Heyl Royster

Bryan Vayr

Practice Groups:

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983 & Correctional Healthcare

Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy

Employment & Labor

Governmental

Office Locations:

Champaign, IL

Phone: 217.344.0060

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News

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles in First Quarter 2021 Issue - 02/24/2021

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles in Fourth Quarter 2020 Issue - 11/30/2020

Bryan Vayr Recognized as a “Forty Under 40” Leader in Central Illinois - 10/30/2020

Heyl Royster Attorneys Recently Author Articles in Several Publications - 12/23/2019

Education

  • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude Order of the Coif, University of Illinois College of Law, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, Legal Studies, magna cum laude, University of Illinois at Springfield, 2014

Year Joined Firm

2017

 

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Heyl Royster

 

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Bryan Vayr (Associate)

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Bryan focuses his practice on civil litigation, with a focus on complex civil rights, governmental defense, and employment matters. Much of his practice entails defending government, law enforcement, educational institutions, and businesses, in cases alleging violations of civil rights in state and federal court. Bryan also represents counties and municipalities in tort litigation and contract disputes.

Bryan joined Heyl Royster in 2017 after receiving his J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law, and B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois-Springfield. While in law school, Bryan was Managing Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review, and was recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association for his work in the College’s Civil Litigation Clinic. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Bryan worked at a Chicago-based firm specializing in complex litigation and volunteered during law school at the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Publications

  • “It Can’t Be Politics: Seventh Circuit Offers a Timely Refresher on Political Firings,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2021)
  • “Supreme Court: Probable Cause Defeats a First Amendment Retaliation Claim . . . Except When It Doesn’t,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2019)
  • “Of Chimps and Men: Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights, and How Losing the Legal Battle May Win the Political War for Endangered Species,” University of Illinois Law Review (2017)

Public Speaking

  • “Illinois Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act”
    Illinois Association of County Board Members – Government Leaders Training Webinar 2021
  • “Three Things That Will Always Help Your Case”
    Illinois Association of County Board Members Seminar 2018
  • “The Open Meetings Act, explained”
    Heyl Royster 2018
  • “Security Issues in the Emergency Department Setting”
    Level I Trauma Center - Panel Member 2018

Professional Recognition

  • Named a 2020 "Forty Under 40" attorney by Central Illinois Business Magazine. Winners are chosen based on achievement, experience, innovation, leadership, and community involvement.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Champaign County Bar Association

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, University YMCA
  • Women in Need of Recovery ("WIN Recovery")