Heyl Royster

Steven Getty

Rockford, IL

Joined Firm in 2021

Steve is an experienced trial attorney with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to handle the unpredictable nature of litigation.

  • Former Assistant State’s Attorney
  • Extensive first and second-chair experience
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Steven Getty

Attorney in Rockford, IL

Steve began his practice in 2011 as an Assistant State’s Attorney and gained substantial litigation experience. During this time, he handled all aspects of criminal prosecution from investigations charging, pretrial motions, trials, and sentencing. Steve has extensive trial skills as both first and second chair, giving him the knowledge and ability to effectively present and argue evidentiary and factual issues before judges and juries.

This background gave Steve the unparalleled ability to dissect and analyze legal and factual issues and effectively represent client interests when he joined Heyl Royster. Steve concentrates his practice on the defense of employers in Workers’ Compensation claims and defends physicians, hospitals, and extended providers in professional liability and medical malpractice claims. He also assists in defending nursing home and long-term care facility claims and other general civil litigation.

Steve received his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University in 2008.



J.D., Thomas Cooley Law School

B.A., Western Illinois University, Political Science

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

State Courts of Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

Community Involvement

RAMP, Financial Committee



“Solar Projects and Local Government,” Township of Illinois Webinar (2024)

“Exercise More: Running for (Re)Election?,” Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar (2016)

“Safety Audits – Compliance with OSHA and other safety standards – ‘Do they apply to my business?,’” Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation” Seminar, Rockford (2016)


The ‘Loss of Occupation’ Theory: Effective Defense Strategies,” Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2024)

No Discovery, No Problem: How To Provide An Effective Defense To Disputed Claims,” Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2022)

Wage Differentials and the Challenge to Find Suitable Employment,” Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2017)

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