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Testimonials

10 out of 10! I recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal representation! John Risvold went above and beyond and is very professional and top-notch! Morning day or night, he always found time and made time to answer my questions every step of the way. Never left me in the dark and always acted in a timely manner! Do not hesitate, if you need legal representation, John is the real deal and is honest, transparent, and straightforward every step of the way!

Brent C


Our home has been in our family for almost 80 years. Not only is it a financial asset, it is also a family heritage. We were devastated to learn that the home we love sits just above a groundwater stream that has been contaminated with toxic chemicals such as TCE, PCE, and vinylchloride. Understanding that these are very dangerous chemicals, and in spite of assurances of safety from the polluter, we hired the Collins Law Firm to represent us. Because the polluter is a huge economic, political, and social presence in our area, many observers told us we would not get anywhere in our flight. Those people do not know Shawn Collins, Norman Berger, or anyone else on the Collins Law team. Collins Law Team members are not just great lawyers, they are environmental champions, and compassionate humanitarians. They comfort and advise like a favorite chaplain, then fight like a lion. This team helped us restore confidence in our safety and put us on a path toward peace with our corporate neighbors. Above all, we have forged a friendship based on respect, appreciation, and admiration that will last a lifetime.

Bruce and Donna


Professional, knowledgeable, understanding, and hard-working are just a few words I would use to describe the legal team at the Collins Law Firm. After my child suffered an injury last year, I found myself in a position where I needed a personal injury lawyer. Having had no prior experience in this area, I chose the firm based on its strong reputation and could not have been more satisfied. Attorney Ed Manzke is second to none, and it was clear from our first discussion that he had the best interest of my child in mind. Ed kept me informed every step of the way and handled our case in a very timely manner. My experience with Ed and the Collins Law Firm was exceptional, and I would HIGHLY recommend them to any person seeking legal representation.

Maureen Morrissey


I could not be more pleased with the care and level of service I received from John Risvold and all the staff at Collins Law Firm. We were recommended to John by our trusted friend who is also an attorney but in a different area of expertise. With his suggestion, we never even talked to anyone else about our case. It was a complicated one, to say the least, as I had to try and collect damages from a hotel in Africa. That was an adventure to say the least, but I am glad to report that John made it as easy as it could possibly be. I really can't say enough good things about this firm. Their care and professionalism was truly exceptional.

Diane Petersen


We learned the hard way to never put all our eggs in one basket. We live in a quaint little subdivision and we love it so much that we bought four other houses to rent out as our retirement income source. We never dreamed how devastating a plume of contamination in groundwater could be to property values. Our peace of mind and retirement plan was shattered. Words cannot express how thankful we are for Shawn, Norm and the entire team at Collins Law Firm. They fought for proper testing and protection for our homes and protection of our property values. We could never have handled the situation on our own. Thank You! Thank You!! Thank You!!!

LouKay


My daughter was in an accident that required surgery. It was a very emotional experience. A friend referred us to Ed Manzke and the kind staff at the Collins Law Firm. We contacted Ed 2 weeks after her accident. I wish we contacted him the day after the accident. A weight was instantly lifted. We were able to concentrate on our daughter's recovery as Ed handled everything. He showed true concern for our daughter and our family. We were very satisfied with the outcome. I would highly recommend this firm.

Susan Hawes


The Collins Law Firm provided great customer service and allowed me to settle my auto accident for 3 times what the insurance company originally offered. Not only did they negotiate with the insurance company that we settled with, but also with my health insurance providers to get me the maximum settlement.

Tim Moore


10/10 recommend John Risvold. I was t-boned by semi-truck after the driver ran a red light in 2019. Not knowing our options at the time, we started calling Naperville law firms to figure out next steps. John took our frantic calls and provided guidance before even realizing we would be clients. We of course hired him, and he made the entire experience very easy throughout rather trying times. John's prompt, communicative, and has your best interest in mind at all times.

Melanie Fielder


On behalf of our family, many thanks to the Collins Law Firm for their help with a case involving our company's real estate holdings. We own commercial properties that have been contaminated by a corporation nearby. Our company has been seriously affected because commercial properties are difficult to sell or develop when contamination is discovered. Shawn Collins and his staff worked diligently to protect our rights and our investment. We highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for any environmental issue.

