Toney Tomaso

Practice Groups:

Workers’ Compensation

Office Locations:

Champaign, IL

Edwardsville, IL



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  • Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts (Golden Key Honor Society), University of Illinois, 1992

Year Joined Firm



Heyl Royster


Toney Tomaso (Partner)

Toney is chair of the firm's statewide Workers' Compensation Practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, third-party defense of employers, workers' compensation appeals, and protecting workers' compensation liens.

Toney works out of the Champaign and Edwardsville offices covering a vast majority of the state of Illinois for workers' compensation docket and trial coverage purposes. Based upon the current makeup and system put in place by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Toney has become familiar with most, if not all, of the Arbitrators and Commissioners who have been appointed by the IWCC.

Toney takes great pride in working directly with employers and their insurance carriers in order to build an important relationship and foster a team mentality and approach to defending workers' compensation claims. This includes consistent and constant communication and on-site meetings to enable and form the trust within the team which has proven to be an important formula in protecting the client's most important asset - the client's business itself.

Significant Cases

  • Land v. Montgomery Eight week medical malpractice class action lawsuit.
  • Jerry Grant v. Clennon Electric, et al. 02-WC-10537/09 MR 503

Public Speaking

“Accident Caused By Risks Resulting from Everyday Activities: Moving Toward A New Standard?”
Illinois Association of County Board Members Seminar 2018

“Combating the Opioid Crisis in the State of Illinois”
Heyl Royster’s 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018

“Workers’ Compensation Law Updates: 2018”
Workers’ Compensation Updates Seminar

“X’s and O’s: Practice Pointer Forum”
Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017

“'This Just In: AMA Is Doing Its Job' - An Update On The Job It’s Doing”
Heyl Royster 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015

“AMA Impairment Ratings: Things Are Looking Up (Since the 2011 Amendments)”
Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2014

“Recent Impact of AMA Ratings in Workers’ Compensation”
Heyl Royster 2013

“Use of Utilization Review Under the New Act”
Heyl Royster 2012

“Opportunities for TTD Defenses”
Heyl Royster 2011

“Repetitive Trauma Defense Strategies”
Heyl Royster 2010

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Professional Recognition

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.

Professional Associations

  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce / Workers’ Compensation Division

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club; Board of Directors (Immediate Past President)
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church; Volunteer Services