Heyl Royster



Heyl Royster Announces Five New Partners


Heyl Royster announces that five attorneys have become partners with the firm: John Redlingshafer in the Peoria office, Joseph Guyette and Cheri Stuart in the Urbana office, and Sara Ingram and Gary Pinter in the Edwardsville office.

Joseph Guyette
Joe concentrates his practice in the areas of workers' compensation defense, professional liability and employment matters. Joe has taken several bench and jury trials to verdict. He has handled workers' compensation arbitration hearings at venues throughout the state, and has argued multiple cases before the Workers' Compensation Commission. Joe received his J.D. from University of Illinois, where he served as Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.


Sara Ingram
Sara focuses her practice in the area of general tort litigation, with a particular interest in the defense of asbestos claims, healthcare matters, and professional liability cases. Sara had been involved in the defense of numerous asbestos personal injury suits involving parties in both Illinois and Missouri. Sara received her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she served as a Taylor Mattis Fellow and was a student member of the American College of Legal Medicine. Sara also served as a legal intern for the legal department at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University.


Gary Pinter
Gary defends a broad range of litigation, including complex toxic tort, product liability, premises liability, professional liability, trucking and transportation, insurance coverage, defamation and other general personal injury and property damage liability matters.  Gary serves as the client team leader for several of the firm’s clients defending asbestos personal injury lawsuits; assisting with the defense, resolution and management of those claims. Gary is also a member of the ISBA's Insurance Law Section, which includes quarterly submissions to its publication - The Policy. Prior to law school, Gary served in the U.S. Army between 2000 and 2004, which included being selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Army's Primary Leadership Development Course and service in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a non-commissioned officer. Gary graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University's College of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and was published in its Journal.  Prior to his enlistment in the U.S. Army, he received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University in the Administration of Justice.


John Redlingshafer
John is chair of the firm's Governmental Practice and a member of the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice.  In the area of governmental law, he represents numerous townships, villages, fire districts, road districts, and other governmental entities in a broad range of issues, including negotiation and consultation. John has also worked with governmental bodies and private developers/corporations in various aspects of zoning, annexation, and eminent domain law. John was elected to a four year term on the Tazewell County Board this past November, and was appointed to its Land Use, Human Resources, and Finance Committees.  John also serves on the East Peoria Fire and Police Commission. John received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.A. in International Relations magna cum laude from Bradley University.


Cheri Stuart
Cheri focuses her practice representing doctors and hospitals in the areas of medical malpractice litigation, hospital liability defense, and long term care facility defense. The scope of her practice also includes representation of health care professionals in proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Cheri has extensive trial experience, including recently obtaining a defense verdict in a $5 million wrongful death claim. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she served as a registered nurse in a hospital setting and as a nurse case manager for health insurance companies. During law school, Cheri worked as a nurse-paralegal. Cheri graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, received her B.S. in Health Arts from College of St Francis, and obtained her Diploma in Nursing from Lakeview School of Nursing.