Gino and Stacy


If you are looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer. I would highly recommend Ed Manzke. From The Collins Law Firm in Naperville, IL. Ed was referred to me by one of my clients. Told me I would be in good hands and that Ed would take care of everything. Not only did Ed do all the work without me having to do anything. He handled everything he make it a very easy for me with no stress. Thank you Ed for everything I truly appreciate all your hard work.

Julie Barauskas


John Risvold at Collins Law is a gifted attorney. He is straightforward, aggressive, and honest. We not only had the best possible outcome to our case but as things progressed, he kept me up to date and remained in contact. John is very personable but also very professional, a rare quality in the legal field. Whenever I needed him, had any questions or concerns, he was available immediately. My son and I are very appreciative to him for helping us through a difficult time of our lives. Thank you, John.

Brianna McLuen


Shawn Collins and his team are truly incredible. We received notice from our corporate neighbors stating that chemicals had been found in the ground water and were possibly in our neighborhood. We hired the Collins Law firm to represent us in our fight for fair treatment. They took on the polluter and the state regulators. They fought like THEY had been personally harmed by the chemicals. Through their efforts we received proper testing and protection from these harmful chemicals in our neighborhood. We can't thank them enough for what they did for us!

Scott and Lynn


My wife and I used Collins Law Firm to handle our real estate closing and were very happy with their services. Rob Dawidiuk was a huge help to us when we encountered a few hurdles along the with our purchase and very thorough with the entire process. Him and Kristie were excellent to work with during what is a really stressful process. Highly recommend!

Ron Nastasowski


Ed Manzke at Collins Law Firm was recommended to us after a bad car accident. It was the best advice we received. Everything was handled very professionally and we were kept up to date during the process. We would definitely encourage anyone needing legal advise to consult with this law firm.

Cathy Gratton


I was in a pretty bad accident over a year and a half ago. It was a head-on collision on a side street involving 3 different vehicles. My friends and I only sustained minor injuries, thankfully. During that time, I had no idea what happens next because every other accident I've ever been in was a small fender bender, but this time our vehicle was totaled. My friends and I were referred to Collins Law Firm, more specifically John Risvold, attorney at law. Our first interaction with John was via phone call and he spoke to all 3 of us at once. From that first conversation, I knew that not only were we in good hands but that he was a dedicated individual who was focused and very kind. He reassured all of us that our health was most important and that material things like vehicles could be replaced but lives could not. We started a case against the at-fault party's insurance company and began a year-long journey into being compensated for the incident. I had some personal issues arise that pushed the accident to the bottom of my concerns and delayed communications with John. During that time, he and his office still worked diligently on my behalf to settle this case. I reconnected with him some months later and informed him of what I'd been dealing with to which he replied, "No worries, life happens." Though that was a small statement I don't think he knew exactly how much I needed to hear that. John was extremely professional, informative, and kind through this entire process. I agreed to an amount about a month ago and today was the day I picked up the settlement. I thanked him about a hundred times from when we first spoke up until our most recent email exchange. And today, I thanked him again for his hard work and dedication. I also asked if I'd be able to keep him as my lawyer for any future accidents or injuries and he said of course. Thank you again, John, I don't know if you'll read this long-winded statement, but I appreciate you and all that you do. Hopefully, I don't get into another accident or sustain any injuries minor or otherwise. But if I do I know who to call! Thanks again man, and thank you Collins Law Firm for providing great professionals to help with ordeals such as the one I went through.

