Heyl Royster



Firm Continues to Build Strength in 2012


During the past year, Heyl Royster continued to strategically grow in areas that enable the firm to provide the top-ranked legal services that are important to our clients.

In August, the firm expanded in Chicago by opening an office at 19 S. LaSalle Street, and with the addition of Dan Cheely and Steve Ayres, formerly of Cheely, O'Flaherty & Ayres. Both Cheely and Ayres are also former partners at Baker & McKenzie. Cheely has substantial litigation experience in the areas of toxic tort litigation, employment, product liability, and medical malpractice defense. Ayres has focused his practice in civil litigation in the areas of toxic tort and asbestos defense, insurance coverage, employment litigation, construction disputes, and general litigation. Joining them in the Chicago office was Maura Yusof, who had returned to Heyl Royster as Of Counsel in 2010. Yusof will handle civil matters pending in Chicago and nearby jurisdictions and continue to work with the firm’s asbestos clients. Her primary areas of practice will include construction and premises liability, product liability, healthcare and medical malpractice defense, and subrogation recovery for large property damage claims as well as subrogation arising from workers’ compensation matters.

The firm's Edwardsville office added Barry Noeltner as Of Counsel and Associate Shay Matthews. Noeltner formerly worked with the firm from 1985-1988, and has practiced in the areas of personal injury, construction, and insurance coverage. Noeltner has taken numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts and has handled appellate matters in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Matthews, a 2010 graduate of Washington University School of Law, served as a law clerk to The Honorable Daniel Schmidt of the Illinois Appellate Court. He handles cases in toxic torts, product liability, and general tort litigation.

In Peoria, the firm added two lateral attorneys, Tyler Pratt and Andrew Bell. Pratt, a 2010 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, concentrates in the area of professional liability, truck and commercial transportation litigation, and tort litigation. Bell received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2009, and focuses on defending clients in the areas of railroad, tort, and business and commercial litigation.

The Springfield office added attorneys Tyler Robinson, Joseph Rupcich, and Brett Siegel. Robinson, a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, was previously with another firm in Springfield where he handled qui tam litigation in the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, as well as in Florida, Kentucky, and Texas. Rupcich previously practiced with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and clerked for both Justice Sue Myerscough and Justice John McCullough of the Fourth District Appellate Court. Siegel, a 2012 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, represents clients in tort litigation and defends employers in workers' compensation cases.

In Rockford, the firm was joined by Associate Joseph Pumilia, a 2012 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law. In law school, Pumilia was selected to the Law Review Board of Editors and represented the University in the TYLA National Trial Competition. He also clerked for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Pumilia represents clients in tort litigation.