Michael Ward

Practice Groups:

Product Liability

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Office Locations:

Edwardsville, IL



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  • Juris Doctor, Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science-Accounting, Southern Illinois University, 2000

Year Joined Firm



Heyl Royster


Michael Ward (Of Counsel)

Michael concentrates his practice on the defense of small and large companies involved in complex litigation in the areas of products liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation. He oversees all phases of litigation, including conducting discovery, investigation and analysis of evidence, research and preparation of motions, deposing and defending fact and expert witnesses, and preparing for and participating at trial. Michael tailors his development and implementation of defense strategies to meet the specific needs of each client. Michael's reputation and advocacy for his clients have led to the successful defense and resolution of a variety of cases.

A native of Harrisburg, Illinois, Michael joined Heyl Royster in 2015. He began his career at a mid-sized Illinois firm focusing on the defense of premises owners and various manufacturers against claims involving toxic exposures and product liability actions. Michael then worked for a national law firm where he led a team of individuals representing a former major manufacturer of boilers who had been named in asbestos litigation. He coordinated its defense across numerous jurisdictions, including in state and federal courts in Illinois and Missouri, while helping to expand and oversee its litigation strategy. In addition, Michael has experience in the defense of numerous other types of products in the area of toxic torts, including HVAC equipment, automotive products, building materials, pumps, and valves.

Significant Cases

  • O’Connell v. Bondex International, Inc., et al.


"Jury Service in Illinois: Amendments to the Illinois Jury Act," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2007)

"Use of Prior Depositions in Mass Tort Cases," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2007)

"Online Pharmaceutical Regulation: An Avenue to a Safer World," The Journal of Legal Medicine (2003)

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Madison County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar Association

Court Admissions

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