Semaj


When our neighborhood received notices that our homes were contaminated with TCE and PCE, we began calling lawyers. My neighbor Tami S. found a law firm online. The Collins Law Firm. They met with us at her dance studio and after all our questions were asked and answered we all went home hoping that you lawyers would accept us as clients. Collins did accept us and a Class Action was begun on behalf of 129 homeowners. Mr. Collins and Mr. Manzke soon became Shawn and Ed to the Class and everyone felt as if they had their own personal lawyer.....as well they did. Over the months ahead, you big-city lawyers brought to our small town... meetings, the media, environmental experts, legal filings, and assurances that everything would be alright. Our homes were re-mediated, our water cleaned and a huge slurry wall was built to clean groundwater. On a really snowy day in the Birch Bayh Federal Bldg. in Indianapolis the opposing attorneys, and Shawn, Ed, Norm, Mike, my husband, and I spent hours. We achieved our goal. *Frankly, I had a great time talking sports with the guys. I have memories of that day that I treasure. We met once more in Indianapolis. This time with Federal Judge Tonya Pratt. A few months later the Class gathered at the high school auditorium and received checks. Contamination of Volatile Chemicals is frightening. I am so thankful that Tami S. brought Shawn, Ed, Norm, Mike, and the Collins Firm to us. *Scott Pruitt's EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis. Now that's scary.

Mary Bowles


Edward Manzke was amazing! Between him and Amber Blevins, they were a perfect team. Ed called me every step of the way with my personal injury claim. I was constantly updated with any new information and was provided a lot of support throughout. Highly highly recommend!!!!

Lauren Grossberg


Collins Law Firm was very professional, in particular working with John Risvold. John was great to work with. He set me at ease after a horrible car accident. John was very good with follow up and even responded back to me after hours and on weekends. I would recommend Collins Law Firm.

Wendy Romero


A+ experience with Collins Law Firm! My real estate attorney at another firm recommended them. Phoned the office, left brief message with receptionist, and received prompt callback from attorney. After brief 10-15 minute call she agreed to represent me and described her immediate plan of action. Felt such relief after worrying and wondering too long! She lifted my spirits by her manner and led the way! Over time I began working with Ed Manzke, Partner. The transition was made very smoothly as he was fully aware of all details and immediately put me at ease. Experienced, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and a gentleman. Explains things well and handles difficult situations confidently and to satisfactory conclusion. Very happy to recommend him and his firm!

Barbara Bartilson


John Risvold was able to put my mind at ease regarding my case. He provided answers to all of my questions and gave me honest answers to help me make the best decision for my situation. I would not hesitate to contact him again for any other legal matters that I might have. I felt I was in good hands with John, and The Collins Law Firm! Thank you!

Antonia Ray


Please let me share my true and personal “legal story.”

Like most individuals, I typically avoid attorneys. However, through my personal and business experiences I’ve learned that attorneys are not equal in their skills nor their compassions. Some are just professionally better and get the job done correctly.

It was in the summer of 2014 when my wife and I reluctantly agreed we’d try to assist a personal friend of mine who had fallen on hard times. We offered him an opportunity to introduce a new product of my mine using a traditional crowdfunding program. My direct involvement in his campaign would be minimal and I would communicate via phone when possible. The product was already manufactured and my friend would run the program with logistical support of my loyal team.

During the months leading to this decision, I was living at the hospital 24/7 caring for my wife of 30+ years who was failing in her battle against recurrent ovarian cancer. My friend was fully aware of my distractions. Honoring her final wish, my beloved wife quietly passed at our home on a warm mid-September night with our adopted daughter gently holding her mother’s hand. Only those who have lost a devoted spouse can comprehend the sudden void in my life.

Concurrent with my personal loss, my friend’s marketing efforts were successful and with the support of my logistical team, they garnered a six figure return during the record setting crowdfunding campaign.

As the Christmas season approached, something terrible and unforeseen occurred. My friend stated that all of the earned moneys were his and that he now owned 50% of my company. I was stunned. Although no promises were made, pledged, or discussed, his declarations were followed by a lawsuit just weeks after my wife was laid to rest.

Be assured it was very difficult to immerse myself into the spirt of the Christmas season without my devoted wife and trusted business partner beside me. As of this writing, I still cannot not fathom why a “friend” was demanding more than $30-million in exchange for our good faith effort to reverse his personal plight.

