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Heyl Royster



Bradford Ingram (Shareholder)


Brad’s defense practice has included a wide variety of civil litigation matters. He has handled a full range of employment cases on behalf of employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies including the EEOC and IDHR. These cases range from claims alleging discrimination to related tort claims such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful termination. He has also handled breach of employment contract cases and he actively defends clients against workers' compensation, civil rights, and municipal claims.

Brad serves as counsel to Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees, where he advises the Board on a wide variety of legal issues confronting the University. He has handled unfair labor practice charges in connection with collective bargaining on behalf of the University. Brad has also negotiated agreements with a variety of unions on behalf of clients. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Brad has been active in legal professional organizations in the areas of workers' compensation and employment law. He is a past chair of the employment law committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Brad is president of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (CWCL), and he is a frequent speaker to legal and industry groups on topics involving employment, civil rights, and workers' compensation law.

He also serves as a facilitative mediator having completed the Northwestern University Mediation Skills Training Program and is a member of several conflict resolution and mediation organizations. In 2015, Brad was appointed by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) to serve as a member of the faculty for the IADC's 43rd Annual Trial Academy at Stanford Law School. Brad has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster, beginning in 1980 in the Peoria office. Born in Pekin, Illinois, he became a partner in the firm in 1987.


  • “A Rebate Ordinance Does Not Create a Protected Property Interest,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2017) - Download Article
  • "Recent Civil Rights Decisions," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2015) - Download Article
  • "Civil Rights Update - Absolute and Qualified Immunity: Recent U.S. Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit Decisions," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014) - Download Article
  • "Rule 41(a) Voluntary Dismissal in Federal Court Takes Effect Immediately Upon Filing, Not When Docketed," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2008) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Harassment-Free & Diversity Workplace Training, Internal Investigations & Successful Workplace Management: Documentation”
    Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce 2018
  • “Independent Contractors v. Employees- Who Can Get You In The Most Trouble?”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation Part Deux” Seminar 2018
  • “Harassment-Free and Diversity Workplace Training, Internal Investigations, and Successful Workplace Management: Documentation”
    IAPD and IPRA Soaring to New Heights Annual Conference 2018
  • “The Final Rule: 2016 Update to the FLSA”
    Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
  • “DOL Overtime Rules”
    Rock River Human Resource Professional Association 2016
  • “Legal Issues for Business Owners”
    National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 2016
  • “Investigations”
    How to Protect Your Company/Minimize Risks in the Workplace Heyl Royster Seminar 2014
  • “Defending Governmental Entities in Section 1983 Claims”
    IDC Fall Conference, Chicago, IL 2009
  • “Whistle Blower Protection in Illinois”
    Peoria County Bar Association 2008
  • “Harassment Awareness Training”
    Illinois State Bar Association, Bloomington, Illinois 2007
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Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2019): Employment Law - Management
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.  Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Facilitative Mediator
  • Completion of Northwestern University's Mediation Skills Training Curriculum, 2011

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Past Chair Employment Law Section)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (President)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council)
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • The Association for Conflict Resolution Chicago Chapter

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross (Board of Directors, Chair)
  • Peoria Sister City Commission (Board Member)
  • Buehler Memorial Home (Board Member)
  • Graduate, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School