Emily Perkins (Associate)
Emily concentrates her practice in the area of employment/labor law, governmental law, Section 1983 civil rights litigation, and intellectual property law. She is involved in various employment matters, including hostile work environment issues, discrimination, and retaliation claims against employers. She works with employers of public entities in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and defending against unfair labor practice charges. She also drafts and negotiates a wide variety of contracts ranging from severance agreements to large business contracts, including purchase, consulting, license, and software agreements.
Emily defends state actors (clinical therapists and law enforcement officers) in Section 1983 deliberate indifference and failure to protect claims. In addition, she represents townships, villages, road districts and other governmental entities in a variety of litigation. Emily also defends premises liability and personal injury claims in state court.
Emily joined the firm's Peoria office as an associate in 2014, after serving as a summer law clerk in 2012 and 2013. As a member of the Trial Advocacy Society at Northern Illinois University College of Law, she had the opportunity to compete in the Student Trial Advocacy Competition for the American Association for Justice in Chicago, Illinois. While in law school, Emily also served as the President of the Student Bar Association. Her article "Regulating Appearance in the Workplace: An Employer's Guide to Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits" was chosen as a winner in the National Law Review writing competition and published in February of 2014.
- Young v. ___ (C.D. Ill 2017) - Represented seven clinical therapists in an inadequate mental health treatment claim. The court granted the defendants’ summary judgment motion and agreed that the plaintiff could not support his claim by demonstrating that any of the individual defendants failed to provide him sufficient mental health treatment. The defendants provided evidence, including the plaintiff’s clinical progress notes which established the plaintiff’s engagement in the treatment process, to defeat the plaintiff’s claim.
- Adams v. ___ (C.D. Ill 2017) - Successfully defended grievance examiner of a state facility in two religious claims: the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act claim and a First Amendment claim for the freedom of religion. The Central District granted the defendant’s summary judgment motion and agreed the policies at the facility did not have any effect on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs. Furthermore, the facility’s failure to initiate a specific non-denominational Christian church service for these plaintiffs was not a violation of the plaintiffs’ First Amendment right because there are currently several Christian church services for the plaintiffs to attend.
- Hughes v. ___ (C.D. Ill 2017) - Defended grievance examiner in a claim relating to the quality of food at a state facility. The court agreed that the grievance examiner had no control over the food service. Additionally, the grievance examiner properly addressed the plaintiff’s concerns outlined in his grievances and attempts to resolve. The court granted the defendant’s summary judgment motion.
- Poole v. ___ (2015) - Successfully argued summary judgment motion in state court as it related to Plaintiff’s cause of action for deliberate indifference for failing to protect him from another inmate as well as deliberate indifference to his medical needs against jail personnel. The court agreed that there was no evidence that the plaintiff’s attacker was a specific risk of harm to the plaintiff and that the defendants were not personally involved in administering plaintiff’s medication or medical treatment.
- Strickland v. ___ (C.D. Ill 2016) - Defended jail personnel in a claim for deliberate indifference to plaintiff’s serious medical needs due to a back brace that was allegedly confiscated during his incarceration. The Central District granted defendants’ summary judgment motion based on the fact that the defendants lacked personal involvement as it related to any alleged confiscation of a back brace as well as any personal involvement in his medical care or treatment.
- “The Motor Carrier Overtime Exemptions: The Importance of Proper Employee Classification,” Heyl Royster Trucking Practice Newsletter (2016) - Read Article
- “How Can Employers Respond to Race Discrimination? Promote Diversity," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2016) - Read Article
- "High Heels in the Workplace: Can Employers Still Require Women to Wear Them?," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2016) - Read Article
- "Do Not Hire: Illinois Supreme Court's Decision Regarding Mandatory Grievance Arbitration," A Lesson Learned Newsletter/Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Education & Employment Newsletters (2016) - Read Article
- "Seventh Circuit Addresses Public Employee Speech," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2016) - Download Article
- "Severance Agreement Upheld by Seventh Circuit Proves Big Win for Employers," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2016) - Read Article
- "An Overview of New Laws Affecting Illinois Employers in 2016," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2016) - Read Article
- "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2015) - Download Article
- "It's What You Say AND How You Say It: How to Properly Conduct Business Succession Planning," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
- "Whose Right of Way is it Anyway?," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
- “Supreme Court Limits the Scope of Personal
Jurisdiction,” DRI, The Voice - Weekly Feature (2015) - Read Article
- "Regulating Appearance in the Workplace," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
- "Supreme Court Places Burden on Employers to Address Religious Accommodations," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
- "Interlocutory Appeals of Certain Orders" chapter in Civil Appeals (Illinois): State and Federal 2015, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2015)
- "Affidavit and Health-Professional's Report Requirements Extended to Medical Battery Claims," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2015) - Download Article
- "Illinois Appellate Court Allows Recovery of Extraordinary Expenses in Wrongful Pregnancy Action," Heyl Royster Medicolegal Monitor Newsletter (2015) – Read Article
- “Public Bodies Prohibited from Requiring Community Members to Disclose Address Before Public Comment,” Illinois County Magazine (2015) - Read Article
- "Illinois 'LEADS' Information Exempt from Disclosure under FOIA," National Law Review (2014)
- "Illinois Shooting Ranges Permissible Under Definition of Private Recreation in Zoning Code," National Law Review (2014)
- "Regulating Appearance in the Workplace: An Employer's Guide to Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits," National Law Review (2014)
- "Conviction Reversed for Illinois DUI Offense Outside the Corporate Limits," National Law Review (2014)
- "'Distraction Exception' Narrowed by Illinois Supreme Court Re: Personal Injury," National Law Review (2014)
- "Recovery of Extraordinary Expenses Permitted in Wrongful Pregnancy Action," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2014)
- “Cyber Liability for Public Bodies”
Illinois Association of County Board Members New Employment Laws Seminar 2017
- “Mitigating Volunteer Liability”
IASB/IASA/IASBO’s Joint Annual Conference 2016
- “Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention”
Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
- “Social Media - Must Know Legal and Insurance Risks”
Kuhl & Company Insurance Quarterly Seminar 2016
- “The Lindbergh Kidnapping/Murder Trial and Transactions with Clients”
PCBA and MCBA Professional Ethics Seminars - Tried and True: Part III 2016
- “Harassment-Free & Diversity Workplace Awareness Training”
Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 2016
- “2016 Legislative Update for Public Employers”
Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Governmental Seminar 2016
- “New Laws Affecting Illinois Employers”
Heyl Royster Annual Employment Seminar/Webinar 2015
- “Recent Legal Decisions Affecting Businesses and Employers”
Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Commercial Litigation Seminar/Webinar 2015
Quoted in the Madison Record in article entitled, "Seventh Circuit finds severance agreement enforceable and valid in case against CVS." Click here to view article.
Quoted in the Hanford, California Sentinel regarding employment discrimination laws and appearance in the workplace. Click here to view article.
Northern Illinois University College of Law recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to the College of Law Community" Award (2014)
Winner of the Winter National Law Review 2014 Writing Competition
State Courts of Illinois
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
Active in Bradley University's pre-law programs, including the annual Mock Trial Competition
Member of Women in Leadership of Central Illinois (2014-2015)
Generation United member/volunteer (2015)
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School, Class of 2016 Graduate
St. Jude Washington to Peoria Runner
Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board Member
Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria, Board Member (2016- present)
Volunteer for Pro Bono Help Desk for 10th Judicial Circuit
Volunteer mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters “Lunch Buddies” program
Volunteer tutor for Neighborhood House