Heyl Royster

Michael Orsi

Practice Groups:

Medical Malpractice Defense

Healthcare

Long Term Care/Nursing Homes

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Office Locations:

Rockford, IL

Phone: 815.963.4454

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Education

  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude), Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science-Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

Year Joined Firm

2018

 

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Michael Orsi (Associate)

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Michael focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, healthcare law, and trucking litigation/catastrophic motor vehicle litigation. He represents physicians, hospitals, nurses, and numerous other healthcare providers in professional and institutional negligence claims of all types including those involving catastrophic injuries. Michael also represents hospitals and providers in numerous administrative proceedings including licensure and credentialing actions. He has handled every aspect of medical malpractice claims from pre-suit review through trial or settlement and appellate review.

Michael has knowledge and experience in the areas of: HIPAA Compliance and Breach issues; Medical Studies Act (peer review) compliance issues; drafting of policies and procedures; contracts involving vendors and providers; compliance issues related to mental health and psychiatric care. He has represented individual providers associated with the health system in professional licensure matters; medical staff privileging and credentialing proceedings; drafting consent forms related to agency issues; and guardianship proceedings for patients (brought on behalf of hospital). He is regularly invited to speak to hospitals and providers on numerous topics including the Medical Studies Act.

Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Michael was employed as outside counsel for two large Healthcare Systems in Rockford, with one year as in-house counsel.

Before law school Michael worked in law enforcement, with special training in accident reconstruction through Northwestern, and obtaining his State of Illinois certification. During law school he was a judicial extern for the Honorable J. Edward Prochaska of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Winnebago County.

Significant Cases

  • Part of trial team that obtained a defense verdict for a gastroenterologist and his group following a jury trial where the Plaintiff asserted that the physician failed to obtain informed consent prior to a colonoscopy and negligently perforated the bowel resulting in multiple complications, gastrointestinal issues, and permanent scarring.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a hospital in a multi-million dollar medical malpractice case where the Plaintiff asserted the provider at issue was an apparent agent of the hospital. Summary judgment was obtained on the hospital’s consent form alone.
  • Obtained summary judgment for hospital and provider in a wrongful death claim where Plaintiff failed to support the allegations in the complaint with the necessary expert testimony.
  • Obtained summary judgment on a Plaintiff’s res ipsa claim involving the Plaintiff’s claim she acquired an infection from the hospital. Plaintiff suffered numerous complications as a result of the infection including multiple surgeries.

Public Speaking

  • “Michael regularly lectures hospitals and providers regarding complex legal issues involving the Medical Studies Act and related confidentiality statutes.”

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2017-2021). 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 
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Iowa
  • State Courts of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Community Involvement

  • Illinois Torch Run for Special Olympics