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Heather concentrates her practice in civil litigation, trial as well as ADR settings, including personal injury, professional liability and product liability defense. Her focus includes representing individuals, business and governmental entities in the defense of civil litigation claims throughout Illinois and Missouri.
Heather joined Heyl Royster in 2016. Before joining Heyl Royster, Heather worked at a mid-sized defense firm in the St. Louis Metro East area where she represented clients, including governmental entities, in the defense of personal injury and product liability claims throughout Illinois and Missouri. Heather also worked extensively in insurance coverage litigation. Heather has first- and second-chair trial experience. She has obtained defense verdicts in several mandatory arbitrations, and argued and won summary judgment motions, in state court venues such as Madison County, IL, and in the United States Federal Court, Central District of Illinois. In the area of long-term care and nursing home liability, Heather has represented long-term care and nursing home facilities in the defense of medical malpractice cases including allegations of bed sores and wrongful death as well as pre-suit investigation and preparation. Heather has also written and argued appeals in the Fifth District of Illinois.Heather is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College in the Paralegal Studies Program. She also founded the Madison County Women Lawyers group.