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Heyl Royster



Barry Noeltner (Partner)


Barry's practice is focused on the defense of personal injury, construction, nursing home claims, and professional liability litigation. His personal injury experience includes defending product liability claims, workplace injury and exposure claims, and transportation injury claims. In the area of construction law, Barry has defended a wide range of claims from construction site injuries to defective construction claims – ranging from single story to high-rise residential and commercial structures, including related claims for erosion, siltation and other environmental impacts. Many of these claims exposed the developers, contractors and trades to potential seven- and eight-figure judgments. In the area of professional liability, Barry has represented medical and legal providers, insurance agents, and brokers. 

Barry was one of the original three lawyers in the firm's Edwardsville office, having begun with Heyl Royster's Urbana office in 1985, and he returned to Heyl Royster in 2012, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the Edwardsville office. He became a partner in 2016. From 1989 to 2012, Barry practiced in Atlanta, GA, first as an associate and then a partner with Hawkins & Parnell, and then with his own firm until 2012. He has taken numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts and has handled appellate matters in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Georgia, including the federal district and appellate courts in those states, and has arbitrated construction cases with the American Arbitration Association. He is also a trained mediator.

Barry has been ranked an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 1995. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Georgia, a distinction that is reserved for the top 100 trial lawyers of a given state, and the firm's representative in the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois.


  • "Meeting the Prima Facie Case in Title VII Retaliatory Discharge Claims," Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal (1998)
  • "Coverage Issues in Claims for Sexual Harassment," Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal (1995) 

Public Speaking

  • “Key Substantive and Procedural Errors, and Client Communication Errors”
    Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice Seminar 2016
  • “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Coverage”
    The Insurance Jungle: Navigating Your Way to Successful Results Seminar 2015
  • “Mapping the Uninsured and Underinsured Wilderness – Liability Coverage for Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, St. Louis, Missouri 2015

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Georgia (peer review)
  • Ten Leaders – Greater Atlanta Personal Injury Law (nominated and selected)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (qualification)
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2018-2021). 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.
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Madison County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh & Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Truancy Intervention Project – Volunteer representation of minors and families in Juvenile Court matters
  • Involvement with various organizations: Buckhead Baseball, NYO, Northside UMC, Glenn Memorial UMC, Haygood UMC, Atlanta Area Roller Hockey Organization, Georgia High School Roller Hockey Association, Woodward War Eagles Hockey, GHSA Community Coach with Woodwad Academy Baseball Program