James Grabowski

Practice Groups:

Product Liability

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL



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  • Juris Doctor, Southern Illinois University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science-Finance, Southern Illinois University, 1998

Year Joined Firm



Heyl Royster


James Grabowski (Partner)

Jim has primary responsibility of coordinating the defense of asbestos clients. This includes litigation management, associate supervision, preparation of defense strategies, discovery, document review and production, and medical and non-medical records collection. In addition he conducts and defends discovery and evidence depositions of fact witnesses, corporate representatives, treating physicians, and experts. He also communicates and coordinates with experts to obtain reviews.   

In addition, Jim serves as an arbitrator for the Madison County Bar.

A native of Streator, Illinois, Jim joined Heyl Royster in 2013. Jim started his career at a general insurance defense law firm in St. Louis, Missouri from 2001 through 2002. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Jim practiced with a mid-sized Illinois firm (2002-2013), where he focused on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including representing clients sued for alleged asbestos liabilities. He represented and coordinated all aspects of asbestos litigation for clients sued in multiple jurisdictions including, Illinois, Missouri, Delaware, Texas, New York and California.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2013-2015). 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 State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)
  • The Missouri Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity – Former Board Member, Chair of Fundraising