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John D. Risvold

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Phone: (630) 527-1784 Ext: 236
Fax: (630) 527-1193

1770 Park St #200
Naperville, Illinois 60563

John, a personal injury trial lawyer at The Collins Law Firm P.C., has dedicated his career to fighting those responsible for injuring his clients. He focuses his practice on medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and catastrophic personal injury. He spends the majority of his practice helping victims of catastrophic injury obtain justice.

As a trial lawyer, John works tirelessly to get the best outcome for his clients and has recovered over $5.5 million for his clients. He has tried cases to verdict in Illinois and handled cases throughout the country. Prior to joining The Collins Law Firm, John defended large multi-national corporations in multi-million dollar litigation, giving him a unique insight into how cases are handled by the companies and individuals responsible for catastrophic injury.

John's cases have been recognized by Top Verdict, including:

  • A Top 100 Verdict in Illinois, Johnson v. 53rd Woodlawn Kimbark Shopping Center, Inc
  • A Top 100 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement in America, Moss v. Braun, et. al.

His work has earned him numerous honors, including:

  • Selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017-2023
  • Selected for inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers”;
  • Selected for inclusion in the Order of the Barristers;
  • Awarded the R. David Ray Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award;
  • Listed as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Illinois

John is active in several professional organizations that work to ensure his clients’ access to the courts remains intact, including the American Associate for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

John and his cases have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Chicago Daily Herald, Naperville Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Magazine, Super Lawyers Magazine, The Detroit News, the American Association for Justice SideBar Newsletter, ABC7 Chicago, WBBM Radio Chicago and other publications and news organizations.

John has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. He lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and three children.


J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 2012
Honors: Order of Barristers
R. David Ray Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award
Journal of Dispute Resolution

B.A., University of Missouri, 2008
Major: Political Science, English

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Chicago Bar Association
Director – Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Amicus Curiae Committee Member

American Association for Justice

DuPage County Bar Association

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
Fraternities / Sororities
  • Delta Tau Delta
Featured Cases and Matters

Confidential Settlement versus a Cook County Hospital

After her caesarian section surgery, a surgical sponge was left inside of a new mother. John was able to successfully negotiate a confidential settlement with the hospital and the OB/GYN on behalf of the client.

Policy Limits Settlement in Head on Car Crash

When the insurance company wouldn’t be fair, we took them to court. Following several months of litigation, after taking key depositions and proving fault, the insurance company agreed to settle the case for their full policy limits for our brain injured client.

Client Reviews
Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.