John Risvold

John Risvold

Naperville, Illinois

John joined The Collins Law Firm in 2017 as an associate trial lawyer. As a trial lawyer John handles personal injury, medical negligence, wrongful death, environmental and other catastrophic injury cases. John works exclusively for victims and consumers to ensure they get the justice they deserve.

He has tried cases to verdict in the Chicago area and taken depositions throughout the country. Prior to joining The Collins Law Firm, John worked on both the defense and plaintiff’s side, giving him a unique insight into how cases are handled by defense firms. 

A graduate of the University of Missouri, John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law. While at Mizzou, John was recognized as one of the school’s top trial advocates, receiving the R. David Ray Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award and CALI Award for best Trial Advocate. He graduated Order of Barristers, a distinction which is given to the 10 attorneys in each class who exhibit excellence and attain high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy.

In 2017, John was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. A distinction which recognizes 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in each state.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri


  • University of Missouri School of Law
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • University of Missouri
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice
  • R. David Ray Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Delta Tau Delta