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Debra Stegall (Partner)

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Deb concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and transactional matters, including acquisitions, mergers and commercial contracts. She is the Chair of the firm's Business and Corporate Organizations Practice and Agribusiness Practice. Deb is  Vice Chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice, and she regularly provides counsel to healthcare providers on issues related to employment and contractual matters. She is also the firm's current Hiring Partner.

Deb's employment law experience includes litigation in state and federal court, representation before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Department of Labor, and hearings before the Illinois Department of Employment Security. She routinely counsels and guides employers through the extensive number of laws and regulations governing the employment relationship. She works with employers to avoid litigation when possible by counseling them on matters such as employee discipline, terminations, non-compete agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment policies, wage and hour matters, and severance agreements. 

In the healthcare industry, she has drafted Medical Staff Bylaws and regularly drafts and reviews physician and other contracts for hospital clients. Deb has also prepared and revised a number of employee handbooks, company policies, hospital policies and provides advice on employment law matters.

In addition, Deb represents corporate defendants in agricultural arbitration matters such as grain contract defaults before the National Grain and Feed Association.

Upon graduation from Southern Illinois University School of Law, Deb served as in-house counsel for Roadmaster Industries, Inc. in Olney, Illinois. After Brunswick Corporation purchased the bicycle and toy division of Roadmaster, Deb served as the Industrial Relations Manager before returning to the in-house counsel position of Brunswick's bicycle division. She counseled the division in all aspects of its legal needs with a concentration in labor and employment matters, business transactions, and risk management.

She has been a speaker to industry groups and clients on topics related to state and federal laws that govern the employer/employee relationship, as well as other legal issues facing businesses.

In 2015, she was named one of the Top 50 in Illinois Downstate Women Lawyers by Leading Lawyers.

Publications

  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2015) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2010) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2008) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2007) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2006) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2005) - Download Article
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2004) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Defending Your Company Before and After a Lawsuit or Claim is Filed”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show 2017
  • “The Final Rule: 2016 Update to the FLSA”
    Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
  • “The DOL New Overtime Rule: Don't Get Caught Unprepared”
    Heyl Royster Webinar 2016
  • “The Final Rule: 2016 Update To The FLSA”
    Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce 2016
  • “The Final Rule: 2016 Update To The FLSA”
    Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update 2016
  • “Harassment, Bullying & Violence”
    Heart of Illinois HR Council 2016
  • “LGBT & Gender Discrimination Claims”
    Illinois Association of County Officials 2016
  • “Corporate Structures and Employment Law Statutes”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show, Peoria 2016
  • “Family and Medical Leave Act and The ADA: Interactive Process”
    Illinois Association of County Officials 2015
  • “Dusting off Co-op Bylaws & Thinking Ahead”
    National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives 2015
  • “Family and Medical Leave”
    Illinois County Treasurers’ Association 2015
  • “Employment and Volunteer Issues”
    Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference 2015
  • “Hostile Work Environment”
    Central Illinois Chapter Society for Human Resources Management Legislative/HR Conference 2015
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law for Museums”
    Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference 2014
  • “Legally Defensible Documents”
    Rock River Human Resource Professional Association 2014
  • “Legally Defensible Documents”
    How to Protect Your Company/Minimize Risks in the Workplace Heyl Royster Seminar 2014
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “The Effect of the Illinois Concealed Carry Act on Employers”
    Heyl Royster Seminar/Webinar, Peoria 2013
  • “Employer Liability for Sexual Misconduct”
    Heyl Royster 2005
  • “Don't Jump the Gun: Employment Law and Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)”
    Heyl Royster 2004
  • “What is Your Exposure? Personal and Company Liability Risks for the Claims Handler: Confidentiality - E-Mail & Internet”
    Heyl Royster 2000

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the areas of Employment Law: Management; Health Law; and Agriculture Law. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Leading Labor & Employment Lawyer – Chicago Lawyer - March 2014
  • Leading Health Lawyers – Chicago Lawyer – September 2013

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys
  • Peoria County Bar Association (Former Member, Diversity Committee)
  • Illinois Grain and Feed Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Heart of Illinois HR Council

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois 

Community Involvement

  • Graduate, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School
  • Heart of Illinois United Way Pillars Society