Heyl Royster



Heyl Royster Announces New Managing Partner


Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., is pleased to announce that Craig S. Young has been elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner effective October 1, 2018. Young succeeds Timothy L. Bertschy, who has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since September of 2014.

Young is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and he formerly served as chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He has represented clients in many areas of the firm’s practice, and is primarily known as a nationally recognized Workers' Compensation defense lawyer. He has spoken extensively on Workers’ Compensation law at local and national industry events. Young has a strong reputation for advising clients on the overall management of their workers' compensation risk.

“I look forward to furthering the successes the firm has experienced under Tim’s leadership” said Young, “and to play a role in continuing the firm’s Midwest growth.”

During Bertschy’s term as Managing Partner, the firm relocated into new offices in Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, IL and opened a new office in St. Louis, MO. 

“Craig’s understanding of the culture of this firm and what we stand for, coupled with his integrity, make him the perfect choice to lead our firm going forward,” Bertschy said. “He is a great lawyer with an unparalleled record of community service.”  

A native of Canton, IL and graduate of Bradley University (summa cum laude, 1982), Young started at Heyl Royster as a summer clerk in 1983 while enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1985. He joined the firm as an associate that same year and became a partner in 1992.

Young is a former president of the Peoria County Bar Association (2014-2015). In recognition of his many contributions to the Peoria-area community, in 2008 Young received the Peoria County Bar Association's Distinguished Community Service Award. He has served as president of the Heart of Illinois United Way. He is past Advisory Board Chair of the Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army, and the recipient of its 2012 William Booth Award for Community Service. In 1994, he was instrumental in forming and serving on the Peoria Community Teen Pregnancy Task Force. He chaired Peoria's delegation to the President's Summit on Volunteerism.

Young has served as president of the Bradley University National Alumni Board and as vice president of Financial Support for that board. He has served as the Board president of Lutheran Senior Ministries and as Church Council president of the Salem Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Abraham Lincoln Court and Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, National Workers' Compensation Committee).