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Tyler Pratt (Associate)

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Tyler concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice, professional liability, and professional regulation/licensure. He regularly defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, and clinics in professional liability claims involving significant injury or death. Tyler also represents clients in trucking, business and commercial, and estate litigation as well as estate planning matters, including powers of attorney, probate administration, wills, and trusts.

In 2017, Tyler relocated to the firm’s Champaign office. He initially joined Heyl Royster's Peoria office as an associate in the fall of 2012 and 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 extern 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

  • “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

  • “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
  • “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 and 2019). 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

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Illinois Trucking Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Champaign County Bar Association

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)