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25 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers

01/31/2013

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that 16 of our partners have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers, and nine of our lawyers have been selected as 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars. This year's publication also includes a section called "Word for Word," in which partner Craig Unrath answers the question "What's the best advice you've ever received?" In short, Unrath says, "Keep it short."

Heyl Royster attorneys were ranked as Super Lawyers in 13 practice areas.  In many instances, attorneys in the firm were the only lawyers listed in a particular category from their city. For example: under Appellate, Brad Elward and Craig Unrath were the only Peoria attorneys listed; under Labor & Employment, Kevin Luther was the only Rockford attorney listed; under Insurance Coverage, Gary Nelson was the only Peoria attorney listed; under Personal Injury Defense: General, Renee Monfort was the only Urbana attorney listed; under Professional Liability: Defense, Richard Hunsaker was the only Edwardsville attorney listed; under Transportation/Maritime, Stephen Heine was the only Peoria attorney listed; and under Workers' Compensation, Bruce Bonds was the only Urbana attorney listed.

A full listing of the 25 Heyl Royster 2013 Super Lawyers is as follows:

Sixteen partners in the following offices were selected as 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers:

Edwardsville:
Richard Hunsaker, Professional Liability: Defense
Kent Plotner, Personal Injury Defense: Products

Peoria:
Nicholas Bertschy, Personal Injury Defense: General
Timothy Bertschy, Business Litigation
Brad Elward, Appellate
Joseph Feehan, Personal Injury Defense: General
Stephen Heine, Transportation/Maritime
Rex Linder, Civil Litigation Defense
Gary Nelson, Insurance Coverage
David Perkins, Civil Litigation Defense
David Sinn, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Craig Unrath, Appellate

Rockford:
Kevin Luther, Employment & Labor
Douglas Pomatto, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

Urbana:
Bruce Bonds, Workers' Compensation
Renee Monfort, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

In the Rising Star category: under Civil Litigation Defense, Brian Smith was the only Urbana attorney listed; under Government/Cities/Municipalities, John Redlingshafer was the only Peoria attorney listed; under Insurance Coverage, Patrick Cloud was the only Edwardsville attorney listed; under Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Jana Brady and Michael Denning were the only Rockford attorneys listed; under Professional Liability: Defense, Matthew Thompson was the only Peoria attorney listed; under Workers' Compensation, Brad Atonacci was the only Rockford attorney listed, and Joseph Guyette was the only Urbana attorney listed.

Nine Heyl Royster "top up-and-coming attorneys in the state" were selected as 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

Chicago:
Maura Yusof, General Litigation

Edwardsville:
Patrick Cloud, Insurance Coverage

Peoria:
John Redlingshafer, Government/Cities/Municipalities
Matthew Thompson, Professional Liability: Defense

Rockford:
Brad Antonacci, Workers' Compensation
Jana Brady, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Michael Denning, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

Urbana:
Joseph Guyette, Workers' Compensation
Brian Smith, Civil Litigation Defense

Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state, and the Rising Stars list represents no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state from the pool of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters publication.