Gary Pinter

Practice Groups:

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Product Liability

Trucking

Trusts and Probate

Military Law

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL

Phone: 618.656.4646

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News

Summary Judgment Win in Iowa Court in Asbestos Litigation - 12/13/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

Gary Pinter Named a "40 Under Forty" Illinois Attorney to Watch - 10/09/2015

Eleven Attorneys Honored as "Emerging Lawyers" - 07/31/2015

Firm Adds Military Law Practice - 04/09/2015

Heyl Royster Announces Five New Partners - 01/09/2015

In Gratitude to Our Country's Veterans - 11/11/2014

Education

  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude), Northern Illinois University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts-Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University, 1999 

Year Joined Firm

2007

 

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Gary practices in a variety of areas of civil tort litigation in both Illinois and Missouri including the defense of matters involving asbestos and toxic torts, products liability, premises liability, trucking and transportation claims, and professional liability. He has been involved in all aspects of the defense of cases in his various practice areas, including the preparation and answering of discovery, preparation and presentation of all necessary motions, defending the firm's clients at depositions, deposing opposing parties and plaintiff experts, preparing experts for trial, and preparing cases for trial. 

Gary's experience in the defense of asbestos-related product and premises claims has made him a valuable member of many of the firm's client defense teams. He has been one of the designated attorneys who argue critical motions related to the asbestos litigation in Madison County, IL, such as those relating to forum issues. In addition, he has played a key role in the firm's efforts to implement legislative changes in the laws related to Worker's Compensation claims in Missouri and the impact on employers facing direct asbestos claims.

Prior to law school, Mr. Pinter enlisted in the Army in 2000 and served as a Cavalry Scout until 2004, which included being selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Army's Primary Leadership Development Course and service in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A native of Spring Valley, Illinois, Mr. Pinter began his legal career working as a law clerk for the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office and a DeKalb County, Illinois law firm. During law school, Mr. Pinter was the Managing Editor of the NIU Law Review, and his comment, "Criminal Discovery and the Costs of Reproduction: A Burden Taxpayers Should Not Have to Bear," was published in the NIU Law Review. He was a finalist in the 2006 NIU College of Law Intramural Moot Court Competition, and a regional finalist in the 2007 National Trial Competition. He served as a board member of the Student Bar Association during the 2005-2006 school year.

Mr. Pinter contributes quarterly summaries of recent insurance law decisions for inclusion in The Policy, the Illinois State Bar Association's Section on Insurance Law newsletter.

Publications

  • "Criminal Discovery and the Costs of Reproduction: A Burden Taxpayers Should Not Have to Bear," Northern Illinois University Law Review (2006)

Public Speaking

  • “Navigating an Asbestos Case”
    HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, St. Louis, MO 2015
  • “Recent Developments in Premises Liability”
    Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Class Speaker”
    2007 NIU College of Law Commencement Ceremony 2007

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 2015 and 2016 list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers. Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction.
  • Named a 2015 "40 Under Forty" attorney in Illinois by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. This honor recognizes exceptional lawyering skills, significant contributions to the legal profession, and substantial involvement in local community.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Insurance Law Committee Member)
  • Madison County Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • The Missouri Bar Association

Court Admissions

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