Lynsey Welch

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Office Locations:

Rockford, IL

Phone: 815.963.4454

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.853.8700

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Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 01/20/2017

Heyl Royster Announces Four New Partners, Plus Two New Attorneys - 01/05/2016

Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), Northern Illinois University, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences-Political Science, University of Illinois, 2002

Year Joined Firm

2005

 

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Lynsey Welch (Partner)

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Lynsey dedicates a significant portion of her practice to the defense of employers in workers' compensation cases. She has successfully arbitrated several complex claims. She has also effectively argued numerous claims before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Lynsey is also involved in protecting employer rights in state and Federal courts, including employment, third party, and subrogation claims. Additionally, she has handled a variety of civil matters ranging from representing defendants in auto accidents and premises liability claims to representing toxic tort matters. She has experience in all aspects of case preparation and has trial experience.

Born and raised in the Rockford area, Lynsey started with Heyl Royster as a summer associate while in law school. She joined the firm's Rockford office in 2005 following graduation. She became a partner in 2016. She has also served as a guest speaker to local high school students on topics such as career mentoring and the practice of law. Lynsey serves as an arbitrator for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit's Court-Annexed Arbitration System. She is an active member in the Winnebago County Bar Association, currently serving on its Board of Directors.

Lynsey has experience speaking to clients, claims representatives, employers, and attorneys on issues regarding the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. Additionally, she has authored a variety of articles on Workers' Compensation and Workers' Compensation Appeals, including such topics as Personal Comfort Doctrine and defending a claim for a voluntary recreational activity.

Lynsey received her J.D. (Cum Laude) from Northern Illinois University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Illinois. While attending law school, Lynsey was an Assistant Editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review, a member of the Public Interest Law Society, and a member of the Women's Law Caucus.

Publications

  • “Commission Issues Proposed Amendments to Rules of Practice,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2016) - Download Article
  • "A Primer on Recent Cases Impacting Workers’ Compensation Defense," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2016) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “X’s and O’s: Practice Pointer Forum”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “WC Claims Handling Liability, Including Legal Holds & Spoliation”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “You’ve Been Served: How to Help Your Organization Understand and Defend a Lawsuit”
    St. Mary’s Occupational Health & Streator Chamber of Commerce 2013

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 2017 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.

Professional Associations

  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Winnebago County Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2014-2016)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Court Admissions

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