Michael Schag

Practice Groups:

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Government Contracts


Military Law

Business and Commercial Litigation

Environmental Law

Qui Tam (Whistleblower)

Product Liability

Insurance Coverage


Cannabis Business & Law

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL

Phone: 618.656.4646

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.853.8700

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

Firm Adds Military Law Practice - 04/09/2015

Schag Provides Instruction in Online Course "Military Service and the Law" - 02/03/2015

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

Firm Partner, Lt. Colonel Mike Schag, Receives Meritorious Service Medal - 06/26/2014

Schag Co-Authors “Legal Guide for Military Families” - 02/13/2014

Heyl Royster Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers List - 01/11/2013

Mike Schag is Presenter on the Damages Case in Asbestos Litigation - 10/26/2012

Mike Schag Speaks on State and Local Government Law Issues - 06/25/2012

Heyl Royster Partner Lt. Col. Mike Schag Receives Fifth Meritorious Service Medal - 05/03/2012

Mike Schag Co-authors Book: Servicemember and Veterans Rights - 03/23/2012

Mike Schag Authors Chapter in "Military Service and the Law" - 02/23/2009


  • Air War College (Excellence Distinction), Air University, 2014
  • Air Command & Staff College, Air University, 2008
  • Squadron Officer School, Air University, 1996
  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science-Business Administration, University of Illinois, 1989 

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Michael Schag (Partner)


Situated in the Edwardsville and Chicago offices, Mike serves as the lead counsel in toxic tort litigation for both large and small defendants in the construction, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and aviation sectors. He has represented contractors, premises owners, product manufacturers, designers, engineers and distributors. Mike is the practice group chair for Government Contracts Law and for Military Law. He also represents parties in general products liability, commercial contracts, insurance, election law, regulatory compliance and environmental law. Mike is an Assistant State's Attorney for Madison County, Illinois for the purpose of handling the defense of civil actions against governmental entities. 

Mike is a career Air Force Reserve officer holding the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is a Judge Advocate and serves on a headquarters legal staff in Air Mobility Command. For over a decade, he has been a key player in developing the Air Force's innovative trial advocacy instructional programs as a program leader and instructor. He is considered a master advocate having tried dozens of jury and bench trials as a criminal prosecutor and in appointed positions as Area Defense Counsel and Circuit Defense Counsel. Mike also has presided over dozens of pre-trial and administrative hearings. He was qualified by formal training as a designated advocate for death penalty litigation. His cases have entailed such alleged crimes as murder, rape, money laundering, kidnapping, battery, various forms of sexual assault and child pornography, stalking, drug distribution and possession, fraud/waste and abuse, false statements, alcohol offenses, attempts and conspiracy, just to name a few. Mike also served for many years in the post-9/11 era as designated Missing Persons Counsel and as an evidence consultant for trials having international and operational dimensions.

As an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for ten years, Mike taught over 25 graduate and undergraduate level courses in insurance, environmental, labor, employment, business, and aviation law. During law school, he was a Merit Scholar and the Executive Articles Editor of the Law Review.

Significant Cases

  • Ridenour v. Kaiser-Hill Co. 397 F.3d 925 (10th Cir. 2005) Successful defense of government contractor in False Claims Act appeal averting revelation of classified information and adopting the Sequoia standard of review.


  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, John Marshall Law School (2014) - View Here
  • "Legal Guide for Military Families," co-author, The American Bar Association (2013)
  • "Servicemember and Veterans Rights," co-author, Matthew Bender (2011)
  • "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," chapter in Military Service and the Law, co-author, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009) - Download Article
  • "Finding Your Way Around the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," Illinois Bar Journal (2007)
  • "The Dynamics of State and Local Protest Litigation," Contract Mgmt (2006)
  • "10 Principles for Receiving High-Quality Legal Services," Contract Mgmt (2005)
  • "The Consequences of Mutually Mistaken Facts in Contracting," Contract Mgmt (2005)
  • "Developing Basic Trial Skills," The Civil Litigator (2004)
  • "The Use and Misuse of Contingent Fees in Government Contracting," Contract Mgmt (2003)
  • "The Federal Mentor-Protege Program," Contract Mgmt (2003)
  • "Commercial Contract Liability," Contract Mgmt (2002)
  • "The Legal Environment of Insurance Malpractice," Arizona Agent (1996)
  • "The Case for Expanded Illinois Insurance Producer Duties," Northern Illinois University Law Review (1996)

Public Speaking

  • “Local Government Law”
    Collinsville 2015
  • “Representing Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2014
  • “Risk Assessment: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)”
    Illinois Association of County Engineers 100th Annual Spring Meeting 2014
  • “Asbestos Damages and the Economics Expert”
    Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference 2012
  • “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know”
    Fairview Heights 2012
  • “Issues of Justice and Dignity in the Law”
    John Marshall University Law School 2011
  • “Air Force TRIALS Program”
    Interviewed on Armed Forces Network Television 2010
  • “Mortgage Foreclosures: The Meltdown Continues”
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2010
  • “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”
    Southern Illinois University 2009
  • “Business Implications of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”
    Illinois State Bar Association 2006-2008
  • “Contract Protest Litigation”
    World Congress 2005
  • “Legal Perspectives in Government Contracting”
    University of Missouri-St. Louis 2005

Professional Recognition

  • Selected several times as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the areas of Toxic Torts Defense Law, Products Liability Defense Law, Military Law, and Professional Malpractice Defense. Less than five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Some military awards and decorations include the 18th Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year Award; six Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals; six Outstanding Unit Awards; the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award; two National Defense Service Medals; the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Air Force Reserve Medal with Device.   

Professional Associations

  • National Contract Management Association (Board of Directors 2003-2004)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Public Contracts Sections
  • Illinois State Bar Association 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois,  Colorado, and Missouri
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Armed Forces
  • United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States District, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado