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Heyl Royster



Tyler Pratt (Associate)


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

  • 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.


  • “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

  • “Nuclear Verdicts”
    Illinois Trucking Association Annual Meeting 2018
  • “Disability Litigation”
    NFHS’ 99th Annual Summer Conference 2018
  • “EMRs and Audit Trails – Friend or Foe?”
    Heyl Royster’s 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Disability Litigation”
    NFHS' Legal Meeting 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
  • “Student Accommodations - Accommodating Student Athletes with Disabilities”
    Heyl Royster Education Seminar 2016
  • “Admissibility of Social Media Evidence”
    The Abraham Lincoln and The Lincoln-Douglas American Inns of Court, Springfield, Illinois 2014

Professional Recognition

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

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)