Robert H. "Barney" Shultz, Jr., the managing partner of the Edwardsville office of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
The induction ceremony at which Shultz became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 800 people during the 2008 Annual Meeting of the College in Toronto, Ontario.
Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.
Fellowship is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state.
Shultz has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster beginning in 1978 in the Peoria office. He became a partner in 1985 and was responsible for opening the firm's Edwardsville office in 1987.
Shultz received his bachelor of arts in 1975 and his juris doctorate in 1978 from the University of Illinois. He is a member and serves as a vice chair of the Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Illinois College of Law.
The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen has more than 100 lawyers among its offices in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana, Rockford and Edwardsville. It is the largest law firm in the state that is based outside of Chicago.
The firm provides legal services for businesses, professionals, healthcare organizations, universities, insurance companies, and other major institutions.