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Heyl Royster



Andrew Keyt (Partner)


Andy concentrates his practice in the defense of product liability and premises liability claims, and the representation and counseling of governmental entities.

Andy represents numerous private sector clients in litigation throughout the state of Illinois, particularly defendants in asbestos-related cases. He has handled numerous trials, mediations, and arbitrations. His clients include equipment manufacturers, premises owners, miners, and contractors.  He handles cases throughout Illinois, in state and federal courts, and in multi-district litigation.

Andy also represents and counsels a number of governmental entities in Illinois on a range of issues, particularly the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and Illinois' Tort Immunity Act. Andy has also authored a number of publications, and given presentations statewide, on an array of government-related issues. He is a participating author for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publications, and has authored numerous articles related to the representation of governmental entities.

Significant Cases

  • Woodford County, Illinois – Defense of farmer sued for breach of contract by seed-corn company. Defense verdict after jury trial.
  • Peoria County, Illinois – Defended a manufacturing client in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by the client's former advertising agency, which was ultimately resolved through mediation.
  • McLean County, Illinois – Prosecuted a subrogation claim against truck maintenance provider on theory of negligent maintenance of brakes.


  • Administrative Adjudication Hearing Officer for Municipal Ordinance Violations


  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois Sunshine Laws, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016) - Download Article
  • "The Attorney-Client Relationship," chapter in Illinois Civil Practice: Opening the Case, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009, 2015) - Download Article
  • "Contracts" chapter in Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation and Home Rule, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2012, 2015) - Download Article
  • "Cemetery Maintenance Districts," chapter in Special Districts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009, 2014) - Download Article
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2011, 2013) - Download Article
  • "The Freedom of Information Act: Change is Here," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Illinois Tort Immunity Act Part 2," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Good Samaritans in California May Think Twice Before Rendering Aid to the Injured: Could the Same Happen in Illinois?" Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
  • "Legislative Update," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
  • "The Tort Immunity Act," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2009) - Download Article
  • "Repairing and Restoring Private Cemeteries," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2008) - Download Article
  • "DeSpain v. City of Collinsville and the Freedom of Information Act: What Do We Do When a Citizen Requests Our Meeting Audiotapes?" Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2008) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Do You Comply with the Prevailing Wage Act?”
    IAPD and IPRA Soaring to New Heights Annual Conference 2018
  • “Dealing with OMA and FOIA During Litigation: Staying in Front of the Issues”
    Heyl Royster “Sunshine Laws” Governmental Seminar 2018
  • “Prevailing Wage Act: Are you in Compliance?”
    104th Annual Illinois Municipal League Conference 2017
  • “Liability Issues for Public Bodies in Car Accident Cases”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Get Organized”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
  • “Freedom of Information Laws for Employers”
    Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
  • “Public Duty Rule Panel/Tort Immunity”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Contract Considerations for Townships”
    Township Officials of Illinois Annual Conference 2015
  • “Introduction to the Illinois Tort Immunity Act”
    IAPD/IPRA "Soaring to New Heights" Conference 2015
  • “Illinois Tort Immunity Case Law Update”
    Heyl Royster's 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Enforcement of Open Meetings Act”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Chicago & Bloomington 2011
  • “Pending Changes to the Freedom of Information Act”
    Annual Illinois Fire Protection District Association Meeting 2009
  • “Fire District Liability for Emergency Response”
    IDOT 2009
  • “Legal Concerns, Discussion, and Questions”
    Township Highway Commissioners of Illinois Summer Seminar 2009
  • “Liability for Failure to Comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices”
    Heyl Royster Fall Seminar for Governmental Entities 2008
  • “Substantive Recreation Law”
    Abraham Lincoln American Inn of Court 2008
  • “FOIA”
    Special Librarians Luncheon, Alliance Library System 2008

Professional Associations

  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Abraham Lincoln Court

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois 

Community Involvement

  • St. Jude volunteer at Brimfield Pork Chop Dinner for almost 20 years