Craig Young

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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60 Heyl Royster Attorneys on Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 06/29/2017

Heyl Royster Leadership at Peoria County Bar Association - 01/11/2016

Craig Young Becomes PCBA President - Firm Attorneys Elected to Leadership Roles - 07/10/2014

DRI Publishes Young and Elward on the Traveling Employee Doctrine - 03/14/2014

Heyl Royster Attorneys Undertake Leadership Roles with Peoria County Bar Association - 08/09/2013


  • Juris Doctor, University of Illinois, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts-History (summa cum laude), Bradley University, 1982 

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Craig Young (Shareholder)


Craig is past Chair of the firm's workers' compensation practice group. Craig began his career at Heyl Royster as a summer clerk while in law school and became an associate in the firm's Peoria office in 1985. He has spent his entire career with Heyl Royster and became a partner in 1992. He is recognized as a leading workers' compensation defense lawyer in the state of Illinois and has handled all aspects of Illinois workers' compensation litigation including arbitrations, reviews, and appeals. He has developed expertise in the application of workers' compensation to certain industries including hospitals, trucking companies, municipalities, large manufacturers, school districts, and universities.

In addition to his expertise in litigated cases, Craig has developed a reputation for counseling employers regarding overall management of the 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 his clients in looking beyond each 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. 

Currently, Craig is the immediate past chair of the workers' compensation committee of the Defense Research Institute. 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. He has been designated as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Craig is actively involved in supporting many local charitable organization and civic causes. He was the 2008 recipient of the Peoria County Bar Association's Distinguished Community Service Award.


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

Public Speaking

  • “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
  • “The Employee Who Can't Return to Work: Wage Differentials, Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Placement”
    Lorman Education Services 2008
  • “Medicare Set-Aside Agreements-The Rest of the Story”
    Defense Research Institute 2007
  • “Resolving (or Alleviating) the Chronic Pain Case”
    Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen 2007
  • “Definition, Statutory Employers, Self-Insureds, Insurance Non-Compliance and the Stop-Work Order: Sections 1, 3 and 4”
    Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen 2006
  • “Workers' Compensation and Illegal Aliens”
    Defense Research Institute 2006
  • “The Employee Who Can't Return to Work: Wage Differentials, Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Placement”
    Lorman Educational Services 2006
  • “Medical Science, Industrial Commission Science - Understanding the Industrial Commission's Approach to Medical Issues”
    Lorman Educational Services 2006

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 (Immediate Past President)
  • 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.