Enter attorney Shawn Collins: As the pending Christmas holidays neared, and through a trusted colleague, I was introduced to attorney Shawn Collins. Through grieving tears, I shared my legal challenge with Mr. Collins who was sitting across the table taking copious notes as he quietly asked questions. Thereafter, he agreed to accept my legal case. Unknowingly and now with clear hindsight, my Christmas gift that year was the connection I made with Shawn Collins.

Although an out of state trial was likely, I quickly learned Shawn was an extraordinarily fierce litigator and accomplished courtroom trial lawyer with unrivaled legal skills. While Shawn and his legal team meticulously compiled a very detailed chronology of my story, I discovered Shawn was also a compassionate gentleman who listened to my abundant questions and concerns. In lay terms he patiently explained how or why something would impact the outcome of my case. There was always a comfortable and open line of communication.

During the time that followed, Shawn and his legal team systematically dismembered the lawsuit allegations levied against me. The case settled without going to trial.

Although I still grieve for my beloved wife, Shawn’s legal skills caringly managed this very difficult chapter in my personal and business lives. I consider Shawn as a personal friend along with his talented colleagues who I also consider as trusted advisors that support my growing entrepreneurial endeavors.

Because of Shawn Collins, I can honestly say my personal “legal story” does have a happy ending.

Kirk K.


First and foremost, Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke of The Collins Law Firm should be in everybody's favorite list on their cell phones. With Shawn orchestrating and Ed being the driving force in getting their clients heard, they together are able to prepare a case that will achieve good results. They are very compassionate and thorough, and because of this, the end result is good for their clients. They keep you informed every step if the way, so that you always know the progress of your case. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Shawn and Ed because of their professionalism. We highly recommend them.

Daniel 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. Their sensitivity and compassion, combined with skill, competence and effectiveness, was admirable. This is an honorable law firm with integrity, which is something that's hard to find in this day and age. There was never a moment when I wasn't incredibly confident in this group of lawyers.

I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed.

Karen Dobner


We've worked with Rob and the banking team for several years. He handled over 100 million dollars of commercial loans with us, including several complicated eight-figure loans, and Rob always works out all the complications and gets us closed on time. His loan documentation department is well organized and always delivers.

Ryan Kastner, Vice President, Heartland Bank & Trust


Rob has represented our Bank in a variety of matters for over 10 years. He has been instrumental to the success of this Bank during that time. The Collins Law Firm banking team are excellent attorneys for real estate sales, loan documentation, and, of course, banking litigation.

Jan Schultz, President, First National Bank of Brookfield


My company was recently unfairly sued in a significant real estate matter. Rob and his team did a terrific job defending me in the matter all the way through trial, which we won. Rob is outstanding in helping guide my business strategies. My experience with The Collins Law Firm is that they are dedicated to solving my problems.

Peter Bray, Owner, Massage Envy (local franchises)


The Collins Law Firm (Shawn Collins) represented us in a complex Mass Tort case. Shawn's ability to organize our legal positions and clearly communicate our position to the many parties involved and to the courts was a huge part of our success! We could not have had better representation!

Shawn Collins is a true advocate for your cause. I recall sending Shawn a note during our litigation that said, 'I can pay you for your time, but I can't make you care. Thank you for caring about our case with such passion!

One of the things that makes Shawn and his team so great is their ability to listen. They truly listened to our concerns and represented us in the most appropriate manner. Shawn's communication skills are also second to none - this is essential when pleading your case! Shawn and his team at the Collins Law Firm are masters at creating the optimal strategy to represent you!

Eric J. Muehlbauer, MJ, CAE
CEO - North American Spine Society
Burr Ridge, IL


I have known Shawn Collins since 1990 when we first worked together at Mayer Brown. Shawn was my mentor, guiding me through my first pro bono case: a special education matter for a family seeking appropriate educational services for their son. Shawn was an inspiration to me (I had just graduated law school) - he was thorough, confident, poised, and cared so much about the case!

Shawn eventually opened his own practice, and he and I always stayed in touch and have worked on multiple matters together. Shawn likes to fight for the good guy - he takes the David vs. Goliath cases - and he wins! Shawn shows dedication and passion - along with superior analytical, writing, and speaking skills - and he has an impeccable instincts about the law and the players in each case. Shawn has an unmistakable presence, whether in the boardroom or in the courtroom.

