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John Flodstrom


Our esteemed colleague, John Flodstrom, retired effective December 31, 2023. John was an invaluable member of the Heyl Royster team, and we thank him for his many years of hard work and dedication to our clients. We wish him all the best for his retirement.

If you have any questions concerning John's retirement, please reach out to Tobin Taylor at ttaylor@heylroyster.com. Tobin will be able to provide you with any information you may need.

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John Flodstrom


John began his legal career with Heyl Royster in the firm's Champaign office in 1986, becoming a partner in 1996. He divides his practice between the defense of employers in cases pending before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and the representation of defendants in civil litigation in state and federal court at the trial and appellate court levels.

John has tried over 100 cases before numerous Workers' Compensation Commission Arbitrators and handled appeals at the Commission, Circuit Court, and Appellate Court levels. He has represented employers of all sizes, including utility, trucking, agri-business enterprises, and manufacturing and retail businesses at Central and Southern Illinois dockets. John frequently lectures on Workers' Compensation issues, provides in-house training to employers and insurers, and has authored several articles regarding issues faced by employers and insurers in Workers' Compensation matters.

Additionally, John has represented defendants in tort and other civil claims in Central and Southern Illinois. This work includes defending property owners in premises liability claims, the defense of manufacturers and distributors in product liability matters, and professional liability and construction litigation cases. He has also defended trucking companies, businesses, and private individuals in litigation arising from motor vehicle accidents. John has experience defending claims under the Consumer Fraud Act and has handled various commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, and trade secret claims.

In his legal tenure, John has represented individuals and entities in Civil Rights litigation in Federal Court, represented defendants in the Illinois Court of Claims, and defended the interests of employers in ancillary civil matters, including third-party claims for contribution and subrogation claims. John has also represented insurers in uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.

John graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a Bachelor's in Political Science. He attended Northern Illinois University College of Law and received a JD, cum laude, in 1986.

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