Mark Rigazio has been a trial lawyer for over 25 years. He has tried cases in the courtrooms of Will, Grundy, Bureau, Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Rock Island, and Iroquois Counties, as well as many others throughout the state of Illinois. He has argued cases before trial judges and juries in those counties, as well as the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois. Mark has handled many different types of cases before these courts, including traffic tickets, DUI, serious personal injury matters, on behalf of injured people & criminal defense cases.
Mark was featured in The Joliet Herald News, in a Sunday addition article, in which the Herald News stated, “Rigazio is a driving force behind protecting people from nursing home abuse and neglect.” He was selected by his peers, throughout the State of Illinois, to author articles used for educational purposes, for the 2006 medical malpractice handbook, and again in 2010. The article authored by Mark was for the purpose of educating other attorneys throughout Illinois in the proper manner and method to represent abused and neglected individuals and their families against nursing homes, and to instruct attorneys throughout Illinois on how to best be able to prepare their cases for trial against these corporations.
Many of the nursing homes were forced to correct their abusive and neglectful acts towards the elderly and several received reprimands and monetary sanctions from the State of Illinois’s Governmental Agencies overseeing Nursing Homes.
The Joliet Herald News article and the Illinois Continuing Legal Education article acknowledged Mark’s aggressiveness in bringing to the forefront and exposing the horrendous conditions in Nursing Homes. Mark has encouraged other attorneys to get involved in what is an epidemic of abuse upon the elderly, whose loved ones have entrusted their care to these facilities. Mark has been successful in securing compensation for the injured and neglected, and their families in numerous cases, and believes that these individuals are the most vulnerable of our society, and must be protected. Mark feels, “It is fulfilling to achieve a successful monetary result for my clients and their families. However, the ultimate satisfaction is simply being able to help those who are least able to help themselves, and to expose what I feel is unfair and degrading treatment of human beings.”
Mark has a high winning percentage in representing injury victims in all types of Personal Injury Matters, including Automobile/Truck Accidents or Collisions, Medical Malpractice Errors, Products Liability Cases, Animal Attacks, Slip and Falls, Workers’ Compensation Cases, and many others. A small sample of those results, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts, judgments, settlements and arbitrations, can be seen on this web site under the heading Results.
Mark was raised in the LaSalle/Peru area of Central Illinois, and attended LaSalle/Peru high school. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he enrolled and was accepted at the Northern Illinois University College of Law. At the same time, Mark was working on a loading dock on the midnight shift and full time weekends. All this time, he was raising a family. He also worked throughout college and law school as a construction worker, being a member of the Iron Workers’ and Teamsters’ Unions, while obtaining his college and law school degrees.
After graduating from law school, Mark accepted a position as an Assistant State’s Attorney for LaSalle County, initially assigned to traffic and misdemeanor cases. He then worked his way into the prosecution of higher profile cases, before being asked to be the First Assistant State’s Attorney of Grundy County, located in Morris, IL. In that position, he prosecuted criminals charged with just about every type of felony matter, including burglary, drug use, drug trafficking, robbery, theft, theft by deception, as well as numerous other types of cases. His conviction rate and aggressiveness in pursuing those individuals who have committed crimes upon others is well documented.
He currently has offices in Morris/Grundy County Illinois. However, he has represented the injured throughout almost every county in Northern and Central Illinois. Mark takes pride in his work and understands the utmost importance of the profession, as well displaying a compassionate attitude towards those he represents.
Mark believes, “The practice of law is neither a job, a business, nor an occupation. It is your calling, duty, and—therefore—your life”.
Mark has served as an Arbitrator in numerous Personal Injury Litigation matters, and has extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of Personal Injury. Mark is or has been, over his years of practice, a member of the Illinois State BAR Association, the American BAR Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Grundy County BAR Association, (Having served as a past President) the Will County BAR Association, and the LaSalle County BAR Association, amongst various other professional organizations.
Mark has engaged in numerous local voluntary endeavors, ranging from youth sports to community activities, and believes that the building of a solid community starts with the principles and foundation of those within. As well as a compassion for the law and the people he represents, his greatest love is his family.