I have worked both for and with Shawn and The Collins Law Firm on various commercial and employment litigation matters. I have also consulted with him on special education matters (my area of concentration). Shawn is able to learn about any area of law quickly, he grasps the practical as well as theoretical issues presented, and he cuts to the chase to obtain the best results in the quickest manner and at the lowest cost to his clients.

There is no lawyer I would recommend more highly than Shawn and his Firm.

Sandy Strassman-Alperstein


My family was struck by an uninsured drunk driver. The resulting claims presented multiple complex legal issues. Ed Manzke assisted us with the matter from day one through settlement of the claim. We are confident Ed's expertise and knowledge assisted us in maximizing our settlement amount. I would recommend Ed and The Collins Law Firm on any legal matter involving personal injury claims.

P.B. Du Page County, IL


I have been a trial lawyer practicing in Chicago for over 35 years. I was a government trial lawyer, ran my own law firm for 20 years, and am currently a partner with a 700 lawyer firm. I have tried cases with, and against, some of the finest lawyers in the country. I have had the good fortune to work side by side with Shawn, as co-counsel, on many cases - difficult cases - for the past 17 years. We have been together at trial and in literally hundreds of meetings, hearings, depositions, conference calls and the like. Together with our clients, we have successfully navigated cases involving important issues, including serious health issues. I have seen Shawn in virtually every situation that we, as trial lawyers, confront, and I can say, without reservation, that I have never known a more passionate, committed, skilled, effective, selfless and honest advocate. Every client is Shawn's most important client. Because I know the depth of his skill and his commitment, I regularly refer clients to Shawn. I regularly seek his counsel. If I, personally, ever needed a trial lawyer...Shawn would be my lawyer."

Norman B. Berger
Partner


I have had the privilege of knowing Shawn Collins for some 15 years and have admired him for his intelligence, discerning insight and integrity. Shawn has distinguished himself and his practice as leaders in business, environmental and personal injury law. He has shared eye-opening perspectives on business, leadership and human nature with me and my clients, and I have relied on his wisdom and skilled advocacy, both for my business and my family. He is an extraordinary attorney whom I recommend without reservation.

Deborah Newman Roe


I was more than fortunate to have The Collins Law Firm and Shawn Collins represent me, as a minority shareholder, in our family-owned business dispute. Shawn defended and preserved my position within the company, saving my career, our business and my family's future.

It became clear early on that Shawn has a number of very unique skills. He has a special ability to both analyze and articulate complex issues while providing creative and very effective strategies at the same time. He is also very perceptive, with exceptional insight.

With so much at stake for me and for my family, Shawn demonstrated a full commitment to us with his high energy and empathy unique to lawyers. His knowledge, diligence and commitment won our case and provided me the opportunity to move forward and become the sole owner of the business.

As I look back on those challenging times, I remind myself how blessed we were to have Shawn at our side. He was a counselor whose instincts I trusted implicitly, and he was there for us in every way possible. We simply could not have asked for more, and I continue to rely on him as a trusted advisor today.

On a very personal level, I also respect Shawn's commitment to his family and community, his volunteerism and mentoring, and I am in awe of his endless energy. My family and I will continue to thank The Collins Law Firm and Shawn Collins for the balance of our lives.

We owe Shawn a debt of gratitude we can never repay.

Jay and Chris Fregeau, Owner/CEO and Corporate Advisor


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.

Margaret Amen


Ed Manzke and the staff at The Collins Law Firm did a wonderful job handling my personal injury claim. Ed provided me with the direction and support I needed and kept me updated during the process. I know I was in good hands with Ed and his staff and highly recommend The Collins Law Firm!

Leslie Johnson


I can completely recommend The Collins Law Firm, P.C. I am very familiar with The Collins Law Firm, P.C. and the work of its attorneys. I have hired them to handle matters for me personally as well as corporate matters for my organization. As an attorney myself, I have high standards, and TCLF has exceeded these each time. Their legal work is thorough, well-researched, knowledgeable and honest.

J.K.

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