Heidi Ruckman

Practice Groups:

Agribusiness

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Business and Commercial Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense

Trucking

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Long Term Care/Nursing Homes

Office Locations:

Rockford, IL

Phone: 815.963.4454

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News

Ruckman Article Explores Commercial Transportation “Off Duty” Liability Issues - 12/20/2016

Heyl Royster Announces New Partners - 02/15/2012

Education

  • Juris Doctor, The John Marshall School of Law, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science with an emphasis on public law (summa cum laude), Northern Illinois University, 1997 

Year Joined Firm

2006

 

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Heidi Ruckman concentrates her practice in civil defense litigation, including trucking and auto litigation, premises liability, business disputes, and the defense of asbestos claims. Her clients have included trucking companies and carriers, mortgage companies, construction and excavation companies, gas station owners, disposal companies, farm chemical companies, automobile dealerships, and real estate companies.

Heidi has tried a number of cases to verdict. In addition to her experience in civil litigation and insurance-related matters, Heidi has represented corporate clients in contract and other business disputes. She has also represented municipalities in various litigation matters and zoning issues.

Heidi began practicing law in 2000. She joined the firm’s Rockford office in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Her participation in professional associations includes serving as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commercial Transportation Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ Diversity Committee.

Publications

  • “Tracy Morgan Settled His Suit, But Left Behind Potential Issues Concerning A Driver’s Uncompensated Off Duty Activities,” ABA Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Newsletter (2016) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Outsmarting the Trucking Reptile”
    Defense Research Institute (DRI), May 2017
  • “When Social Media Becomes Socially Awkward”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Liability for Distracted Driving”
    Heyl Royster 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Speedy Payments of Settlements Under the New Law”
    Winnebago County Bar Association 2014
  • “Write that Check-Payments of Settlements”
    29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Premises Liability Update”
    27th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2012
  • “Premises Liability Case Updates”
    Winnebago County Bar Association 2011
  • “Building a Solid Foundation for Defense: Statement Taking Techniques”
    26th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2011

Professional Associations

  • Winnebago County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Trial and Appellate Section, Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Winnebago County Arbitrator
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Transportation Lawyer Association
  • American Bar Association, Commercial Transportation Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), Diversity Committee, Vice-Chair

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Member, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate, of the Rockford Chamber Leadership/Community Awareness class.
  • Former Board of Directors Member, Discovery Center Museum
  • Contributing writer to the monthly newsletter published by the Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Lifescape