Heyl Royster

J. Tyler Robinson

Springfield, IL

Joined Firm in 2012

Tyler’s unwavering commitment and creative efforts have saved his clients millions of dollars in nationwide lawsuits.

  • Chair of the firm’s Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Practice Group
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys’ Symposium Committee member
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J. Tyler Robinson

Attorney in Springfield, IL

Tyler brings a creative and unique approach to his defense of hospitals, physicians, physician groups, and long-term care facilities throughout the state. As an accomplished medical malpractice defense attorney and Chair of the firm’s Qui Tam Practice, he offers a broad range of experience across several areas of practice. With a particularly unique approach to damages, Tyler manages catastrophic damage cases throughout Illinois and across the country and routinely counsels clients and counsel on how to successfully attack life care plans and substantially reduce past and future economic damages. Over the years, his unwavering commitment and creative efforts have saved his clients millions of dollars in nationwide lawsuits.

Tyler credits his success in catastrophic damage cases to his experience defending complex healthcare statutory and regulatory matters. Specifically, he has profound experience defending healthcare clients in statutory and regulatory matters, including claims invoking civil monetary penalty laws, Stark Law, and Anti-Kickback Statute. Tyler has worked closely with federal and state government agencies across the country, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Office of Inspector General. Tyler’s experience in this area includes the defense and prevention of qui tam actions filed pursuant to the Illinois and Federal False Claims Acts.

Through these efforts, Tyler has earned the respect of his peers. He has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars and Emerging Lawyers lists and routinely presents and publishes around the country on various issues pertinent to his practice.




J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law

B.S., Southern Illinois University, Political Science

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

Fraud and Abuse Practice Group

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Management & Professional Liability Community Member

Medical & Healthcare (Medical Malpractice) Committee

Defense Research Institute

Health Care Compliance Association

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Symposium Committee Member

Illinois Defense Counsel

Trucking & Transportation Law Committee Chair

Illinois State Bar Association

Community Involvement

Youth Sports Coach, Baseball & Soccer


  • Won a motion to allow ex parte communications with non-defendant employees from his multispecialty medical group client. Tyler convinced the court that Petrillo protects a patient’s reasonable, but not unlimited, expectation of privacy. The trial court found that a medical group is not a third party with respect to its own medical information compiled by its employees. This finding is significant because Petrillo only prohibited unauthorized disclosures of medical information to third parties, which the Illinois Supreme Court has interpreted to mean “parties who otherwise would not possess the information absent the disclosure.” Because the medical group already possessed information gathered by its employees, the court found there was no unauthorized disclosure to third parties.
  • Secured a defense verdict on behalf of a hospitalist in a case involving an alleged failure to diagnose H1N1 and provide antiviral medication to the plaintiff’s decedent.
  • Secured a defense verdict on behalf of an obstetrician in a case involving an alleged brachial plexus injury from a shoulder dystocia encountered during delivery.
  • Secured a defense verdict on behalf of a gynecologist in a case involving alleged injuries and death following a laparoscopy with bipolar cauterization of fallopian tubes.
  • Secured a defense verdict on behalf of an internal medicine physician and a multi-specialty physician’s group in a case involving an alleged failure to timely diagnose a pulmonary embolism.



“The Who, What, When, and Why of Mental Health and Medical Records,” Madison County Bar Association (2020)

“Overcoming Sticker Prices: The Emergence of the Reasonable Value Approach,” IADC Professional Liability Roundtable, Medical Liability Track (2019)

“Overcoming Sticker Prices: The Emergence of the Reasonable Value Approach,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Annual Conference (2019)

“From Laptops to iPads: Why and How to Use Technology at Trial,” IICLE’s Ethics Institute: Legal Tech Seminar (2018)

“Overcoming the Sticker Price: The Reasonable Value Damage Rebuttal Theory,” Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2018)

“A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words: The Use of Technology at Trial,” Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2018)

“Get on Board! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!,” Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), Annual Conference (2017)

“Physician Lease Arrangements: New Rules,” Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), Annual Conference (2016)

“Legal Options for Specialty Physician Contracting,” Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Webinar (2016)

“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me: An Eye on the Inside of Nursing Homes,” Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar (2016)


"Nursing Home Litigation," chapter in Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2018)

How to Self-Disclose and Re-Tool Compliance at the Same Time,” Compliance Today, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association (2017)

"Timeshare Arrangements Exception to Stark Law Offers Opportunities in Rural/Underserved Communities," American Bar Association, Health Law Litigation (2016)

"What is a Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Lawsuit?" Health Law Now (2015)

"Beware the Whistleblower: Whether Congress' Omission of the Term 'Employer' from Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act Was Intended to Extend Liability to a Whistleblower's Individual Supervisors," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014)

"The Rise of the 'Reverse' False Claim and Proposed Rules from CMS on Reporting and Returning Overpayments," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2013)


  • Super Lawyer Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2017 – 2020
  • Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media℠, 2018 -2023
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