Heyl Royster

Alexander Kerr

Practice Groups:

Business and Commercial Litigation

Business Organizations & Transactions

Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy


Office Locations:

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.853.8700

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  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1968
  • Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1965

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Heyl Royster



Alexander Kerr (Of Counsel)


Sandy concentrates his practice in litigation, bankruptcy and commercial transactions. In private practice, and as a government lawyer, he has tried numerous state and federal criminal and civil cases, as well as briefed and argued state and federal appeals.

Sandy's litigation experience includes complex civil litigation involving antitrust, contracts, franchise law, ownership disputes, employment and professional liability matters. He has represented numerous entrepreneurs, small and mid-size businesses, large public corporations, and international companies.

In the public sector, Sandy has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Department of Justice Special Attorney in Chicago; as a Navy lawyer and Military Judge in Norfolk, VA.; and as outside counsel to park districts. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Sandy's experience included positions as a partner in Chicago law firms that focused on complex commercial transactions and as an attorney in a Philadelphia maritime law firm. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Business and Northwestern University School of Law.

Significant Cases

  • Bleier, et al. v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland a/k/a “Federal Republic of Germany”et al. Appeal No. 12-3269 (7th Circuit) (on appeal from District Court – Case No. 08-cv-6254) Defense of class action claims involving post-World War I gold bonds issued by the government and reconstruction businesses.
  • Baldi v. Samuel, Son & Company, Ltd. 548 F.3d 579 (7th Cir. 2008) Prevailed at trial, in the District Court, and at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a decision involving insolvency and preference issues.
  • Exhibit Works v. Inspired Exhibits, Inc. 2005 WL 3527254, 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 34909 (N.D. ILL. 2005) Non-compete and non-solicitation issues.
  • In Re: Archibald Candy Corporation, et al. Case No. 04-B-3200 (Bankr. N.D. ILL. – Hollis, B.J.). Represented Fannie May Candy Chapter 7 Trustee in fifty-seven adversary proceedings and effect tax refunds for the Estate.
  • Pentzer Corporation v. Textron Financial Corporation No. 00 CV 3431 (N.D. ILL. 4/10101) Textron's Motion for Summary Judgment for Indemnification pursuant to acquisition agreement regarding abandoned property escheat issues granted.
  • Mark I. Inc. v. Gruber 38 F.3d 369 (7th Cir. 1994) Magistrate Judge trial jurisdiction limitation.
  • Todd v. Corporate Life Insurance Co. 945 F.2d 204 (7th Cir. 1991) Insurance commissions.
  • Globe Insurance Co. v. Miniat 805 F.2d 732 (7th Cir. 1986) cert. denied. 107 S. Ct. 3188 (1987) ERISA eligibility of small companies.
  • C.A.B. v. United Airlines, Inc. 542 F.2d 394 (7th Cir. 1976) aff'g 399 F.Supp.1324 (N.D. ILL1975) Administrative subpoena enforcement.


  • "Forum [letter to the Editor], The Edmond Fitzgerald," National Geographic (1996)
  • "Business Planning in The Information Age," The Newsletter of The ABA LPMS Computer and Technology Division Interest Groups (1993)

Public Speaking

  • “Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions – Intellectual Property and Troubled Companies”
    PLI Seminar, Chicago, IL 2005
  • “Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions – Buying Intellectual Property from Troubled Companies”
    PLI Seminar, Chicago, IL 2004
  • “Can Lawyers Make Money Using PC”
    ABA's Seventh Annual Techshow For The Economics of Technology For Lawyers Interest Group 1993
  • “Program Fraud”
    U.S. Attorneys’ Federal Practice Course, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, Washington D.C. 1977
  • “Use of Computers in Financial Investigations that Detect Fraud and Embezzlement”
    Association of Federal Investigators 1978

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2008). The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state earn this designation.
  • American Research Corporation's Leading American Attorneys
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • Montclair Who's Who in North America
  • Member American Research Corporation's Leading Attorneys
  • Department of Justice, Commendation Award
  • Department of Justice, Achievement Award
  • Department of Navy, Commendation Medal
  • Department of Navy, Achievement Medal
  • New York City Bar Association, National Moot Court, Semifinalist
  • Northwestern University, School of Law, First Place Moot Court Team
  • AmJur Civil Procedure Prize

Professional Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Illinois Saint Andrew Society (Chairman – 2006 to 2009); (President – 1994 to 1997); (Vice-President – 1989 Co 1994); (Counsel to the Board of Governors -1987 to 1989); (Governor – 1984 to 1987; 1998 to present); (Admissions Committee 1982 to 1984); (Secretary, Law Society – 2001 to present)
  • Park District of La Grange (Attorney – 1985 to 2001)
  • Library of LaGrange (Attorney – 1986 to 2001)