Heyl Royster


Paralegals play an important role in Heyl Royster's ability to provide high-quality legal services cost-effectively. They are integrated into case teams, have a high degree of subject matter expertise, and interface with many of our clients on a day-to-day basis.


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Theresa Peverly

Paralegal Manager & E-Discovery Coordinator
  • Veteran paralegal with nearly three decades of experience
  • B.S., Illinois State University, Speech Communications, summa cum laude, with Honors
  • Passion for guiding case teams through e-discovery and complex civil litigation

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Lanette Anzalone

  • Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies
  • More than two decades of paralegal experience
  • B.S., Missouri State University, Marketing
  • Rewarding retail management background

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Alyssa Boulanger

  • B.S., Southern Illinois University, Paralegal Studies & English, Pre-Professional Specialization, summa cum laude
  • Music enthusiast & former Marching Saluki
  • Based in the firm's Edwardsville office

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Dawn Clark

  • 20-year career in insurance defense litigation
  • Supports case teams through the life cycle of a case, including trial or settlement
  • Assists in Discovery, Medical Evaluation, and Expert Retention

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Jacob Detrempe

  • Vast experience in record collection and review
  • Adept at e-discovery and forensic collection of electronic evidence
  • Joined the firm in 2004

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Kathy Filarski, RN, BSN

Nurse Analyst
  • Accomplished and extensive nursing career
  • B.S.N., Governors University
  • Based in the firm's Peoria office

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Brian Gillette

  • Over a decade of paralegal experience
  • B.S., UW-Whitewater, Psychology
  • Rockford native and travel enthusiast

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Sherri Harding

  • Extensive experience in collecting and analyzing medical records
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of Illinois and Missouri court systems
  • Successful insurance defense career

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Suzanne Hoerr, RN, BSN

Nurse Analyst
  • Notable nursing career spanning more than two decades
  • Focus on medical malpractice matters 
  • B.S.N., Lewis University
  • Penchant for medical research and causation

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Stephanie Ishmael

  • Dynamic paralegal with a decade of litigation experience
  • American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate
  • Based in the firm's Peoria office

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Lisa Jeter

  • Extensive experience in the legal industry 
  • 20+ years of focus on asbestos litigation
  • Assisted in the firm's expansion to the Chicago market
  • Affinity for witness investigation via social media

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Mary Ann McPherson

  • Significant paralegal career spanning over 20 years
  • Special interest in medical record review
  • Raised in a military family with both parents serving in WWII

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Kelli Pence

  • Dedicated paralegal career with more than 25 years of practice
  • A.A.S., Belleville Area College, Paralegal
  • Based in the firm's Edwardsville office

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Brittany Perez

  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh, Administrative Justice and Legal Studies
  • Forensic Investigation intern
  • Parkland College Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductee

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Karen Powell

  • Seasoned legal professional with more than 35 years of paralegal experience 
  • Focused on insurance defense with a passion for medical malpractice and civil rights litigation
  • Assisted in cross-over, implementation, and training of firm technology platforms

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Vanessa Powell

  • Veteran civil litigation paralegal with more than three decades of experience
  • Outdoor enthusiast and nature lover
  • Experienced small business owner and certified tanning consultant

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Andrea Reed

  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • A.A., Lewis and Clark Community College, Paralegal Studies
  • Affinity for background and social media investigation

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Diane Sallis

  • 15+ years of paralegal experience in Workers' Compensation
  • B.S., Judson University, Criminal Justice
  • A.A., Rockford Business College, Paralegal Studies
  • Inducted into Lamdal Epsilon Chi (LEX) National Honor Society of Paralegal Studies Class of 2007

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Vicki Schumacher

  • Veteran paralegal with more than four decades of experience
  • A.A., Southern Illinois University
  • Healthcare Risk Management Certificate

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Lacey Sheppard

  • 15+ years of experience in asbestos litigation
  • Special interest in witness investigation
  • Small business owner

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Melissa Summers

  • A.A.S., Paralegal Certification
  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate

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Brian Tuck

  • United States Army Veteran
  • B.A., Western Illinois University, Broadcasting
  • Illinois Central College, Paralegal Certificate
  • Extensive experience in railroad and healthcare litigation

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Kelly VanLandeghem

  • Over a decade of paralegal experience in several areas of law
  • J.D., Michigan State University
  • Focused on transactional law with a passion for real estate and corporations

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Sarah Welch

  • Over a decade of paralegal civil litigation experience
  • B.S., Paralegal Studies
  • Facilitates discovery, medical evaluation, and expert retention

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Carly West

  • B.A., Truman State University
  • M.A., University of Missouri St. Louis
  • Based in the firm’s Edwardsville office


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Michele Wolfer

  • Proudly works as a paralegal for more than 27 years
  • Specializes in Workers' Compensation case value assessments
  • Trial and appellate experience

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Emily Wright

  • Experienced paralegal focused on workers' compensation and insurance defense
  • A.S., Illinois Central College, Business
  • Paralegal Certificate, Illinois Central College

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