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Heyl Royster

 

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Andrew Keyt (Partner)

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Andy is the Chair of the firm’s Governmental Practice. He represents and counsels public bodies and private entities in relation to governmental zoning and land use. While his practice is focused on land use and zoning, he also advises public bodies in all arenas such as litigation, risk management, contracting and procurement, employment, corporate governance, and sunshine laws. Andy is a participating author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) publications, including the Introduction to the Open Meetings Act chapter in the “Illinois Sunshine Laws” publication and the Contracts chapter in “Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation and Home Rule.” In addition, Andy has authored numerous articles related to the representation of governmental entities, and he is a frequent speaker on an array of government-related issues at conferences, in-house seminars, and other events focused on public entities.

Andy also represents numerous private-sector clients in litigation throughout the state of Illinois. He has handled numerous trials, mediations, and arbitrations. His litigation clients include public bodies, renewable energy companies, equipment manufacturers, premises owners, miners, and contractors. He handles cases throughout Illinois, in state and federal courts, and in multi-district litigation. In addition to his duties to the firm, he serves on the Peoria County Zoning Board of Appeals, and previously served on the University of Illinois Extension Peoria County Advisory Council.

Significant Cases

  • Livingston County, IL – Representation of public body in suit brought by wind energy developer. Summary Judgment granted in favor of public body.
  • Woodford County, IL – Representation of solar energy developer in action against County. Summary Judgment granted in favor of developer.
  • Woodford County, Illinois – Defense of farmer sued for breach of contract by seed-corn company. Defense verdict after jury trial.
  • Peoria County, Illinois – Defended a manufacturing client in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by the client's former advertising agency, which was ultimately resolved through mediation.
  • McLean County, Illinois – Prosecuted a subrogation claim against truck maintenance provider on theory of negligent maintenance of brakes.

Transactions

  • Administrative Adjudication Hearing Officer for Municipal Ordinance Violations

Publications

  • "Cemetery Maintenance Districts," chapter in Special Districts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009, 2014, 2019)
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois Sunshine Laws, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • "The Attorney-Client Relationship," chapter in Illinois Civil Practice: Opening the Case, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009, 2015)
  • "Contracts" chapter in Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation and Home Rule, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2012, 2015)
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2011, 2013)
  • "The Freedom of Information Act: Change is Here," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Illinois Tort Immunity Act Part 2," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Good Samaritans in California May Think Twice Before Rendering Aid to the Injured: Could the Same Happen in Illinois?" Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
  • "Legislative Update," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
  • "The Tort Immunity Act," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
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Public Speaking

  • “Freedom of Information Act & Open Meetings Act”
    Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference 2019
  • “Freedom of Information Act & Open Meetings Act”
    IACO & IACBM Newly Elected Officials Seminar 2019
  • “Complying With the Illinois Open Meetings Act”
    IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2019
  • “Illinois Prevailing Wage Act: Avoiding the Pitfalls”
    IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2019
  • “Sexual Harassment Prevention and Tips”
    IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2019
  • “Staying Out of Litigation: When to Require Liability Waivers”
    IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference 2019
  • “Case Law Update”
    Heyl Royster’s Annual Governmental Holiday Seminar 2018
  • “The Legal Aspects of Solar Zoning”
    IACBM Solar Engery Seminar 2018
  • “The Prevailing Wage Act: Staying Compliant and Dealing with Contractors”
    Illinois Municipal League 2018
  • “Litigation in the Context of OMA and FOIA”
    Heyl Royster’s 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
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Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.

Professional Associations

  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Abraham Lincoln Court

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois 

Community Involvement

  • St. Jude volunteer at Brimfield Pork Chop Dinner for almost 20 years