Nathan Henderson

Practice Groups:


Casualty/Tort Litigation

Environmental Law

Product Liability

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL



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  • Juris Doctor, Southern Illinois University Law School, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts-History and Political Science, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2000

Year Joined Firm



Heyl Royster


Nathan Henderson (Partner)

Nathan concentrates his practice in the defense of complex transportation claims and toxic tort litigation.
Nathan’s primary responsibility is the defense of significant cases arising from accidents involving the firm’s motor carrier clients. He is involved with the development of the entire case from assessment of liability to the development of a defense strategy, motion practice, and through resolution. Understanding that the best way to defend a trucking case is to get involved at the earliest possible moment, Nathan makes himself available to clients at any time of day or night to respond to a truck accident and conduct an on-site investigation is often crucial to producing a successful outcome. These investigations not only provide valuable information, but also provide comfort to the involved drivers, who are most often alone and without the support system necessary to handle the mental and emotional stresses of having been in an accident.
Nathan enjoys working with the people involved in the trucking industry. He knows the importance of trucking to our nation, promotes its worth, and recognizes the dangers of the increasing attacks against it. Nathan’s extensive experience in the defense of complex civil litigation has given him an understanding of the various tactics utilized by his opponents and he recognizes the importance of preparation for both his clients and himself. He knows that a case can be won or lost at the deposition. Nathan spends time with his clients, builds a rapport, and fully prepares them to handle the rigors of examination by seasoned plaintiffs’ attorneys.
Additionally, Nathan defends companies of all sizes in toxic tort litigation, with an emphasis on asbestos-related products liability and premises liability actions. He oversees the development of defense strategies and the preparation of significant motions and briefs. Nathan is also responsible for conducting the depositions of plaintiffs, coworkers, corporate witnesses, and expert witnesses.


“The Infestation of the Trucking Industry: Lawyers, Snakes, and Politicians,” Heyl Royster Trucking Practice E-Newsletter (Fall 2020)

"Beware of Ice: Natural v. Unnatural Accumulation," IDC Defense Update (2009)

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2017). 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
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)

Court Admissions

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

Community Involvement

  • Alderman, Ward IV, City of Troy, Illinois (Mayor Pro Tem, Chairman of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, Member of Law Enforcement Committee) (2017-Present))