Heyl Royster

James Rooney

Peoria, IL

Joined Firm in 2021

It is often repeated that “luck favors the prepared” and “fortune favors the bold.” Pushing for the best outcome for his clients, Jim delivers fierce tenacity in advocacy and precision in fact analysis.

  • Interned at the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Worked as a University of Illinois Resident Advisor at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center
  • Served two years as a member of the Illinois Business Council
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James Rooney

Attorney in Peoria, IL

An Associate out of the Peoria office, Jim focuses his practice on defending clients in civil litigation across various practice areas. Jim sharpens his legal instincts through his practice in various areas of litigation and transactional law. While there are numerous enjoyable aspects to practicing law, Jim most enjoys being in the courtroom, arguing on behalf of his clients.

Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2021. Between his first and second years of law school, Jim worked as a law clerk for a Peoria lawfirm, primarily dealing with plaintiffs’ litigation. Jim interned at the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office between his second and third years of law school. During his third year of law school, he worked for a law firm in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was exposed to litigation and transactional matters.

Before attending law school, Jim graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he pursued a political science major and a business minor. While at the University of Illinois, Jim worked as a resident advisor at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center dormitory for three years and was a member of the Illinois Business Council for two years.



J.D., University of Tennessee School of Law

B.A., University of Illinois, Political Science

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

Community Involvement

St. Jude Catholic Church -- Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Teacher


  • NM v. AP, Tazewell County - Successful motion practice at the final pre-trial caused the Plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss their Tazewell County case with prejudice two weeks before trial. Dave Perkins and James Rooney filed a motion in limine to bar any evidence of the defendant's intoxication and the defendant's subsequent guilty plea to the offense of DUI. The court agreed that plaintiffs could not produce any evidence that the defendant caused or contributed to the rollover automobile accident. The absence of any evidence to prove that the defendant was negligent would have impermissibly allowed the jury to speculate that the defendant somehow caused the accident. The court further agreed that evidence of the defendant's intoxication was more prejudicial than probative in this instance.
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