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Heyl Royster

 

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Maura Yusof (Of Counsel)

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Maura’s practice spans a wide variety of litigation – from commercial disputes to medical malpractice and product liability claims to employment law. Her primary areas of practice include commercial litigation, product liability, construction and premises liability, healthcare, cannabis business & law, and medical malpractice defense. As a primary focus of her commercial practice, she has worked on several cases related to retail sales tax sourcing litigation. Her practice also encompasses large loss property subrogation matters pending throughout the United States and internationally. She has mediated and arbitrated numerous cases, including a three-week arbitration in Tokyo, Japan, that resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery for a construction defect matter, which arbitration award the Japanese courts affirmed on appeal. Her practice has involved various types of property damage claims, including construction defects, product defects, fires, explosions, and boiler and turbine failures. The nature of her practice has required regular analysis of contract documents, including whether exculpatory provisions and limitations of liability are enforceable based on the applicable state's law. In the subrogation area, her experience also includes obtaining recoveries arising out of workers’ compensation claims.

Maura began her legal career with Heyl Royster in 2002, when she worked at the firm's Edwardsville office primarily representing corporate defendants in asbestos toxic tort litigation for serious injury cases pending in Madison County, Illinois, including product liability and premises liability claims. In 2004, Maura moved to Chicago and expanded her litigation practice to large loss property subrogation matters. In 2010, Maura returned to Heyl Royster to handle commercial litigation and other civil matters pending in Chicago as well as asbestos toxic tort claims.

Maura was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and speaks fluent Dari, a dialect of Persian.

Significant Cases

  • Hartney Fuel Oil Company v. Hamer 2013 IL 115130 Suit was filed by a retail sales taxpayer against our client, The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), the Illinois Department of Revenue, and a Cook County municipality contending that the assessment of back sales taxes of $20+ million was incorrect. Ultimately, the RTA's position was upheld in the Illinois Supreme Court. While the taxpayer was not required to pay back taxes pursuant to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the Illinois Supreme Court invalidated existing regulations in adopting a "multi-factor test" as argued for by the RTA, a decision which had statewide application to sales tax sourcing favoring governmental entities such as our client.

Publications

  • Law Review: Articles and Notes Editor, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy

Public Speaking

  • “Going to Pot? Anticipating and Preparing for Workplace Effects in the Wake of Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Pilot Program”
    IDC’s Employment Committee Seminar 2016
  • “Lakes and Other Bodies of Water In Parks: Special Liability Concerns”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Lakes and Other Bodies of Water in Parks: (Part 1) Special Liability Concerns; (Part 2) Risk Management and Insurance; and Parades and Festivals in Parks – Liability Issues and Recent Decisions”
    IAPD/IPRA "Soaring to New Heights" Conference 2016
  • “Parades and Festivals in Parks – Liability Issues and Recent Decisions”
    Illinois Association of Park Districts: Legal Symposium 2015
  • “Representing Medical Practices & Physicians: Medicare and Medicaid Liens”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, Illinois - April 29, 2015
  • “Concealed Carry in Illinois: Employer Rights and Responsibilities”
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Chicago, IL 2014
  • “Triggering the Policy”
    DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Construction Defect Track 2012
  • “Settlement Pitfalls”
    Heyl Royster's 26th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2011

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – President's Commendation for Leadership and Service as part of the Cook County Cost & Delay Task Force, 2013
  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 2015 and 2016 list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers. Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2016). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.

Professional Associations

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Illinois Women in Cannabis
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International Group
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Courts, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (General and Trial Bar), Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania (MDL)
  • Pro hac vice admittance in State Courts of Indiana, New York, Oregon, Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, and internationally in Japan and Taiwan