA Ratings to Evaluate Permanent Partial Disability”
    Illinois Hospital Association/Illinois Compensation Trust, Naperville, Illinois 2012
  • “Workers’ Compensation Reform in Illinois”
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Webinar 2011
  • “2005 Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
    Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day 2010
  • “The 2005 Amendments, 3 Years Later: The Respondent”
    SafeWorks 16th Annual Work Injury Conference 2008
  • “Update on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Medical Fee Schedule”
    Illinois-Iowa Safety Council Annual Convention 2008
  • “Recent Changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Statutes”
    Illinois Manufacturers Association 2005

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Named as one of the "50 Most Influential People In Workers' Compensation" by SEAK, Inc. in 2014.
  • 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 (2012-2017). 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 Workers' Compensation Commission's Rules Review and Revisions Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Past Chair Workers' Compensation Law Section Council)
  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Member, Workers' Compensation Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Self-Insurers Association
  • Workers Compensation Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Trails at Brittany Homeowners Association, Board Member, 2011; Vice-President, 2011-2013; President, 2013-2015
  • Director, Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, 1995-1998, 2006
  • Member of the Vestry, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 1997-2000, 2005-2008
  • Stewardship Chair, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 1999-2006
  • Sunday School Teacher, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 1996-2001
  • Chair of Board of Trustees, Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, 2004-2012
  • Member of the Diocesan Council, Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, 2004-2012
  • Judge of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court, Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, 2001-Present
  • Lincolnshire Fields Homeowners Association, 1998-2001, President, 2001