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Theresa is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Springfield office. She focuses her practice on defending claims filed in federal court. These claims primarily involve federal civil rights litigation filed against state actors such as law enforcement officers and clinical providers who provide a variety of services to confined persons in the state of Illinois. Theresa also handles state law claims removed to federal court via diversity jurisdiction.
Theresa also has experience defending employment law claims involving age, gender and race discrimination. She successfully defended a sex discrimination claim filed by a female physician against an area hospital after defeating a preliminary injunction. Her experience also involves handling retaliation and interference claims under FMLA as well as workers compensation based retaliation claims. Her employment law litigation clients include hospitals, public school districts and nationally known corporations.
Although her practice is currently primarily in federal court, Theresa has defended, and continues to defend, Illinois state law casualty claims – including premises, personal injury, and products liability claims, as well as medical malpractice claims.
Theresa has extensive litigation and trial experience in these matters. She has tried more than 30 cases with most resulting in verdicts for her clients or in verdicts for the plaintiff well below the amounts offered prior to trial. Theresa has presented to attorneys and law enforcement regarding various litigation issues relating to her practice.Theresa has been with Heyl Royster since 1998 and became managing partner of the Springfield office in 2015.