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Heyl Royster

 

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Daniel Wurl (Of Counsel)

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Dan has more than 30 years of experience in handling a variety of civil litigation matters in state and federal courts including defending healthcare clients in medical malpractice cases, representing insurers and insureds in tort cases, and representing businesses in commercial disputes.

Dan's representation of healthcare professionals includes representation in disciplinary proceedings with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. He has defended nursing homes and long-term care facilities in negligence actions and actions brought under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act arising out of pressure sores, falls, weight losses, and errors in recordkeeping. He has also defended attorneys and other professionals in actions based on claims of professional negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud.

Dan has represented numerous insurance companies and self-insured entities in the defense of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability, toxic torts, and environmental contamination.

Dan's commercial litigation experience includes representing corporations and individuals in business litigation involving breach of contract, breach of employment agreements, breach of warranties, and breach of shareholder and other corporate agreements.

After beginning his legal career in Columbus, Ohio, with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Dan has been in private practice in Urbana-Champaign since 1986 and was a partner in two firms. Dan joined Heyl Royster in 2013. He is an AV-rated attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois.

Dan has been active in the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a past Chair of the Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and the Insurance Law Section Council. He is currently a member of the Tort Law Section Council. He has authored numerous articles for ISBA publications.

Publications

  • “The Continuing Evolution of IPI No. 105.01,” Tort Trends Newsletter (2013) - Download Article
  • "Statute of Limitations," Legal Medicine Q & A (2013)
  • "Institutional Negligence," Legal Medicine Q & A (2013)
  • "IPI No. 105.01: Did the Supreme Court Committee Fix It or Break What Wasn't Broken?" Tort Trends (2010)
  • "General Principles of Trial Witness Disclosure Under Supreme Court Rule 213," Tort Trends (2008)
  • "An Update on Rule 213 Trial Witness Disclosure," Illinois Bar Journal (2007)
  • "The Illinois Supreme Court Makes Major Revisions to Trial Witness Disclosures Under Rule 213," Trial Briefs (2002)
  • "Institutional Negligence Claims Against Hospitals and Other Health Care Entities," Tort Trends (2001)
  • "The Do's and Don'ts of Rule 213 Opinion Witness Discovery," Illinois Bar Journal (2001)

Public Speaking

  • “Vicarious Liability – 'Why Should I Care?'”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation” Seminar 2016
  • “Believe Me, It Wasn’t Me (Examinations Under Oath)”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Challenges and Successes in the Defense of Lawsuits Involving Diagnostic Errors”
    Illinois Risk Management Services Annual Meeting 2010
  • “Legal Liability: An Attorney’s Perspective”
    Carle Foundation Hospital’s Back Care Forum on “The Back of the Athlete” 2008
  • “University of Illinois College of Law Trial Advocacy Program”
    Guest Lecturer 1998-2007

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council (1990-1998); Vice-Chair (1994-1996); Chair (1996-1997); Ex-Officio (1997-1998); Insurance Law Section Council (1997-2003); Secretary (1999-2000); Vice-Chair (2000-2001); Chair (2001-2002); Ex-Officio (2002-2003); Tort Law Section Council (1997-2003; 2006-Present); Task Force on Certification of Attorneys by Specialty (1997); Special Committee on Mentoring (2003-2006))
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Champaign County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Ilinois Bar Foundation – Silver Fellow
  • Past President and Board Member of Preservation & Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA)