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Heyl Royster

 

Practices

DESIGN PROFESSIONALS LITIGATION

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Heyl Royster has represented engineering and design agencies and professionals for decades and in the wide variety of claims in which these disciplines can be involved. Our defense of design-related personal injury cases dates back to the former Illinois Structural Work Act and has continued through cases brought pursuant to the Restatement (Second) of Torts, Section 414 and 343. We have handled construction and design defect cases related to roofs, curtain walls, windows and doors; EIFS (stucco) claims; and mechanical claims involving HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical. We have defended design professionals in claims involving the design of jails, prisons, hospitals, factories, and industrial facilities (manufacturing and warehouse), sports stadiums, and performing arts centers, as well as residential and condominium developments. Our attorneys have also represented civil engineers in claims involving site development, road and bridge construction, utilities, and storm water systems.

Heyl Royster understands the unique requirements of representing a design professional in a legal setting and has practical experience from working with design professionals in their own element, i.e., examining the concept from the beginning until execution, including contract development, drawings, bidding, construction administration, change orders, punch lists, and termination of the project. We have represented design professionals as designers, construction managers, design builders, and consultants.

Our experience, not only with courtroom litigation, but with arbitration and mediation (as both advocates and arbitrators or mediators), gives Heyl Royster the perspective and experience to develop the best strategy for reaching a just and economical result for our clients.