Heyl Royster

William Kearney

Rockford, IL

Joined Firm in 2023

Bill Kearney approaches every case with drive, tenacity, respect, and dedication to the law.

  • J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude
  • United States Army, honorable discharge
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William Kearney

Attorney in Rockford, IL

Bill Kearney joined the firm's Rockford office as an associate attorney after graduating magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2023. He will focus his practice on medical malpractice, long-term care and nursing home defense, casualty/tort, and governmental litigation.

Before attending law school, Bill served as a combat soldier for nearly five years with the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, deploying to Iraq from August 2008-2009. After leaving the military, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business and an Associate Degree in Leadership Studies in 2016 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, graduating cum laude.

While in law school, he was a Summer Associate with Heyl Royster Peoria in 2022 and practiced as a licensed 711 with the Civil Justice Clinic in the Fall of 2022, a branch of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic located in Rockford, Illinois.

In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working out, and keeping up with his favorite professional sports teams.



J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude

B.S., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, International Business, cum laude

A.S., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Leadership Studies, cum laude

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

Illinois State Bar Association

Winnebago County Bar Association

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