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Heyl Royster

 

Attorneys

Andrew Keyt (Partner)

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Andy is Chair of the firm’s Governmental Practice. He advises public bodies in all areas such as litigation, risk management, contracting and procurement, employment, corporate governance, and sunshine laws. He also focuses on the representation of public and private bodies in land use and zoning procedure and litigation. Andy is a participating author for 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 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

  • “COVID-19 Employment Issues”
    Illinois Association of County Board Members 2020
  • “Zoning Under the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act”
    Illinois Association of County Zoning Officials 2019
  • “Legal Update”
    IPARKS Regional Educational Workshop 2019
  • “Cyber Liability For Park Districts: How To Build Your Defenses For A Cyber Attack”
    IPARKS Regional Educational Workshop 2019
  • “Legal Issues and Tips”
    Illinois Association County Engineers 2019
  • “Freedom of Information Act”
    IPARKS Regional Educational Workshop 2019
  • “Cyber Liability In The Public Sector”
    IPARKS Regional Education Workshop 2019
  • “Contracts and Bidding 101”
    Township Officials of Illinois 2019
  • “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
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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 District of Illinois 
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 

Community Involvement

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