Heyl Royster

Tyler Pratt

Practice Groups:

Medical Malpractice Defense

Trucking

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense

Business and Commercial Litigation

Office Locations:

Champaign, IL

Phone: 217.344.0060

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News

Tyler Pratt Appointed Chair of IDC Trucking and Transportation Law Committee - 07/18/2022

60 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2021 Leading Lawyers List - 08/04/2021

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

Heyl Royster Attorneys Recently Author Articles in Several Publications - 12/23/2019

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

Heise and Pratt Author Articles for ABA’s Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Newsletter - 11/30/2018

Firm Wins Med Mal Jury Trial in Champaign Co. - 11/02/2018

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

Hefflefinger and Pratt Speak on 7th Circuit Victory at the NFHS Legal Meeting - 05/23/2018

7th Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment for IHSA in Reasonable Accommodation Lawsuit - 03/30/2018

Seven Heyl Royster Attorneys Author Articles for IDC Quarterly - 03/28/2018

Northern District Rules in Favor of the IHSA - 07/21/2017

Hansen and Pratt Author Article for IADC Defense Counsel Journal - 07/03/2017

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 01/20/2017

Firm Obtains Two Med Mal Defense Verdicts in One Week - 09/01/2016

Hansen and Pratt published in IADC Medical Defense newsletter - 07/16/2015

Firm Continues to Build Strength in 2012 - 12/14/2012

Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), Valparaiso University School of Law, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts-History (magna cum laude), University of St. Francis , 2007

Year Joined Firm

2012

 

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Tyler Pratt (Partner)

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Tyler is a zealous advocate who has tried many cases to verdict and enjoys the challenge of complex litigation in both state and federal courts. He handles the defense of serious personal injury cases focusing primarily upon medical malpractice and trucking litigation. He is frequently contacted immediately after a catastrophic loss to help develop the facts and case strategy with an eye toward a successful result once litigation is filed. Beyond his experience in medical malpractice and trucking, he also handles complex civil litigation arising from serious personal injury, legal malpractice, business and commercial disputes, professional liability, and estate litigation.

Tyler became a partner in 2019 after relocating to Heyl Royster’s Champaign office in 2017. Tyler initially joined Heyl Royster's Peoria office in 2012 as an associate. While in Peoria, Tyler was an active member in the Peoria County Bar Association serving on numerous committees, including the Young Lawyer’s Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee. He was also actively involved in the community where he served as a Board Member on the Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (“IPMR”) Foundation, Chairman of IPMR’s Legend at the Ballpark Committee, and was an assistant coach for the Metamora High School Varsity Baseball Team. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, he spent nearly two years in general practice with another Peoria law firm.

During law school, Tyler was a member of Valparaiso University's Law Review and worked as an intern for Federal Judge Rudolph T. Randa in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hammond, Indiana, and the City of South Bend. He also served as a teaching assistant for Valparaiso University's Legal Writing Department and a research assistant.

Prior to law school, Tyler received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of St. Francis, located in Joliet, Illinois. While attending St. Francis, he played college baseball under legendary coach Gordie Gillespie.

Significant Cases

  • A.H. v. Illinois High School Association 263 F. Supp. 3d 705 (N.D. Ill. 2017), 881 F.3d 587 (7th Cir. 2018) – A.H., a T-36 disabled student athlete, filed suit against the IHSA contending that he was discriminated against under the ADA and Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution on the basis that the IHSA did not create a separate division in the State Series with different qualifying standards for para-ambulatory runners, such as A.H. At the District Court level, the court granted summary judgment in favor of the IHSA finding that A.H.’s request went beyond the scope of “reasonable accommodations” as required by the ADA. A.H. appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and it affirmed. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that requiring the IHSA to lower its qualifying time standards would operate as a fundamental alteration of the State Track & Field competition. Furthermore, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the IHSA provided an opportunity for A.H. to participate and compete on his high school team. The IHSA was not required under the ADA to guarantee A.H. certain results. This was the first appellate decision in the country which examined the extent to which accommodations are required in high school sports for student athletes with disabilities. 
  • Administrators of the Estate v. Defendant Obstetricians and Clinic  Successfully defended a medical malpractice case that was brought against two defendant obstetricians and a medical clinic. The plaintiffs alleged that one defendant obstetrician failed to properly diagnose intrauterine growth restriction (“IUGR”) in one twin fetus and implement additional antenatal testing, while the other obstetrician failed to perform a growth ultrasound and a C-section immediately upon the mother’s presentation to labor and delivery with premature rupture of membranes. Plaintiffs contended that these deviations resulted in one of the twins being stillborn. At the end of a 10-day jury trial, obtained a directed verdict in favor of the obstetrician and obtained a jury verdict in favor of the medical clinic for the actions of the second obstetrician.
  • Burch v. Earle M. Jorgenson v. Morton Welding Circuit Court of Tazewell County, Illinois, Case No: 04 L 56 – Obtained summary judgment on the eve of trial for a welding company. Plaintiff suffered injuries during the unloading of a flat bed semi. Plaintiff had a career ending back injury, which resulted in three surgeries.  After summary judgment was entered for our client, the case settled for $2.2 million.
  • Illinois High School Association v. Illinois Attorney General US District Court Northern District Illinois, Case Nos: 12 MR 151, 12 CV 1155, 12 CV 3758 – Successfully resolved litigation on behalf of the IHSA involving the rights of student athletes with disabilities in high school athletics.  In a case of first impression, the Illinois Attorney General argued that student athletes with disabilities needed separate events and modified qualifying times to earn points for their team and have an equal opportunity to participate in high school athletics. The case was successfully resolved on behalf of the IHSA after 2.5 years of intense litigation, which focused upon the application and scope of Titles 2 and 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Likes v. GCH – Circuit Court of Knox County, Illinois - Medical malpractice action alleging failure to timely diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome. Obtained summary judgement for defendant hospital.
  • Marsh v. KCC – Circuit Court of Knox County, Illinois - Medical malpractice action alleging failure to timely diagnose and treat diabetes. Obtained summary judgement for defendant medical clinic and defendant hospital.

