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Heyl Royster



Jana Brady (Partner)


Jana focuses her practice on the defense of civil litigation and federal practice, particularly in areas of medical malpractice, employment, civil rights/Section 1983, and healthcare.

Jana represents healthcare professionals, including physicians, surgeons, mental health professionals, nurses, physician's assistants and administrators, in medical malpractice litigation. She also provides deposition assistance for treating healthcare professionals. As part of her healthcare practice, Jana represents medical groups, healthcare systems and hospitals on various business and legal matters including lien adjudication matters.

In the employment law area, Jana also represents employers in federal and state court litigation and in agency matters, including those pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and other agencies.

Jana defends prison and jail healthcare professionals, sheriffs, correctional and police officers who are sued by detainees and prisoners pursuant to Section 1983, including in the context of deliberate indifference, excessive force, due process and false arrest claims. She also counsels businesses, correctional vendors, government entities on state and federal civil rights laws and represents their interests in federal and state court and in agency proceedings.

Jana joined the firm's Rockford office following graduation from law school in 2003 and became a partner in 2012. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from McKendree College. She was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2017). Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less, earn this designation.


  • “Grievances: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade and Reduce Legal Risk,” CorrectCare Journal (2016) - Download Article
  • "Hindsight is Bittersweet: Quality Improvements Studies as Evidence in Inmate Litigation," CorrectCare Journal (2015) - Download Article
  • "Maximize Recovery for Liability Accounts under Illinois' Health Care Services Lien Act,"  Health Law Now (2015) - Read Article
  • "Are Employees on the Clock When They Go Through Security Checks at the End of the Day? Nope, According to the United States Supreme Court," Employer's Edge E-Clips (2015) - Read Article
  • "Non-Compete Agreements," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 2011 Survey of Law, (2012)
  • "Employment Settlement Contracts: Reducing the Incidence of Buyer's Remorse and Laying the Groundwork for Enforcement," IDC Defense Update (2012) - Download Article
  • "Back Away from the 'Like' Button: The Potential for Employers' Liability in the Age of Social Networking," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2011) - Download Article
  • "Physician Disciplinary Records: TMI?!" IDC Defense Update, Vol. 11, No. 8 (2010) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Improving Quality of Care and Minimizing Section 1983 Liability Through Proper Documentation”
  • “Minimizing Section 1983 Liability Through Proper Documentation”
  • “ADA and FMLA”
    Recent Legal Decisions Affecting Businesses & Employers, Heyl Royster Seminar 2015
  • “EMS Provider Liability, Legal Concerns and Risk Management”
    EMS Liability and Risk Management 2015
  • “Volunteerism and the Legal Implications that Follow in the Employment Setting”
    Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference 2014
  • “Concealed Carry and Medical Cannabis in the Context of Employer Obligations and Employee Rights”
    Rock River Human Resource Professional Association 2014
  • “HIPAA: Legal Background and Current State of the Law”
    City of Rockford Fire 911 Division 2014
  • “A Program on the Extent to Which Employers May Monitor/Restrict Employees”
    St. Mary’s Occupational Health & Wellness 2012
  • “Moot Court Prize Competition Champion, Best Oralist, Best Brief”
    Northern Illinois University Moot Court 2002

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2015-2017). 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 to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2017). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Employment Law Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • P. Michael Mahoney Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (Treasurer)

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin