Heyl Royster

Kevin Luther

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Employment & Labor

Office Locations:

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.853.8700

Rockford, IL

Phone: 815.963.4454

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News

13 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2021 - 02/12/2021

67 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2020 Leading Lawyers List - 07/30/2020

DOL Issues New FFCRA Regulations - 03/31/2020

The Illinois Executive “Stay at Home” Order and Its Impact on Employers - 03/24/2020

Employer Guidelines for Today's Workplace & the Coronavirus/COVID-19 - 03/20/2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - 03/19/2020

14 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2020 - 02/29/2020

64 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2019 Leading Lawyers’ List - 06/28/2019

Bonds and Luther Publish Updated Volume on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 08/22/2018

79 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 05/31/2018

Bonds and Luther Publish Updated Volume on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 09/01/2017

60 Heyl Royster Attorneys on Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 06/29/2017

Luther Inducted into The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers - 03/24/2017

Bonds and Luther Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 09/09/2016

Appellate Court Finds Section 8.1b AMA Impairment Rating Report Not Mandatory - 07/01/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

27 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/20/2015

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/21/2014

Bonds and Luther Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 10/18/2013

Attorneys Publish Book on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law - 02/08/2013

25 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 01/31/2013

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Washington University School of Law, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts-Economics and Mathematics (summa cum laude), Blackburn University, 1981

Year Joined Firm

1984

 

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Kevin Luther (Office Managing Partner/Shareholder)

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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, NLRB proceedings, and OSHA investigations.

Kevin has authored a law review article on Illinois employment law and he is a co-author of  "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law, 2020-2021," 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.

Publications

  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law," 2020-2021 (Vol. 27, Illinois Practice Series), beginning in 2009 and updated and published annually by Thomson Reuters since 2013.
  • "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

  • “2020 Case Law Update”
    Winnebago County Bar Association
  • “Post COVID-19 Medical Issues: Telemedicine, IME's, FCE's; How Do We Cope With The New Normal?”
    Heyl Royster WC Webinar Series 2020
  • “Human Resources Workshop”
    Rockford Area Society for Human Resource Management (2018 & 2019)
  • “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
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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 (2020-2021). 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)