Heyl Royster

Martha Ravenhill

Practice Groups:

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983 & Correctional Healthcare

Medical Malpractice Defense

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL

Phone: 618.656.4646

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13 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2021 - 02/12/2021

Ravenhill Featured in Madison-St.Clair Record - 08/20/2018

Education

  • Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts-History (cum laude), Columbia College, 2005

Year Joined Firm

2018

 

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Martha Ravenhill (Associate)

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Martha primarily defends clients in the areas of casualty/tort litigation, civil rights/Section 1983, and medical malpractice litigation.

Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Martha practiced general civil liability defense litigation for three years at a Missouri law firm. In this role, she represented clients in state and federal courts in complex litigation cases involving personal injuries, wrongful death claims, motor vehicle accidents, property damage, commercial liability, professional liability, and tortious misconduct. She successfully wrote and argued several dispositive motions, earning dismissals of the claims against her clients.

From 2012-2014, Martha served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Missouri Attorney General's Office where she represented the State of Missouri in special prosecutions in circuit courts throughout the state, and in several state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. Martha has successfully tried jury trials and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Martha received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. During law school, Martha clerked at a private litigation firm and in the Illinois Attorney General's Office, where she argued motions in Cook County as a 7-11 law clerk. She also volunteered as a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution, mediating several disputes for the Cook County Court Referral Program.

Significant Cases

  • Wright v. Bowersox 720 F.3d 979 (8th Cir. 2013). Court properly denied a 28 U.S.C.S. § 2254 habeas corpus petition because a state court's conclusion that petitioner was competent to stand trial and represent himself was correct.
  • State ex rel. Koster v. Suter 447 S.W.3d 673 (Mo.App. 2014). The Missouri Appellate Court issued a writ of prohibition finding that there was insufficient evidence to support habeas relief and that the circuit court’s dismissal of the sexually violent predator petition was erroneous.
  • State ex rel. Koster v. Fitzsimmons 425 S.W.3d 166 (Mo.App. 2014). The Missouri Appellate Court ruled that the circuit court exceeded its authority in granting writ of habeas corpus because detainee failed to show a prior circuit court lacked jurisdiction in prior case to order that he be taken into custody because order of dismissal was not final judgment as it failed to comply with Mo. Sup. Ct. R. 74.01(a).
  • Miller v. Missouri Dept. of Corrections 436 S.W.3d 692 (Mo.App. 2014). The Missouri Appellate Court held that a prisoner was not guaranteed release on parole because the Missouri statutes do not create any liberty interests in parole.
  • Little v. McSwain 400 S.W.3d 461 (Mo.App. 2013). Parolee’s argument in a motion for summary judgment, which was denied, that Mo. Rev. Stat. § 217.690.3 was retrospective and violated the ex post facto clause of the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions, did not rebut the parole board’s motion for judgment on the pleadings; therefore, the Missouri Court of Appeals held that the denial of the parolee’s motion was not subject to appellate review.

Professional Recognition

Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2021). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • St. Louis Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois