The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces the addition of attorneys in their Edwardsville and Chicago offices.

Barry S. Noeltner will return to Heyl Royster to practice in the Edwardsville office. He formerly worked with the firm from 1985 through 1988.

Until recently, he lived and practiced in Atlanta, first as a partner with the law firm of Hawkins & Parnell, and then as a successful solo practitioner. Noeltner has practiced in the areas of personal injury, construction and insurance coverage matters and is licensed to practice in Georgia and Illinois.

He has taken numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts and has handled appellate matters in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

At Heyl Royster, Noeltner will continue to practice in the areas of the defense of personal injury cases, construction litigation and insurance coverage. In addition, he will handle cases involving the defense of medical malpractice liability, as well as environmental and toxic torts matters.

Daniel J. Cheely and Stephen R. Ayres, formerly of Cheely, O'Flaherty & Ayres, have joined Heyl Royster in Chicago, where they will practice in the areas of asbestos/toxic tort and general litigation.

They will practice out of Heyl Royster's offices at 19 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1203.

A partner in Cheely, O'Flaherty & Ayres since 1994, Cheely has substantial litigation experience in the areas of toxic tort litigation, employment, product liability, and medical malpractice defense. He has defended hundreds of cases alleging injuries or disease from asbestos and other environmental agents brought against equipment and building material manufacturers, construction contractors, and property owners.

He was formerly a capital partner in the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where he also served has the chairman of associate training and evaluation for the Chicago litigation department. He has been active in public, charitable, political and cultural affairs, and interviewed at various times by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and Chicago Magazine, on radio, and on television for Chicago Tonight.

Ayres, also a partner in Cheely, O'Flaherty & Ayres, has focused his practice in civil litigation in the areas of toxic tort and asbestos defense, insurance coverage, employment litigation, construction disputes, and general litigation. He is a frequent speaker at Illinois CLE programs on construction litigation, mold litigation and insurance coverage issues. He is a former partner at Baker & McKenzie.

The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen has more than 100 lawyers among its offices in Urbana, Peoria, Springfield, Rockford, Edwardsville and Chicago.

The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. The firm has been named to the 2012 list of Top Ranked Law Firms by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. The list is comprised of firms where at least one-third of the firm's lawyers have achieved the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale has a database of more than 250,000 law firms, of those, less than 1,000 firms were named to its Top Ranked list.

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