Heyl Royster

Craig Young


Our esteemed colleague, Craig Young, retired effective December 31, 2023. Craig 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 Craig'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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Craig Young


Beginning at Heyl Royster as a law clerk in 1983 while still in law school, Craig has devoted his professional and legal career to the firm. Craig became actively involved in many of the firm’s litigated practices and was fortunate to get early trial and courtroom experience after becoming licensed in 1985. In addition to multiple State Court verdicts, Craig became one of the state’s most prolific trial attorneys in the workers’ compensation arena, trying in excess of 100 cases to a final decision before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, along with management of cases at the review and appellate levels. 

In addition to his experience in litigated cases, Craig’s career has focused heavily on counseling clients regarding managing their overall liability risk. Through seminars and presentations to local and national industry groups, in-house training sessions, and regular claims review analysis, Craig is known for looking beyond the individual case to reduce and control a business’s overall liability expense. This comprehensive approach to a client’s legal needs is a concept Craig has promoted across all practice areas during his tenure as the Firm’s Managing Partner.

In addition to Craig’s legal service to the firm’s clients, he has played an active role in the firm’s management and growth. He is most proud of his contributions to the firm’s practice group structure, particularly his work with other firm leaders in developing and growing the firm’s nationally recognized Workers’ Compensation Practice. The further development of the practice group structure, focusing on the firm’s client base, became a primary focus upon Craig’s election to the Firm’s Managing Partner position. 

In his retirement, Craig looks forward to focusing on his family and numerous professional, charitable, and civic activities. Through the years, he has held leadership positions in many organizations and takes the responsibility of giving back seriously. In addition, he and his family share a lifelong passion for golf, and he looks forward to spending more time pursuing that passion.  

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