Mitchell Hedrick

Practice Groups:

Employment & Labor

Trucking

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Business and Commercial Litigation

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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News

Hedrick Article on Social Media Evidence in DRI’s In Transit Newsletter - 06/27/2017

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Dayton School of Law (With Honors), 2011
  • Bachelor of Science – Management, Southern Illinois University College of Business, 2008

Year Joined Firm

2013

 

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Mitchell Hedrick (Associate)

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Mitch is a trial attorney who focuses his practice in the area of trucking, construction, employment law, and general tort defense. Mitch is also active in commercial litigation and matters involving defense of school districts. He serves clients in many diverse industries, including a heavy focus on the transportation, construction, education, and manufacturing industries. Mitch frequently appears in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. He handles all aspects of litigation, ranging from preparation of pleadings to representing clients at trial, where Mitch has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mitch spent eight years in the transportation, manufacturing, and distribution industries. He worked in facilities throughout the Midwest and still holds a Class A commercial driver's license. His experience in business and industry helps guide his representation of clients. While in law school, Mitch participated in the University of Dayton School of Law's J.D. in Two Years Program where he graduated With Honors in only two years. Mitch was a law clerk for Premier Health Partners, a large medical network in southwest Ohio, and a legal extern for the Honorable Mary L. Wiseman of the Montgomery County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Mitch practiced commercial litigation and labor & employment law with a law firm in Chicago.

A native of Peoria, Mitch joined Heyl Royster as an associate in 2013. Mitch is active in the Peoria community, serving on the Peoria Heights Alumni Association board and as Vice-President of the Peoria/Tri-County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association. Mitch is also an IHSA licensed baseball umpire and basketball referee.

Significant Cases

  • Menold Construction, Inc. v. Prather – Peoria County Circuit Court (2014) Represented construction and restoration contractor at bench trial in breach of contract action. Defendant refused to pay under the terms of a written contract for water damage remediation and repair services. At trial, Defendant argued the contractor had not performed its services in a workmanlike manner. Defendant also argued the contract was void as against public policy because 1) the contractor used unreasonable pricing lists established by a 3rd party vendor and 2) the contractor conspired with competitors in the area to set the price of construction services in violation of the Illinois Antitrust Act. The Court found the contractor had performed its services in a workmanlike manner. The Court further found that the use of the 3rd party vendor pricing list was standard in the industry and reasonable. The Court finally found that there was no conspiracy or agreement between the contractor and its competitors to set prices for construction services and therefore no violation of the Illinois Antitrust Act. The Court entered judgment in the contractor's favor and awarded damages for the amount invoiced, pre-suit interest, court costs, and reasonable attorneys fees.
  • Vesoulis v. Massey Roofing, Inc. – Peoria County Circuit Court (2014) Plaintiff homeowner hired Massey Roofing to install a rubber membrane flat roof on a portion of the historic John W. Gift Mansion in Peoria, Illinois. Plaintiff alleged Massey Roofing negligently installed the flat roof, resulting in significant water damage to the interior of the home. Massey Roofing employees testified that the company performed two water leakage tests at the request of the homeowner and determined the sources of the leak were a skylight and door frame installed by a different contractor after Massey Roofing's work was complete. Plaintiff admitted on cross-examination that the skylight and door frame were outside the scope of Massey Roofing's contract. Plaintiff also admitted the water leakage tests showed absolutely no defects in the work Massey Roofing performed. The trier of fact returned a verdict for Massey Roofing, finding that the Plaintiff failed to prove Massey Roofing breached the duty of workmanlike performance or that Massey Roofing's work was the cause of the damage to Plaintiff's home. The Court entered judgment in Massey Roofing's favor and awarded no damages to the Plaintiff.

Publications

  • "#Evidence: Social Media In Trucking Cases," DRI, In Transit - The Newsletter of the Trucking Law Committee (2017) – Read Article
  • "On The Horizon – Employee Paid Health Care Time Act" Employer's Edge – Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (Spring 2016) - Read Article
  • "The Truck Driver: The Cornerstone of the Defense," Heyl Royster Trucking Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
  • "How to Protect Your Practice When You Have to Let Employees Go," Impact Magazine (2013)

Public Speaking

  • “Defending Your Company Before and After a Lawsuit or Claim is Filed”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show 2017
  • “NLRB Decisions: How They Affect Your Work Environment”
    How to Protect Your Company/Minimize Risks in the Workplace Heyl Royster Seminar 2014
  • “Now Playing in a Venue Near You: Statutes, Supreme Court Rules, And Local Rules Applicable To Mediation And Arbitration Practice In Illinois Courts”
    Abraham Lincoln American Inn Of Court, February 2014
  • “Current Legal Issues For IESA Athletic Directors: Injuries to Student-Athletes and Non-Participants At Sporting Events”
    Illinois Elementary School Association Athletic Directors Workshop, September 2013

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law Committee, Lapsed Membership Committee)
  • Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Abraham Lincoln American Inns Of Court (Barrister Member)
  • Greater Peoria Claims Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Peoria Heights Alumni Association (Board Member, 2014 – Present)
  • SIU Alumni Association – Peoria/Tri-County Chapter (Vice President, 2015 – Present)
  • Quest Charter Academy Career Exploration Fair (2013)
  • IHSA Licensed Baseball Umpire and Basketball Referee