Heyl Royster


John Heil

John Heil


  • “A Fatal Fall in Jail Custody Was Not the Result of Deliberate Indifference,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2018) - Download Article
  • “Plaintiffs’ Section 1983 Right to Poll the Jury: Recent Seventh Circuit Jurisprudence,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2017) - Download Article
  • “It Means What it Says: The Proper Definition of Willful and Wanton Misconduct under the Tort Immunity Act,” Civil Practice & Procedure IDC Defense Update (2017) - Download Article
  • “Consciously Guard Against Unconscious Bias In The Workplace,” InterBusiness Issues (2017) – Download Article
  • “Animal Abuse Case Provides Reminder as to the Low Federal Pleading Standard,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2016) - Download Article
  • “Is This Really Happening? The Emerging Use of Drones for Commercial Purposes,” Skywritings, The Newsletter of the Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (2016) - Download Article
  • "Botched Investigation or Cover-Up? Either Way, It May Not Be a Constitutional Violation," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2015) - Download Article
  • "Attack of the Drones: Small Unmanned Aircraft Claims Are on Their Way," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2015) - Download Article
  • "The Seventh Circuit's Footnotes Question the Failure to Raise Available Immunities," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014) - Download Article
  • "Accrual of Deliberate Indifference Claims Premised on Medical Treatment Errors," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2013) - Download Article
  • "To Be or Not To Be: A State Entity Intergovernmental Police Task Force Is Entitled to Eleventh Amendment Immunity," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2012) - Download Article
  • "Mental Illness, Extreme Danger Creation, and the Denial of Qualified Immunity," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2012) - Download Article
  • "Prosecutor's Office Not Subject to Section 1983 'Failure to Train' Liability in the Absence of a Demonstrated Pattern of Similar Brady Violations," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2012) - Download Article
  • "No Matter How Egregious, Bad Acts Do Not Spawn Section 1983 Liability Unless Performed Under Color of State Law," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2011) - Download Article
  • "Your Qualified Immunity Defense Was Denied at Summary Judgment. Will the Court of Appeals Have Jurisdiction Over Your Interlocutory Appeal?" Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2010) - Download Article
  • "The Supreme Court Abandons an Inflexible Application of the Saucier Two-Step," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2009) - Download Article
  • "Defending Governmental Entities in Section 1983 Claims," IDC Fall Conference (2009) - Download Article
  • "Do Not Forget About the Law Enforcement Investigatory Privilege," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2008) - Download Article
  • "Rule 41(a) Voluntary Dismissal in Federal Court Takes Effect Immediately Upon Filing, Not When Docketed," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2008) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Civil Rights Litigation Under Section 1983”
    Heyl Royster’s Annual Governmental Holiday Seminar 2018
  • “Drones and Insurance”
    CorVel U Fall Seminar 2018
  • “Advancing Your Case in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois & Practice Pointers: Section 1983 Law”
    The Federal Bar Association’s Central District of Illinois Chapter Seminar 2018
  • “Tort Immunity & Civil Rights Update”
    Heyl Royster’s 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2018
  • “Tortious & Intentional Interference with Business Relations ‘More than Defamation’”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation Part Deux” Seminar 2018
  • “Commercial Drones: Flying into Litigation Turbulence”
    Defense Research Institute’s Business Litigation Seminar 2017
  • “Can I Park My Drone Here? How the FAA’s New Drone Regulations Affect Your District”
    Illinois Association of Park Districts Legal Symposium 2016
  • “Legal Aspects of Drones: Where We Are & Where We Are Heading”
    Greater Peoria Claims Association's Annual Vendor Fair & Educational Seminar 2016
  • “Unboxing Case Law: An Insurance Law Update”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Preserving Electronic Information: Protect your business in the event of a lawsuit or the threat of a lawsuit.”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation” Seminar, Peoria 2016
  • “The Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act”
    Peoria County Bar Association Civil Practice Seminar 2016
  • “All I Want for the Holidays Is a Drone: Permitted Uses Today and What to Expect Tomorrow”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Lunch & Learn Seminar, Peoria, IL 2015
  • “Malicious Prosecution Claims: Recent Developments as to When Coverage is Triggered”
    Heyl Royster 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Body Cameras: All That Is Seen & Unseen”
    Heyl Royster 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accommodations Basics”
    Heyl Royster Quarterly Business & Commercial Litigation Seminar 2013
  • “Governmental Liability and Immunities”
    ILSAAP Conference for Newly Elected State’s Attorneys 2013
  • “The Personnel Records Review Act: Your Obligations Under Illinois Law”
    Heyl Royster Quarterly Business & Commercial Litigation Seminar 2011
  • “Liquor Liability: Social Hosts & Other Issues”
    Heyl Royster's 26th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2011
  • “Employer Provided Technology: Potential Liability”
    Heyl Royster Quarterly Business & Commercial Litigation Seminar 2011