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Ann Barron (Partner)

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Ann concentrates her practice in civil litigation, including environmental and business-related disputes, nursing home litigation, and personal injury defense.

Ann joined Heyl Royster in 2013. Before joining Heyl Royster, Ann served as in-house counsel at Valero in San Antonio, TX, where she managed complex environmental, commercial, class action and tort litigation. While at Valero, Ann also served on the Information Governance Committee, and was responsible for electronic discovery and electronic records implementation, retention and destruction. Ann communicated regularly with senior management and provided day-to-day business counseling and advice. Her experience at Valero has given Ann an unparalleled ability to effectively interact with in-house counsel.

Ann began her legal career in 1994, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable James D. Heiple of the Illinois Supreme Court. After her clerkship, Ann worked for two law firms in the St. Louis area. She represented clients in environmental, class action, commercial, and personal injury matters pending throughout the country. Her clients included railroads, refiners, utilities, municipalities, health care entities, franchisors, and auto manufacturers. Ann has represented clients before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and various appellate courts in Illinois and Missouri.

Significant Cases

  • Wilson v. Norfolk and Western Railway Company 718 N.E.2d 172 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in case of first impression that a railroad employee must prove physical contact or the threat of physical contact to recover damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress under the FELA.

Publications

  • “The Illinois Medical Studies Act Privilege After Grosshuesch and Eid,” IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal (2017) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “PSO or MSA: Improving Healthcare Without Increasing Liability”
    ISHRM and CHRMS 2018
  • “Furry Companions – Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals and Pets in Medical Facilities”
    Chicago Healthcare Risk Managers Society Winter Meeting 2018
  • “Negligent Credentialing Claims: The Best Attack”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Case Law Update”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
  • “21st Century Liability Issues: Drones, Cyber Liability, and Privacy Issue”
    Heyl Royster's 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “How to Handle the Midnight Call and The Building Blocks of an Effective Defense”
    Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management (Board Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Madison County Bar Association 
  • The Missouri Bar Association 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois, Missouri and Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Courts, Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Missouri

Community Involvement

  • Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas Board of Directors (2007-2010)
  • City Year San Antonio Board of Directors (2012-2013)
  • United Way Agency Review Committee (2010-2011)
  • United Way Scholarship Committee (2012)
  • University of Illinois College of Law Board of Visitors (2008-2011)
  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Association (2005-Present)
  • Valero Volunteer Council (2009-2012)