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Brett Mares (Associate)

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Brett’s practice focuses on commercial and insurance litigation, emphasizing contractual disputes and representation of trucking companies. In this capacity, he has represented a wide range of entities, from local family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations. In addition to trucking litigation, Brett has also worked with large trucking companies to standardize their contractual agreements and more effectively protect their interests. Doing so brings order to the process of hiring owner/operators, leasing equipment, and expanding fleet capabilities. Brett writes and speaks on topics of concern to business owners, including commercial contracts, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and employment agreements. His experience in the courtroom has enabled him to help clients avoid litigation and instead concentrate on growing their businesses.

Brett joined Heyl Royster shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2011, where his studies focused on litigation. There, he earned an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship and joined the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality.

Publications

  • "Consideration and Non-Compete Agreements: The State of the Law in Illinois," International Association of Defense Counsel Business Litigation Committee Newsletter (2017) - Download Article
  • "Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill," New York University Environmental Law Journal (2013) - Download Article
  • "The Cemetery Oversight Act: What You Need to Know at the Local Level," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2013) - Download Article
  • "Update: Medical Malpractice Caps," American College of Legal Medicine Q&A (2012)
  • "Update: Learned Intermediary Doctrine," American College of Legal Medicine Q&A (2012)
  • "Question: What Are the Results of Pharmacological Errors and How Do They Improve with the Use of Technology?," American College of Legal Medicine Q&A (2011)
  • "A Chip Off the Old Block: Familial DNA Searches and the African American Community," Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality (2011)

Public Speaking

  • “Contracts, Invoices, and Letters - Make Sure Your Documents Contain State of the Art Disclaimers and Other Smart Provisions”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation” Seminar, Rockford 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2018). Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction.

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Northwestern University School of Law's Center on Wrongful Convictions Justice Council
  • Chicago Bar Association 
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Missouri
  • State Courts of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Community Involvement

  • Founder - Disaster Relief Volunteer Services