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Craig Young (Firm Managing Partner/Shareholder)


Craig is the firm’s Managing Partner. He has represented the firm’s clients in many areas of civil litigation during his career, and he is nationally recognized as a leading workers' compensation defense lawyer. He has handled all aspects of Illinois workers' compensation litigation including arbitrations, reviews, and appeals. He has developed deep knowledge and experience in many industries, including healthcare, trucking, government, large manufacturers, school districts, and universities. He formerly served as chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice and as chair of the National Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

In addition to his experience in litigated cases, Craig has developed a reputation for counseling employers regarding overall management of workers' compensation risk. Through seminars and presentations to local and national industry groups, in-house meetings, regular claims review analysis, and day-to-day legal counsel, Craig assists clients in looking beyond the individual case in an effort to reduce overall workers' compensation expense. His comprehensive approach to workers' compensation issues also includes third-party liability and lien recovery issues.

Craig is actively involved in supporting many local charitable organizations and civic causes. He is a former president of the Peoria County Bar Association (2014-2015), and a recipient of the PCBA’s Distinguished Community Service Award. He has served the Heart of Illinois United Way in many capacities, including as president of the board. He is past Advisory Board Chair of the Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army, and the recipient of its 2012 William Booth Award for Community Service. Craig has served as president of the Bradley University National Alumni Board and as vice president of Financial Support for that board. He has served as the Board president of Lutheran Senior Ministries and as Church Council president of the Salem Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Abraham Lincoln Court, and Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, National Workers' Compensation Committee). He has also chaired DRI's Program Committee, and in that role, chaired nationally acclaimed teleconferences and seminars on specific issues relating to workers' compensation defense.

Craig started as a summer clerk with the firm in 1983, while enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law. He obtained his J.D. degree in 1985, joined the firm as an associate that same year, and became a partner in 1992. He has been designated as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by Law Bulletin Media.


  • "Recent Advances of the Traveling Employee Doctrine," For the Defense (2014) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Accident Caused by Risks Resulting from Everyday Activities: Moving Toward a New Standard? A Panel Discussion”
    Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Going Pro: The Advantage of Professional Communications”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Retaliation in the Workplace: State and Federal Claims”
    Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
  • “Temporary Transitional Employment”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Employee Victims of Workplace Violence: New Perspectives on Exposure and Defenses”
    Heyl Royster's 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Effective Strategies for Defending Traveling Employee Claims”
    Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Workers’ Compensation Reform in Illinois”
    Presented in numerous locations 2012
  • “Elements of a Winning Workers’ Compensation Program”
    Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day 2010
  • “Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and Workers’ Compensation”
    Risk Control Workshop 2010
  • “Medical Science, Industrial Commission Science - Understanding the Industrial Commission's Approach to Medical Issues”
    Lorman Education Services 2008
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Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.  Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Peoria County Bar Association 2008 Distinguished Community Service Award 

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association (President, 2014-2015; Past Board Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, National Workers' Compensation Committee)

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Heart of Illinois United Way (Past Board Chair and Campaign Chair)
  • Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army (Past Advisory Board Chair; Recipient of 2012 William Booth Award for Community Service)
  • Salem Lutheran Church (Past Church Council President)
  • Bradley University National Alumni Association (Past President)
  • Lutheran Senior Ministries (Past Board President)
  • Country Club of Peoria (Past Board President)
  • Instrumental in forming and served on the Peoria Community Teen Pregnancy Task Force
  • Chaired Peoria's delegation to the President's Summit on Volunteerism.