Heyl Royster

 

Keith Fruehling

Keith Fruehling


Significant Cases

  • Bond v. Atkinson - We represented law enforcement officials in a civil rights lawsuit where plaintiff contended that the defendants violated her constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment by treating requests from victims of domestic violence with less priority than other crimes, and failing to remove guns from her home without a court order. The federal claims were dismissed.
  • Est. of Janet Hahn v. Health Professionals, Ltd. (HPL) And Champaign County, Illinois - We represented jail health care providers and county officials in a federal civil rights lawsuit where plaintiff contended that the defendants violated her rights under the Fourteenth Amendment by acting with deliberate indifference and/or common negligence towards her diabetic condition. The federal court granted summary judgment to both HPL and the County on all federal claims. The Estate of Janet Hahn appealed that decision to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals where we successfully defended the appeal with that court affirming the District Court’s decision. Plaintiff then attempted to appeal to the United States Supreme Court by filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept the case and the judgment stood in favor of the jail health care providers and county officials.
  • Estate of Leon Rademacher v. Teledyne Industries, Inc., Teledyne Continental Motor, et al. - Estate brought Wrongful Death and Survival Act case on behalf of successful farmer, young husband and father against aviation mechanic and other defendants alleging negligence and product liability caused plane operated by friend to crash land. Following a six-week trial, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict on behalf of our client.
  • A.F.S.C.M.E. v. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich - Illinois Governor made the executive decision to close the Pontiac Prison – part of the Illinois Department of Corrections system. In response, The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.) and others filed suit against the Governor and other defendants claiming the Governor did not have the right to take that action and sought a writ of mandamus Order commanding the Governor to reverse his decision and to continue operating the prison. A.F.S.C.M.E. also sought a temporary restraining Order (T.R.O.) preventing the Governor or the Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections from taking any action consistent with closing the prison until the court ruled on the plaintiff's request for the writ. We responded to the plaintiff's T.R.O. asking the court to deny the issuance of the T.R.O. and filed a Motion to Dismiss the plaintiff's Complaint for Writ of Mandamus. The court denied the request for the temporary restraining order. The court later dismissed the entire cause of action brought by plaintiffs.
  • Land v. Montgomery Health Care - Three hundred class action plaintiffs brought medical malpractice case alleging negligent and intentional acts against the defendant. Defendant denied the allegations of the various class members. After an eight week trial involving 25 members of the class, the parties reached a favorable, settlement agreement.
  • Melvina Hopkins, as Mother and Next Friend of Charles Lee, a Minor, et al. v. Bergman, et al. - Mother and next friend of Minor brought negligence case against driver of a local school district school bus and driver of a private vehicle following accident where elementary school student stepped off of bus and was hit and injured by the private vehicle. After extensive discovery and mediation, the parties reached a favorable, settlement agreement.
  • Estate of Beavers v. Champaign County v. Evercom Systems - Estate of former inmate that committed suicide brought Section 1983 civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that County defendants and private telephone company were deliberately indifferent to the inmate's safety. After thorough discovery and mediation, the parties reached a favorable, settlement agreement.

Publications

  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois Sunshine Laws, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • "Survey of Local Government Law Cases," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2013 Survey of Law (2014) - Download Article
  • "Tort Immunity Act," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph (2014) – Download Article
  • "Ethical Issues for Government Attorneys," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2014) - Read Article
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2011, 2013)
  • "Employee Manuals: Managing Expectations/Complying with the Law," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2011) - Download Article
  • "Public Unions and the Collective Bargaining Process," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter(2011) - Download Article
  • "A New Court Opinion on the Open Meetings Act: Is Your Notice, Agenda, and Meeting Site Good Enough for a Special Meeting?" Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Without Fear or Fervor," Defense Research Institute Judicial Task Force - Contributing author.  The paper explored the current issues facing modern judiciary and methods of constructively addressing those issues. (2007)

Public Speaking

  • “Janus Supreme Court Ruling & Civil Rights: Glisson Decision”
    Illinois Association of County Board Members Seminar 2018
  • “The Open Meetings Act, explained”
    Heyl Royster 2018
  • “New Employment Laws Update”
    Illinois Association of County Board Members 2017
  • “Cyber Liability for Public Entities”
    Heyl Royster’s Governmental Holiday Seminar 2017
  • “The Essentials on Police Litigation: From Start to Finish”
    National Business Institute 2016
  • “Body Worn Cameras and the Future of Excessive Force Litigation”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Public Duty Rule Panel/Tort Immunity”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “Setting the Lineup: The Construction Contract and GL Insurance: 10 Things Every Attorney Should Know”
    IDC Spring Symposium 2014
  • “Liability Issues Training”
    McDonough County, Illinois Sheriff's Office 2014
  • “It Ain’t Easy Being [a] Green Government”
    I.L.E.A.S. - Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System 2012
  • “Cemetery Maintenance Districts – Laying Important Issues to Rest”
    I.L.E.A.S. - Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System 2012
  • “Personnel Records Review Act and Related Concerns with the Freedom of Information Act”
    I.L.E.A.S. - Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System 2011
  • “Legislative and Tort Immunity Update”
    I.L.E.A.S. - Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System 2011
  • “Illinois Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act Amendments and Update - Local Governmental Law”
    Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System 2010
  • “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Update”
    Heyl Royster 2008
  • “Litigation and the Importance of Insurance”
    Illinois Drainage District Association 2007
  • “Current Evidentiary Issues: Collateral Source Rule (Arthur v. Catour)”
    Heyl Royster 2005
  • “Setting the Pace: FAQs - What Comes Into Evidence and What Does Not”
    Heyl Royster 2004