Bruce L. Bonds

Adjunct Professor

Bruce is the immediate past chair of our state-wide workers' compensation practice group and has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster beginning in 1982 in the Peoria office. He concentrates his expertise in the area of workers' compensation, third-party defense of employers, and employment law. He served as a technical advisor to the combined employers group in the negotiations which culminated in the 2005 revisions to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Bruce was recently appointed by Amy Masters, acting chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, to a committee of attorneys who will be reviewing and making recommendations for revisions to the rules governing practice before the Workers' Compensation Commission.

With extensive experience before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Bruce has defended employers in thousands of cases during the course of his career. As a result of his experience and success, his services are sought by self-insureds, insurance carriers, and TPAs.

Bruce is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law where he has taught workers' compensation law to upper-level students since 1998.

Bruce has co-authored a book with Kevin Luther of the firm's Rockford office entitled Illinois Workers' Compensation Law, 2009-2010 Edition, which was recently published by West. The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of workers' compensation law in Illinois.

Bruce is a frequent speaker on workers' compensation issues at bar association and industry-sponsored seminars.

Bruce has served as vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Employment, chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Council on Workers' Compensation, and currently serves on the Employment Law Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation Committee. He has been designated as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Record; another survey published recently by Chicago Lawyer Magazine named Bruce one of the "Best Lawyers in Illinois" for 2008.