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Heyl Royster



Kevin Luther (Office Managing Partner/Shareholder)


Kevin concentrates his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, employment and labor law, and employer liability. He supervises the Workers' Compensation and Employment & Labor Practices in the firm's Rockford and Chicago offices. He is a past chair of the firm's statewide Workers' Compensation Practice.

Kevin has represented numerous employers before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and has arbitrated hundreds of workers' compensation claims in many Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission venues. He has also tried numerous liability cases to jury verdict.

In the area of labor law, Kevin has represented employers in collective bargaining agreement negotiation and preparation, union grievances and arbitrations, and NLRB proceedings.

Kevin has authored a law review article on Illinois employment law and he is a co-author of  "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law, 2018-2019," published by Thomson Reuters. The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of workers' compensation law in Illinois. Kevin also frequently speaks to industry and legal professional groups.

Kevin has spent his entire legal career at Heyl Royster, beginning in 1984 in the Peoria office. He has practiced in the Rockford office since it opened in 1985. He is a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association in its Workers' Compensation and Trial sections. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and has actively participated in sections relevant to his practice areas. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, formerly on the Board of Directors.

Significant Cases

  • Arlene Bernardoni v. Huntsman Chemical Corp. Applied Frye principle to Illinois workers' compensation in the defense of an occupational disease/exposure claim. 
  • Richard Urbanski v. Deichmueller Construction Co. Defined jurisdictional issue in workers' compensation review.


  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law," 2018-2019 (Vol. 27, Illinois Practice Series), updated and published by Thomson Reuters (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)
  • "Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2010) - Download Article
  • "Economic Disability and Earning Capacity: A Historical Analysis for Wage Differential Claims," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2006) - Download Article
  • "The Normal Daily Activity Exception to Workers' Compensation Claims," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2004) - Download Article
  • "The Age Discrimination in Employment Act: A Seventh Circuit Perspective," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (1998) - Download Article
  • "The Impact of Federal Legislation on the Employer/Employee Relationship in Illinois," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (1996) - Download Article
  • "An Overview of Repetitive Trauma Claims," Illinois Bar Journal (1992)

Public Speaking

  • “Human Resources Workshop”
    Rockford Area Society for Human Resource Management 2018
  • “Causation in Workers’ Compensation Claims”
    SEAK National Workers’ Compensation & Occupational Medicine Conference 2018
  • “Accident Caused by Risks Resulting from Everyday Activities: Moving Toward a New Standard? A Panel Discussion”
    Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update”
    Winnebago County Bar Association 2018
  • “Anti-Violence Training”
    Keith Country Day School 2018
  • “Workers’ Compensation Issues and Handling for Management”
    Supervisor Training 2018
  • “Human Resources Workshop”
    Rockford Area Society for Human Resource Management 2017
  • “Workers’ Compensation Issues and Handling for Management”
    City of Rockford 2017
  • “X’s and O’s: Practice Pointer Forum”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “The Final Rule: 2016 Update to the FLSA”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
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Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.  Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2013-2015). The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees of Keith Country Day School (2014-2017)