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Theresa focuses her practice on defending medical professionals in both medical malpractice claims and civil rights litigation. She defends civil rights claims filed by inmates within the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the clinical psychology facilitators at the State of Illinois sex offender treatment facility in both civil rights and state law claims.
She also defends law enforcement officers in civil rights and employment law claims. The civil rights matters range from claims of excessive force to allegations of deliberate indifference under the 8th and 14th amendments. Theresa has also spent time with local law enforcement officers attending TASER training and tactics to assist in defending these claims.
Theresa also has experience defending employment law involving age, gender and race discrimination claims. She successfully defended a sex discrimination claim filed by a female physician against an area hospital after defeating a preliminary injunction. Her experience also involves handling retaliation and interference claims under FMLA as well as workers compensation based retaliation claims. Her employment law litigation clients include hospitals, public school districts and nationally known corporations.
Although her practice is currently primarily in federal court, Theresa has defended, and continues to defend, Illinois state law casualty claims – including premises, personal injury, and products liability claims, as well as medical malpractice claims.
Theresa has extensive litigation and trial experience in these matters. She has tried 30 cases with most resulting in verdicts for her clients or in verdicts for the plaintiff well below the amounts offered prior to trial.
Theresa has been with Heyl Royster since 1998 and became a partner in 2004. She also works with the School of Medicine and serves as a presenter for the medical school in conducting mock depositions for medical students. She has presented to various medical groups and clinical psychologists regarding litigation issues.