John D. RisvoldPartner
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
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
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
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice
- R. David Ray Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
- 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star
- Delta Tau Delta
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.