John Hoelzer

Practice Groups:

Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983

Medical Malpractice Defense

Office Locations:

Springfield, IL

Phone: 217.522.8822

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Education

  • Juris Doctor, Saint Louis University School of Law, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science (cum laude), Carleton College, 2004

Year Joined Firm

2014

 

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John Hoelzer (Associate)

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John’s practice focuses on defending: law enforcement officers and correctional service providers against charges of constitutional rights violations, business owners against claims of negligence involving personal injury and property damage, and healthcare professionals in cases alleging medical malpractice.

A Springfield native, John joined Heyl Royster after seven years of public service – first as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, and then as a Special Agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. While serving with the Missouri Attorney General's Office, John represented state employees and entities at both the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis on federal civil rights litigation and habeas corpus proceedings.

As a DEA agent, John conducted criminal investigations pursuant to the United States Controlled Substances Act. John's fieldwork included surveillance operations, tactical operations, and a variety of federal judicial proceedings.

John received his law degree from Saint Louis University, where he was a member of the national trial advocacy team and the national moot court team. While a law student, John received the Academic Excellence Award for legal ethics.

Prior to graduating from law school, John clerked in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois, and in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. John also clerked for the Saint Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, the Sangamon County State's Attorney, and the Springfield law firm of Posegate & Denes.

Public Speaking

  • “Hospital Liability Issues in the Treatment of Jail & Prison Inmates”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association 
  • The Missouri Bar Association 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit