Heyl Royster

Not-for-Profit Organizations and Religious & Clergy

Offering expert advice and action when necessary to preserve your organization's reputation.

Not-for-profit and religious organizations face increased challenges due to the vast number of laws and regulations governing their operations. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, Heyl Royster provides expert advice recognizing the importance of preserving your organization's reputation with the community and its donors. Our attorneys develop defense strategies that emphasize resolution efficiently and cost-effectively.

We defend civil litigation cases before administrative agencies as well as in state and federal courts, handling all aspects of the case. Additionally, we offer employment policies and procedures preparation and review, and training for boards, management, and staff.



  • Administrative agency processes and procedures
  • Board of Director governance
  • Donor relations
  • Employment issues
  • Entity formation, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Conflict of Interest policy
  • Intellectual Property
  • IRS and State 501c3 approval and ongoing compliance
  • Litigation
  • Real estate tax exemptions
  • Real estate transactions



The attorneys at Heyl Royster provide world-class and cost-effective legal services for clients involved in not-for-profit organizations and religious and clergy matters. With a proven success record in donor relations, mergers, employment, and litigation disputes, our clients can rest assured that their not-for-profit organization and religious and clergy needs will be given the proper and thorough legal representation that they deserve at Heyl Royster.

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John Doe, et al. v. Catholic Diocese of Peoria (2008) –Trial court dismissed six abuse lawsuits with prejudice based on the statute of limitations. 

John Doe, et al. v. Catholic Diocese of Peoria (2008) – Trial court dismissed ten clergy sex abuse lawsuits with prejudice based on the statute of repose grounds.

West v. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Rule 23 Order (3d Dist. 2010) – Affirmed the trial court decision granting summary judgment on First Amendment grounds to minister and religious entities in a defamation action.

Pichon v. Resurrection Cemetery Association, et al., Circuit Court, Illinois  The trial court denied the plaintiff's Petition for Class Action Certification arising out of alleged negligent and intentional trespass to the gravesite. Interlocutory appeal denied. We represented the defendant.

Bush v. Catholic Diocese of Peoria, 351 Ill. App. 3d 588, 814 N.E.2d 135 (3d Dist. 2004) – Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's determination that Diocese's proposed protective order was appropriate. The protective order barred the plaintiff from disseminating information disclosed in discovery; Appellate Court held that parties have no First Amendment free speech right to divulge information told in discovery to others.

Bogner v. Villiger, 343 Ill. App. 3d 264, 796 N.E.2d 679 (3d Dist. 2003) – Appellate Court affirmed granting a preliminary injunction prohibiting defendants from operating an irrigation system through a cemetery.

May v. Myers, 254 Ill. App. 3d 210, 626 N.E.2d 725 (3d Dist. 1993) – Statements of the chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese in canonical decree imposing censure on diocesan priests are not defamatory per se.

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