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Heyl Royster



J. Tyler Robinson (Partner)


Tyler is the Chair of our firm's Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Practice Group. His practice is focused on defending healthcare providers against qui tam lawsuits filed pursuant to the False Claims Act and similar state false claims laws. His experience includes working extensively with the U.S. Department of Justice on qui tam litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical device companies, long term care providers, and a wide variety of government contractors and federal program participants, specifically regarding federal and state drug pricing methodologies and reporting requirements. Since joining Heyl Royster, Tyler has consulted and represented a diverse group of healthcare professionals and entities during all phases of qui tam litigation.

Tyler also regularly advises hospitals, physician practices, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare organizations regarding complex statutory and regulatory matters, including the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. With his unique background in working with federal and state governmental agencies, including CMS, DOJ, and OIG, Tyler has developed a special focus in advising hospitals and other healthcare organizations regarding Medicare and Medicaid compliance, overpayment and reporting issues. From advising healthcare providers that have identified Medicare and/or Medicaid billing issues to developing and drafting CMS and OIG self-disclosures and negotiating resolutions, Tyler has extensive experience representing healthcare clients during all phases of the overpayment and reporting process.

Finally, Tyler concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability where he defends physicians throughout Central Illinois in a broad variety of cases, including obstetrics, internal medical, neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, radiology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, surgery, and family medicine. Tyler has assisted in the successful defense of professional liability actions to jury verdict and high-exposure mediations. Tyler has also represented clients and their interests throughout the discovery process and has argued significant motions before trial courts, including summary judgment, dismissal, and final pre-trial in limine motions.

Tyler received his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2010, where he was a member of the Journal of Legal Medicine. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois State Bar Association, and Sangamon County Bar Association.


  • “How to Self Disclose and Re-Tool Compliance at the Same Time,” Compliance Today, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association (2017) - Download Article
  • "Timeshare Arrangements Exception to Stark Law Offers Opportunities in Rural/Underserved Communities," American Bar Association, Health Law Litigation (2016)
  • "What is a Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Lawsuit?" Health Law Now (2015) - Read Article
  • "Beware the Whistleblower: Whether Congress' Omission of the Term 'Employer' from Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act Was Intended to Extend Liability to a Whistleblower's Individual Supervisors," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014) - Download Article
  • "The Rise of the 'Reverse' False Claim And Proposed Rules from CMS on Reporting and Returning Overpayments," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2013) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Get on Board! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!”
    Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), Annual Conference 2017
  • “Physician Lease Arrangements: New Rules”
    Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), Annual Conference 2016
  • “Legal Options for Specialty Physician Contracting”
    Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Webinar 2016
  • “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me: An Eye on the Inside of Nursing Homes”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2017 and 2018). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Symposium Committee Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Management & Professional Liability Community Member and Medical/Healthcare (Medical Malpractice) Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Court

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Youth Baseball and Soccer Coach