Heyl Royster

Tobin Taylor

Practice Groups:

Design Professionals Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense

Long Term Care/Nursing Homes

Product Liability

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Office Locations:

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.853.8700

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60 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2021 Leading Lawyers List - 08/04/2021

Illinois Governor Signs Pre-judgment Interest Legislation Changing Tort Law in Civil Lawsuits - 06/01/2021

Heyl Royster Transitions Toxic Asbestos Practice Leadership to Meet the Future - 04/23/2021

67 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2020 Leading Lawyers List - 07/30/2020

DOL Issues New FFCRA Regulations - 03/31/2020

The Illinois Executive “Stay at Home” Order and Its Impact on Employers - 03/24/2020

Employer Guidelines for Today's Workplace & the Coronavirus/COVID-19 - 03/20/2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - 03/19/2020

64 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2019 Leading Lawyers’ List - 06/28/2019

79 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 05/31/2018

Taylor Joins Illinois Equal Justice Foundation Board - 10/20/2017

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

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 01/20/2017

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

Firm's Chicago Office Featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine - 07/01/2015

Investing in Justice - 04/08/2015

Tobin Taylor Featured in Law Bulletin's "Law Firm Leaders" - 12/19/2014

Tobin Taylor Named Managing Partner of Firm's Chicago Office - 07/08/2014

Fifty Firm Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers - 06/27/2014

Tobin Taylor Wins Motion to Dismiss Cook County Asbestos Lawsuit Based On Forum Non Conveniens - 09/28/2012


  • Juris Doctor, Washington University School of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science-Philosophy (magna cum laude), Bradley University, 1993

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Heyl Royster



Tobin Taylor (Office Managing Partner/Shareholder)


Tobin is the Managing Partner of the firm's Chicago office. He handles a wide range of civil litigation for businesses, corporations, professionals, and insurance companies.

Tobin actively leads the firm’s defense of cases venued in Cook Co., IL alleging asbestos exposure or other toxic torts, including product liability and premises liability claims. He regularly serves as lead counsel in the defense and management of complex, multi-party asbestos cases. Tobin’s litigation experience includes defending various types of professionals (e.g., healthcare, legal, and design) in cases alleging malpractice, errors, or omissions. He has also defended employers and governmental entities before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts in actions alleging employment discrimination and civil rights violations. Early in his career, Tobin tried a number of personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents or premises liability.

Tobin’s toxic tort defense experience includes the representation of clients in asbestos, talc, silica, manganese/welding rods, benzene, diacetyl and vinyl chloride lawsuits in state and federal courts. His clients have included insulation manufacturers, brake and friction material manufacturers, gasket manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, asbestos mining companies, product distributors, public utilities, premises owners, and construction contractors.

Tobin received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Bradley University, and his J.D. from Washington University Law School.


  • "The Attorney-Client Relationship," chapter in Civil Practice: Opening the Case, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009, 2015, 2023)
  • “The Evolution of Specific Personal Jurisdiction and Impact on Toxic Tort Litigation,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2022) - Read Article

Public Speaking

  • “Defendant Corporate Representative Depositions in Toxic Tort Cases”
    Illinois Defense Counsel Webinar 2022
  • “When Does Zealous Advocacy Cross the Line?”
    Law Bulletin Ethics Seminar 2018
  • “A Judicial Roundtable Discussion on Mass Toxic Tort Litigation”
    Moderator, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (“IDC”) Spring Symposium 2017
  • “Bare Metal and Replacement Parts in Asbestos Cases”
    HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, St. Louis, Missouri 2014
  • “Concealed Carry: How Township Government Will Be Affected”
    Illinois Township Attorneys Association 12th Annual Educational Seminar 2014
  • “The Effect of the Illinois Concealed Carry Act on Employers”
    Heyl Royster Seminar/Webinar, Peoria 2013
  • “General Practice Seminar - Trial”
    Peoria County Bar Association 2010
  • “Personal Injury Practice Update 2008 - Liability Update”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois for Toxic Torts Defense Law. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Named to the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. 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 Equal Justice Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association - Toxic Tort and Environmental Law and Litigation Sections
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association (past steering committee member of Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Peoria County Bar Association (past Co-Chair of Young Lawyer Committee)

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, MDL 875 Asbestos Litigation

Community Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Foundation, Investing in Justice, Campaign Leadership Team
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lunchtime to End Hunger, Campaign Team Leader
  • United Way Pillars Society, past member
  • American Cancer Society, past committee board member
  • Children's Hospital of Illinois, past development board member