Publications

  • “Privileges,” chapter in Civil Trial Evidence, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2022)
  • "You Only Have How Much Insurance?! Prove It – I Need To Depose Your Insurance Broker!," Heyl Royster Trucking Newsletter (2020) - Read Article
  • “The Statute of Frauds,” chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2019)
  • “Next Batter Up: Trucking Litigants and the Impact of Electronically Stored Information,” ABA Commercial Transportation Litigation Newsletter (2018)
  • “Recent Appellate Decision Emphasizes Need for Caution in Drafting Special Interrogatories,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2018) - Download Article
  • “Follow the Audit Trail: The Impact of Metadata in Litigation,” IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • "What You Should Know About the New Illinois Limited Liability Company Act," International Association of Defense Counsel Business Litigation Committee Newsletter (2017) - Download Article
  • "The Statute of Frauds," chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • "Illinois Court Considers Physician Lawsuit Seeking Information Used by Hospital in Assessing Potential Employment," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2015) - Download Article
  • "Personal Jurisdiction Has Some Teeth," National Law Review (2014) – Read Article 
  • "Behavioral Agreements," American College of Legal Medicine Newsletter (2013)
  • "Medical Malpractice Reform," American College of Legal Medicine Newsletter (2013)
  • "The Fourth Amendment's Shortcomings for Police During School Shootings," 44 Val. U.L. Rev. 1095 (2010)

Public Speaking

  • “Pitfalls of CDL and Training Manuals”
    Trucking Boot Camp for the Claims Professional XIV - Denver/Phoenix (May 2022)
  • “Cameras and Telematics: Legal Considerations When Using Technology”
    Illinois Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Meeting 2022
  • “Nuclear Verdicts and How to Avoid Them”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show 2020
  • “Collecting and Preserving ESI to Effectively Defend Motor Carriers and Drivers After Implementation of the ELD Mandate”
    DRI Trucking Law Webinar 2019
  • “Disability Litigation”
    NFHS' Legal Meeting 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • “Preservation of Electronic Data and Documents: What Can Happen in Litigation”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show 2019
  • “Social Media Pitfalls for Lawyers”
    Internal Presentation for National Insurance Carrier 2018
  • “Nuclear Verdicts”
    Illinois Trucking Association Annual Meeting 2018
  • “EMRs and Audit Trails – Friend or Foe?”
    Heyl Royster’s 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Disability Litigation”
    NFHS’ 99th Annual Summer Conference 2017 & 2018
  • “e-Discovery Risks (and Solutions)”
    Greater Peoria Claims Association 2017
  • “Defending Your Company Before and After a Lawsuit or Claim is Filed”
    Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show 2017
  • “Cyber Liability Risks (and Solutions) for Lawyers”
    The Abraham Lincoln Court 2017
  • “Social Media: Must Know Legal & Insurance Risks”
    Kuhl Insurance Seminar 2016
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Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2018-2021). 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

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) 2021 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) 2017 – Present
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) 2021 - Present
  • Illinois Trucking Association 2015 - Present
  • Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) 2017 - Present; Chair, Trucking & Transportation Law Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association 2010 - Present
  • Champaign County Bar Association 2017 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association 2010 - 2017
  • American Bar Association 2012 - 2017

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Past Board Member – Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (“IPMR”) Foundation (2012-2016)
  • Past Committee Member – IPMR’s Legend at the Ballpark Committee (Chairman, 2012-2015)
  • Former Assistant Coach, Metamora High School Varsity Baseball Team (2011-2016)
  • Kellar Primary School Law Day Presentation (April 2014)