Stephen Heine

Member

Steve has tried cases throughout the State of Illinois in the areas of trucking, railroad, automobile, professional liability, products liability, construction and first-party property insurance claims. He is the Chair of the Property Insurance Practice Group. He began his career with Heyl Royster in 1983 in the Peoria office, having practiced elsewhere beginning in 1981.

Steve served as the President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2004-2005). He is currently President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. He served as the DRI State Representative for Illinois for several years. He is a member of the DRI Board of Directors.

Steve has published many articles on various trial practice and evidence issues. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, the official journal of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He has spoken on a wide variety of subjects for local, state and national bar associations including the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Property Loss and Liability Insurance Research Bureaus.

He has been named an Illinois "Super Lawyer," and designated one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Transportation Defense: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Property Insurance Coverage
  • Catastrophic Injury Defense
  • Arson and Fraud
  • Fire Claims
  • Complex Litigation

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Illinois State University
    • Bachelor of Science - 1978
    • Major: Corrections

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Past Positions

Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Chicago Magazine, 2007 - 2012
  • One of the Leading Lawyers, Illinois Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Railroad Law, 2013 - 2016
  • DRI Service Award, 2014
  • Distinguished Member Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2013
  • DRI State Leadership Award, 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1995
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation, 2005
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 - 2016
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2003

Classes & Seminars

  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims”, Presentation to Erie Insurance, East Peoria, IL, 2005
  • “Event Recorders and Locomotive Camera Video in Litigation. Or, the Case of Unlucky Locomotive 928,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) Winter Meeting, 2014
  • “How to Handle the Midnight Call and The Building Blocks of an Effective Defense,” Heyl Royster 29th Annual Claims Handling Seminar, 2014
  • "Federal Employers’ Liability Act,” DRI Annual Meeting, 2012
  • “Automobile Policy: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” PLRB, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • “Application Misrepresentation in Property and Casualty Policies,” PLRB, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims,” Heyl Royster, 2005
  • “Hazards Ahead: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” Heyl Royster, 2004
  • “The Defense of Closed Head Injury Claims,” Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • “Automobile Policy: Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Defenses,” PLRB, Chicago, IL, 2004

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member, Peoria Bicycle Club
  • Member, Illinois Valley Striders

Published Works

  • Insurance Law Survey, Southern Illinois University Law Journal
  • Evidence Law Survey, Southern Illinois University Law Journal
  • Tort Law Survey, Southern Illinois University Law Journal
  • “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Defense,” FELA Occupational Claims Litigation Course, 1996
  • “The Admissibility of Expert Reconstruction Testimony Where There is Also Eyewitness Testimony, Sometimes You See It, Sometimes You Don’t,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1996
  • “Duty of General Contractor to Independent Contractor’s Employee on Construction Site,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1999
  • “Extracontractual Damages in First-Party Property Insurance Claims,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1996
  • “Foundation and Admissibility of Videotape Surveillance,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1993
  • “Federal Safety Appliance Act,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1994
  • “Insurance Fraud Statute,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1993
  • “Surveillance Videotapes at Trial,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1997
  • “Punitive Damages – Complicity Rule Instruction,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1991
  • “Computer Records Foundation,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1993
  • “Open and Obvious Danger Doctrine is Not a Per Se Bar to Finding a Duty on the Part of a Landowner to Protect Against Injuries From Diving Into a Body of Water,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, 1999
  • Editor-in-Chief, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly

Fraternities or Sororities

Representative Clients

Representative Cases

  • Winkler v. BNSF, 2015
  • Burke v. BNSF, 2015
  • Furrow v. BNSF, 2014
  • Higgins v. BNSF US Central District of Illinois, 12 CV 3072, 2014
  • Nunez v. BNSF, 2013
  • Willis v. BNSF, 2013
  • Brown v. BNSF, 2013
  • Mwesigwa v. DAP, Inc., 2011
  • Thurman v. Hamm’s Holiday Harbor, 2005
  • O’Rourke v. Samsung, 2001
  • Bell v. BNSF, 2001
  • Rogers v. Gould
  • Moore v. Diamond-Star Motors, 1993
  • Miller et al. v. Koch, 1993
  • Fearnow and Colvin v. Steidinger, 1997
  • Bishop v. S.B., M.D., 1989
  • Whittaker v. Mueller, 1993

Certified Legal Specialties

Professional Associations

  • Peoria County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of the Seventh Federal Circuit, Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, President, 2004 to 2005
  • The National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Illinois State Representative
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Member
  • Commercial Transportation (Rail and Motor Carrier) Litigation Committee, Past Chair
  • DRI Board of Directors, Member

Current Employment Positions

  • Member

Ancillary Businesses

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