Heyl Royster

Michael Kokal

Practice Groups:

Intellectual Property

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy


Product Liability

Business and Commercial Litigation

Legal Malpractice Defense

Accountant and Realtor Malpractice

Design Professionals Litigation

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983 & Correctional Healthcare

Office Locations:

Springfield, IL

Phone: 217.522.8822

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

Mike Kokal Assists Local Inventor Make the News with Innovative Emoji Patent - 06/23/2021

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

Kokal Writes on Small Business Cybersecurity for the Springfield Business Journal - 08/20/2019

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

Kokal Featured in Leading Lawyers' “Top Business Lawyers” Issue - 08/31/2018

Kokal Article on Blockchain Technology Published in Springfield Business Journal - 08/07/2018

Kokal Wins Quiet Title Case for Client on Summary Judgment - 06/20/2018

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

Firm Successfully Defends Prison Healthcare Nurses - 04/19/2018

Kokal Provides CyberSecurity Recommendations - 09/14/2017

Kokal Article: Cybersecurity Recommendations for Small Business - 08/07/2017

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

Kokal Article on Cybersecurity in Springfield Business Journal - 05/16/2017

Kokal Appointed to International Relations Positions - 05/10/2017

Kokal Speaks on Cybersecurity at Springfield Chamber Seminar - 05/03/2017

Kokal Authors Article on Blockchain Technology - 01/13/2017

Firm Prevails for County Jail in Wrongful Death Case - 10/21/2016

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

Heyl Royster Partners Matt Booker and Mike Kokal Successfully Try Cases - 07/06/2012


  • Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif), University of Missouri School of Law, 1992
  • Master of Liberal Arts-History, Washington University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science-Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1987 

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Heyl Royster



Michael Kokal (Partner)


Mike has wide-ranging experience in professional liability, products liability, commercial litigation, and intellectual property. He is licensed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Mike is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and CyberSecurity and Data Privacy Practice.

Mike is an accomplished speaker, author and trial attorney. He has presented for the Illinois CPA Society and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education on topics such as blockchains, e-discovery, social media, cyber security, and smart contracts. He has also authored various articles published in the Missouri Law Review (where he was Managing Editor), Springfield Business Journal and InterBusiness Issues. Mike has been recognized by his peers and was selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers. Mike has had numerous defense verdicts in litigation and arbitrations involving various areas of professional liability, commercial litigation, environmental and toxic torts, personal injury, and civil rights, including:

Frey v. Shell: Defense verdict in products liability case involving alleged permanent eye injury.

Freeland v. AM: Successful defense of Fortune 500 company in federal products liability trial involving disability and brain injury.

Gulley v. F, M.D.: Defense verdict in malpractice case involving intra-cranial abscess.

Jordan v. Maloney: Defense verdict in professional liability and fraud case against home inspector and realtor.

Hoskins v. F, M.D.: Defense verdict in federal malpractice and civil rights case involving metastatic prostate cancer.

Gallina v. W, M.D.: Defense verdict in malpractice case involving talar neck fracture.

Bahrs v. B, M.D.: Defense verdict in federal civil rights case involving colon cancer.

Magurany v. S: Defense verdict in rear-end collision resulting in partial paralysis and brain damage.

Stephenson v. O, M.D.: Defense verdict in federal civil rights case involving back surgery.

Three arbitration victories for a Fortune 100 Internet/Cable Company in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, and alleged violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and he worked as an electrical engineer at Ralston Purina in St. Louis prior to attending law school. He received his J.D. degree (Order of the Coif) from the University of Missouri School of Law. After receiving his law degree, Mike served as a judicial clerk to Federal District Judge Richard Mills in Springfield, IL. Following that clerkship, he worked in private practice in Springfield, primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, and commercial litigation. He joined Heyl Royster in 2000 and moved to the firm's Edwardsville office in 2003. Mike became a partner with the firm in 2004, and he returned to the firm’s Springfield office in 2011.


  • “Cybersecurity Consideration in a Remote Work Environment,” Springfield Business Journal (2021)
  • “Small Business Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things,” Springfield Business Journal (2019)
  • "The Charitable Powers of Blockchain Technology," Springfield Business Journal (2018)
  • “Cyber Security Recommendations for Small Business,” InterBusiness Issues (2017) - Download Article
  • "Seven Cybersecurity Recommendations for Small Businesses," Springfield Business Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • "Buckle Up for Cybersecurity," Springfield Business Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • “Blockchain Technology for Business,” Springfield Business Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • "What Every Claims Professional Needs to Know About Conflicts of Interest, Good Faith Duty to Settle and Time Limit Demands," Heyl Royster (2007)
  • Missouri Wrongful Death Statute, Missouri Law Review (1992)

Public Speaking

  • “Cybersecurity Issues for Engineers”
    Illinois Engineering Law Seminar 2021
  • “Healing Ambassador Training Program”
    Illinois Public Health Association 2021
  • “Patent Lawyer Panel”
    Bradley University 2020
  • “Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights”
    Central Illinois Chapter of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 2019
  • “Blockchain’s Effects On Not-For-Profits”
    Illinois CPA Society 2018
  • “E-Discovery, Social Media and Cybersecurity”
    Heyl Royster's 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Spygate: Cyber Security - HIPAA/HITECH Requirements/Confidentiality & Data Breaches”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Outlining Your Plan of Action”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2014
  • “Social Security Liens In Tort Litigation”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2012
  • “What Every Claims Professional Needs to Know About Conflicts of Interest, Good Faith Duty to Settle and Time Limit Demands”
    Heyl Royster 2007
  • “Recent Developments in Case Law”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago and Springfield presentations 2001

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Managing Editor, Missouri Law Review

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • President, Springfield Midtown Rotary
  • Commissioner, Springfield International Visitors Commission
  • Past Captain, Missouri Air National Guard
  • Past/Present of the Notre Dame Alumni Association of Central Illinois
  • Past board member of Springfield Big Brothers/Big Sisters