Christopher Drinkwine

Practice Groups:

Appellate Advocacy

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983

Long Term Care/Nursing Homes

Product Liability

Professional Liability

Office Locations:

Rockford, IL

Phone: 815.963.4454

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Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 1992

Year Joined Firm

2019

 

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Christopher Drinkwine (Of Counsel)

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Chris focuses his practice in the defense of complex civil litigation in state and federal court, with an emphasis on civil rights, employment law, and medical malpractice. He also has experience in casualty/tort litigation, nursing home and LTC litigation, products liability, and professional liability.

After earning his J.D., cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law, Chris served as an Assistant State’s Attorney. In that capacity, Chris gained experience in traffic, misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony prosecution and tried numerous cases to verdict. From there, Chris was recruited by the Honorable John W. Rapp, Jr. of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, to serve as his law clerk. Chris continued in that role when the Honorable Frederick J. Kapala replaced Judge Rapp on the Illinois Appellate Court. Later, Judge Kapala promoted Chris to serve as his Senior Law Clerk when Judge Kapala was appointed to the federal bench. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Chris worked closely with Judge Kapala in federal court for 12 years and gained extensive experience in all types of criminal and civil litigation including section 1983 civil rights claims, employment discrimination, ERISA, consumer protection, insurance coverage, patent, trademark, antitrust, habeas corpus, constitutional challenges to statutes, and breach of contract.

Chris has trained in basic and advanced trial advocacy with the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor, in Springfield, Illinois, and at the National District Attorney’s Advocacy Center, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Publications

  • "Jackson v. Hammer: The Negative Implications of Failing to Define 'Customer List' in a Contract of Sale," ISBA, The Counselor (1994)
  • "Genender v. Erlich: Rescissionary Relief for Breach of the Implied Warranty of Habitability," ISBA, The Counselor (1995)
  • "Williamson v. Williamson: The Limitation of 'an Archaic Doctrine of Equity,'" ISBA, The Counselor (1996)

Professional Associations

  • Winnebago County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit