Heidi E. Ruckman is a partner at the firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, PC and practices out of the Rockford and Chicago, IL offices. She concentrates her practice in civil defense and specifically in the defense of personal injury cases arising out of the trucking industry, premises liability, and auto accidents. In addition, she handles the defense of legal malpractice claims. She has tried several cases to verdict throughout Northern Illinois and has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations. She was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2000 and joined Heyl, Royster in 2006. She has authored several publications and is a frequent speaker at various claims handling seminars, in house meetings for clients and the bar association. She is a certified arbitrator in the Winnebago County Illinois Court Annexed Mediation Program, a vice-chair of the Commercial Transportation Committee of the American Bar Association, and is an active member of DRI, the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). When she is not practicing law, she spends her time running marathons and competing in Spartan endurance races throughout the United States.