Syed Ahmad

Practice Groups:

Business and Commercial Litigation

Business Organizations & Transactions

Governmental

Commercial Real Estate

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983

Employment & Labor

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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Education

  • Juris Doctor, Michigan State University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, University of Illinois, 2002

Year Joined Firm

2017

 

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Syed Ahmad (Of Counsel)

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Syed practices in the areas of governmental law, commercial litigation and business transactions, and labor and employment law. He is an experienced attorney with trial experience on both the criminal and civil sides, as well as transactional experience including business partnerships and commercial real estate.

Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Syed served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Peoria where he represented the City at the circuit and appellate court levels and handled all administrative proceedings. He has experience with a range of issues including FOIA, the Illinois Tort Immunity Act, the Administrative Review Act and Section 1983 claims. Apart from litigation, he advised city council members, the City Manager, upper management and other city employees on various legal matters involving City business. He helped draft ordinances, reviewed contracts and intergovernmental agreements, and was the designated FOIA officer for the City of Peoria. From 2011 to 2013, Syed served as the Assistant State’s Attorney at the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s office. While in the State’s Attorney’s Office, he successfully tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict and more than 100 bench trials.

Syed’s labor law experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements with a number of unions on behalf of governmental entities and counseling employers regarding labor relations and employee discipline. In the area of employment law, Syed has represented employers in federal court and handled employment discrimination appeals before the IDHR and EEOC. He has also drafted employee handbooks and employment contracts, including termination agreements.

From 2008 to 2011, Syed was in private practice, which included estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, and other business transactions. He negotiated multiple contracts related to a partner’s divestiture from a local motel franchise and assisted in the dissolution of a group of businesses valued in excess of $1.5 million. He also served as legal counsel for a $2 million land purchase and construction project.

Syed received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a J.D. from Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Labor & Employment Law Association.

Public Speaking

  • “Preserving Evidence: The Local Government Perspective”
    Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Temporary Restraining Orders, Preliminary & Permanent Injunctions ‘When, Why and How’”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation Part Deux” Seminar 2018
  • “The Open Meetings Act, explained”
    Heyl Royster 2018

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Peoria County Bar Association

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Cordoba Healthcare Clinic – Vice President