Brett Siegel

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Employment & Labor

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Office Locations:

Springfield, IL

Phone: 217.522.8822

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

Firm Obtains Defense Verdict in Macon Co. Premises Liability Trial - 02/10/2017

Siegel Appointed Young Lawyer Liaison to ABA TIPS Section - 10/27/2016

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


  • Juris Doctor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts-Economics and Communication (with Distinction), University of Illinois, 2009

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Brett Siegel (Associate)


Brett defends clients in tort litigation and employers in workers' compensation and employment law cases. He has taken several cases to trial and has argued multiple cases on appeal before the Workers' Compensation Commission. As part of his employment law practice, Brett counsels and defends clients against retaliatory discharge claims. Brett also regularly handles depositions of expert witnesses and treating physicians in both civil and workers' compensation matters.

Brett is actively involved in the American Bar Association and its Young Lawyers’ Division. Brett is currently the YLD’s Liaison to the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – Ethics and Professionalism. Brett has also been a contributing author to the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s quarterly publication and the National Law Review. 

Brett earned his B.A. in Economics and Communication (with Distinction) at the University of Illinois, and his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. As a law student, Brett concentrated his studies on litigation and trial advocacy. He earned the “Best Advocate” award in an intensive trial advocacy course. In 2011, as a member of the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team, he competed in the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Competition in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, he competed in the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition in St. Louis.

Significant Cases

  • Likins v. Morford 2015 L 43 (Macon Co.) Represented homeowner in a three-day premises liability jury trial in Macon County state court (Decatur). The plaintiff, a United States Postal worker, sustained two broken legs when she fell down the front porch steps at the defendant’s home. The trial centered on whether the defendant knew, or should have known, that the condition of the stairs presented an unreasonable risk of harm. Several witnesses testified regarding the issue of notice, and each party retained vocational experts to testify about the lost wages claim. Plaintiff had more than $50,000 in related medical expenses, significant permanency, and claims for future medical expenses and lost wages. Plaintiff asked the jury to award approximately $650,000 in total damages. After two hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a completed defense verdict.
  • Carnahan v. _______ 2015 L 137 (Macon Co.) Represented homeowner in dog bite case in two-day jury trial in Macon County state court (Decatur). The plaintiff sustained pit bull bite wounds to his hip area resulting in permanent scarring. Defendant homeowner admitted liability and contested damages only. The plaintiff asked the jury for more than $50,000 in damages. The jury awarded only $10,684.47 in damages, which was significantly less than the settlement offer made before trial.
  • Harlow v. B_____ 2011 SC 2763 (Sangamon Co.) Represented basement waterproofing company in jury trial in Sangamon County state court (Springfield). The plaintiff, a homeowner, alleged her basement flooded as a result of a defective waterproofing system installed by the defendant. At the close of the plaintiff’s evidence, the defendant moved for a directed verdict, which the court granted.
  • Rhodes v. _______ 2017 SC 2862 (Sangamon Co.) Represented auto body shop in bench trial in Sangamon County state court (Springfield). The auto body shop towed plaintiff’s vehicle from her property at the request of the co-defendant. Plaintiff alleged that the auto body wrongfully towed her vehicle and damaged it during the tow. Plaintiff claimed approximately $10,000 in property damages, attorney’s fees, and additional expenses at trial. At the close of the evidence, judgment was entered in favor of the auto body shop. The judge found that plaintiff failed to prove any damages caused by the auto body shop.


  • “Employer Justified in Terminating Employee Despite Employee’s Later Decision to Take FMLA Leave,” Employer’s Edge – Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2018) – Read Article
  • "A Primer on Recent Cases Impacting Workers’ Compensation Defense," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2016) - Download Article
  • "Retaliatory Discharge Lawsuits Filed by Insured Workers," The National Law Review (2016) - Read Article
  • "Bob Red Remodeling, Inc. v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Comm'n – Follow-Up Appointments with ER Doctor Not Considered a Choice of Physician," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2015) - Read Article
  • "Medical Marijuana Leaving a Cloud of Uncertainty Over Employers," Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (2014) - Read Article
  • "Statute In The Spotlight: Americans with Disabilities Act Title 42 - The Public Health and Welfare Chapter 126 - Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities - Reasonable Accommodations," Employer's Edge - Heyl Royster Employment Newsletter (2013) - Read Article

Public Speaking

  • “Commercial Drones - Update on Emerging Law”
    Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Court 2017
  • “Workers' Compensation Law and Practice: Legislative and Case Law Update”
    Sterling Education Services 2016
  • “2015 Liability Summit”
    Sangamon County Bar Association 2015
  • “Claims Handling – What’s on the Horizon”
    Land of Lincoln CPCU Society Chapter Workshop 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

  • American Bar Association (YLD Liaison to the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, 2016-2018)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Court

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois